Bath Area Catholic University Chaplaincy
The Catholic Chaplaincy in Bath has its own ‘downtown’ Centre in basement of the Presbytery of St. John the Evangelist Church, accessed via stone steps by Parish Hall. There is a video entry phone at the top of the stairs. The Catholic Chaplaincy Centre is a contact place for students from both Universities and other Higher Education Institutes along with other young Catholics of Bath. The centre is open for drop-in sessions at announced times throughout the academic year. In addition, the centre hosts by prior arrangements a variety of activities for Bath Catholic Youth. Various events are scheduled from time to time by CathSoc and by the Chaplain Father Christopher Whitehead. So feel welcome to come to everything and anything!
Royal United Hospital Catholic Chaplaincy
The Catholic Chaplaincy at the Royal United Hospital provides pastoral, spiritual and religious support and care, to patients, their carers and hospital staff. Mandy Baker is the Catholic Chaplain on the Ecumenical Chaplaincy Team - she works closely with the clergy, the team of Eucharistic ministers and Chaplaincy volunteers from the Bath Deanery.
The ministry of Chaplain seeks to build a relationship of trust through a compassionate presence listening to the needs and concerns of the patients, and offering care and support through prayer and the sacraments. Sometimes support may focus on the emotional or spiritual adjustment to illness, or on the search for meaning and purpose through the experience of difficult times. For some people and their families coming into hospital can be a time of great anxiety. Individuals have to cope with their loss of control, of being vulnerable and placing trust in others in a very different environment from that of ordinary life. The pastoral care of the chaplaincy is part of the holistic care of the ‘whole’ person which includes not only a person’s physical health but also their social, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing.
If you or a loved one is going into hospital please contact the Catholic Chaplain so that she can arrange visits and the sacraments. If you would like to receive Holy Communion at the weekend please let her know by Friday afternoon.