Visiting the sick

Those who are suffering in hospital or facing a difficult diagnosis, can often feel very alone.

Hospital Chaplaincy coordinator Jackie Saretsky, Fr. Benedict Arakkal and other priest chaplains visit those who are sick (including patients from out of town) at Royal University and Saskatoon City Hospitals.

For pastoral visits, spiritual care, and/or hospital chaplaincy, including requests to see a priest  at Royal University Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital please call Jacqueline Saretsky at 306-292-5531 or e-mail or priest chaplain Fr. Benedict Arakkal at 306-371-7125.

For St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, where Spiritual Care is a hospital priority, please ask at the nursing desk, or call 306-655-5000 and ask them to page Spiritual Care.

Question about medical / health ethics? For information or inquiries related to health ethics, plese contact the Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan (CHAS) ethicist, Dr. Mary Heilman at or call Dr. Heilman at (306) 655-5197.



The diocesan Hospital Chaplaincy team, funded by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, provides pastoral outreach at the two secular hospitals in the city of Saskatoon: Royal University Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital. Because St. Paul’s Hospital is a Catholic hospital, their spiritual care program has existed since it opened, more than 100 years ago.

In addition to full-time chaplain/coordinator, Jacqueline Saretsky (Cell: 306-292-5531 or Office: 306-659-5839), the team includes priest chaplain Rev. Benadict Arakkal (Call 306-371-7125, and a number of other priests who cover calls on weekends.

Palliative Care:

“Finding the Gifts” is a video project funded by the Knights of Columbus. The Communications and Education sub-committee of a Bishop’s Advisory Group produced the videos hoping to capture the gift of life and hope that can be found even in difficult circumstances.


Dying Healed workshops:

The Dying Healed workshop teaches important issues about human suffering, human dignity and the power of human presence, as well as other end of life issues.

The workshop includes important pastoral and practical aspects of what to say, how to listen, and how to be with people who suffer illness, disability and loneliness. It is intended to be a preparatory training for those who would like to spend time with people who are elderly, ill, disabled and dying; those people who are the most vulnerable to the negative influences to Canada’s euthanasia and assisted suicide law.

Those interested in hosting a Dying Healed workshop can contact Jacqueline Saretsky at (306) 292-5531 or Email for more information.