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News and Updates
September 23, 2022
Dear NACC Members,
NACC continues to offer Member Peer Support Networking to help our members through many of our social and emotional burdens of the past year. Our topics change, but the focus remains on you and your ministry and how our members support each other through the weariness, fatigue, and uncertainty. Who better than a chaplain to support a chaplain?
Join us for an hour to rest, to chat, and to feel less alone.
NACC will offer a peer networking session on October 13. Please bring what is on your heart. Our topics vary to address what is important to you in the moment.
ATTENTION: You will need to register HERE for this call. You will be sent the ZOOM information automatically to access this session. If you have trouble registering please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes from previous sessions can be found below.
Listening Hearts – a one-on-one call with a retired chaplain is always available. Email Margaret at email@example.com to be connected with a retired colleague. Learn more about Listening Hearts at this link.
Erica Cohen Moore
Resources may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• NACC Member Listening Sessions (2022)
NACC COVID-19 Resources and Listening Session Highlights – 02/16/2022
NACC COVID-19 Resources and Listening Session Highlights – 03/16/2022
NACC COVID-19 Resources and Listening Session Highlights – 04/12/2022
NACC COVID-19 Resources and Listening Session Highlights – 05/18/2022
NACC COVID-19 Resources and Listening Session Highlights – 06/14/2022
NACC Peer Support Networking Session Highlights 07/18/2022
NACC Peer Support Networking Session Highlights 09/14/2022
• Sacraments and Sacramentals
Ash Wednesday resources from the Catholic Health Association (CHA):
Addendum: Ash Wednesday Guidelines for Sacramental Celebrations in a Health Care Setting
2021 Ash Wednesday Reflection Prayer
June 25, 2020: The Pastoral Care Advisory Committee of the Catholic Health Association, in partnership with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), offer the following guidelines for the provision of sacraments in a health care setting with attention to public health concerns.
Guidelines for Sacramental Celebrations in a Health Care Setting During Covid-19 (updated Jan. 2021)
2020 May Sacramental Practices Survey Results – shows how our priest members responded to the recent survey regarding Sacramental Practices in the COVID-19 environment.
Reminder of the Fundamentals for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick -This document provides basic information on the Sacrament of Anointing from Canon Law and the Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum, as well as the March 20, 2020 Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on Plenary Indulgences. This document was reviewed by the USCCB Office of Divine Worship.
Questions and Answers regarding sacramental practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic – This document was prepared in partnership with CHA and covers a variety of questions on sacramental practices. It was reviewed by both Bishop Hying, NACC Episcopal Liaison, and the USCCB Office of Divine Worship. We will continue to add to it as needed, it was last updated 3/31/20.
• System/hospital protocols
Should the Older Adults Remain in Quarantine as States Relax Stay-at-Home Restrictions? – by Thomas S. Klitzner, MD-PhD
Tim Serban from Providence St. Joseph Health shared two resources:
Quick Reference Guide for Spiritual Support in Disasters / Covid-19
Spiritual Health Guidance on Ritual Modifications
Rev. Lawrence X. Chellian shared the following sample of some general guidelines for spiritual care responses to the COVID-19 circumstances: Spiritual Care Response To COVID 19
Deacon Charles Stump, MS, MPM, Director of Pastoral Services for the Diocese of Dallas shared this document:
Clarifications on Decrees Cancelling Public Masses and Dispensing Catholics of Sunday Obligation
• Spiritual Care Rituals/Services
A ritual during COVID times — Annual Day of Remembrance at Santa Clara Medical Center, San Jose, CA – by Sr. Donna Maria J. Moses OP, BCC, Los Altos, CA
Deborah A. Scionti BCC shared this Act of Spiritual Communion document for use while Sacrament cannot be received physically:
Act Of Spiritual Communion
From NACC member Michele A. Boccia: