Welcome to Catholic Health Association of Manitoba
The Catholic Health Association of Manitoba (CHAM) is a voluntary, provincial association dedicated to the healing Ministry of the Catholic Church. Through its Ministries of education health care ethics, spiritual care, social justice and Catholic ownership, CHAM fulfills its mission CHAM fulfills its mission of compassionate concern and respect for all persons.
Our members span the continuum of social services, long term and continuing care, acute care, and seniors’ services across Manitoba. Each year, we strive to foster relationships between our members through regular correspondence and newsletters, formation offerings, advocacy support, and special events.
COVID-19 Support for Managers, staff and their families
The coronavirus pandemic is taking it's toll on many management teams, staff, residents, patients and families. CHAM, in partnership with Réseau Compassion Network, Aulneau Renewal Centre, Sara Riel Inc., St.Amant and the Interfaith Healthcare Association of Manitoba, have put together a series of workshops, tools and resources to help and support those who are feeling compassion fatigue, anxiety, burnout, fear, and stressed. Please refer to the Ministry of Care section of this website for a full list of offerings.
Join the Journey - Body, Mind & Spirit
Spiritual Care Training Series
CHAM is offering a new program to expand the ability of CHAM member facilities and parishes to help people understand the aging journey and the role of spirituality in an older person's life. Participants will develop a holistic understanding of an older person and be able to offer quality spiritual care.
Participants would then have the tools to support people who may be frail, alone and lonely either in their homes, long-term care home, supportive housing complex or even hospital.
The training in this program is excellent for staff who work in a care home or hospital, for individuals caring for loved ones in their home or for people who visit with seniors in their homes or care homes.
The training program consists of the following eight segments:
- Understanding the ageing process
- Spirituality in ageing
- Good Communication
- The Power of Storytelling
- A New Home and a New Way of Life
- Grief, Loss, Death and Dying
- Roles, Boundaries and Self-Care
To view the poster click HERE. The fall series is in progress and a new offering will take place in the new year.
"The material presented in the course was not only insightful, but also often personally challenging, allowing a person considering Spiritual Care for the older person to understand not only the amazing possibilities of love and service in this type of care, but also to understand the resulting personal journey for the spiricutal carer."
John Longhurst helps celebrate and promote National Catholic Healthcare week.
National Catholic Health Care Week from Sunday, October 4 to Saturday, October 10, 2020
At the heart of Catholic health care is a deep respect for the intrinsic value and dignity of every human being and an unwavering commitment to serving all people, from all backgrounds and faiths – especially society’s most vulnerable.
Awaken: Revealing the Courageous Gift of Catholic Health Care National Catholic Health Care Week is part of a broader Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) initiative called Awaken: Revealing the Courageous Gift of Catholic Health Care, an invitation to unite our voices and create a movement to boldly, confidently express the role, value, and impact of Catholic health care in Canada. Awaken cultivates ambassadors and advocates to be vocal, informed supporters of Catholic health care in Canada. Each of us contributes to this campaign through conversations we have with influencers and decisionmakers in our communities, provincially, and nationally.
Nationally, Catholic health care serves over 5 million Canadians each year and employs over 88,000 people. Our footprint is big. Our hearts are even bigger. And our belief that we are part of each other’s journey, there to support and transform one another, is the foundation it’s all built on.
SUNDAY - OCTOBER 4TH AT 7 PM: Compassionate Healers' Mass via You Tube:
Compassionate Healers Mass from Holy Family Home
MONDAY - OCTOBER 7TH: Celebrating the Courageous Gift of Health Care
TUESDAY - OCTOBER 8TH: Healing Body, Mind and Spirit
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 9TH: We honour peoples stories; illness is only one of those stories
THURSDAY - OCTOBER 10TH: We believe in social justice; we are advocates in our communities
FRIDAY - OCTOBER 11TH: We are leaders in Catholic Health Care, serving communities for over 400 years
•It is normal to feel sad, distressed, worried, confused, fearful and angry during a time of crisis.
•Draw on any helpful skills that you may have used in the past during difficult times to manage your emotions during this outbreak.
•Talk to people you trust, perhaps friends and family.
•If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker, social worker, spiritual health provider, religious leader, community elder, or any other trust person in your community.
•Get the facts about your risk and how you can take precautions. Use credible sources to get information.
If necessary call Health links at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257. You can also source information about covid-19 at https://www.gov.mb.ca/health/coronavirus/index.html
•Employees have counselling services available through EAP. Contact 204-786-8880,or 1-800-590-5553.
•If you must stay at home, maintain a happy lifestyle, (including a proper diet, sleep, exercise if possible, and social contact at home). Keep in touch with family and friends through, email, phone, facetime etc.
•Limit your use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs to cope with your emotions.
•Limit the amount of time you spend watching, listening, and reading upsetting media coverage.
Practice relaxation exercises (e.g. breathing, meditation, mindfulness, prayer)
•Remember you are not alone. Together we will work together to support one another.
Source: Some material adapted from Source: WHO. Coping with stress during the 2019-nCOV outbreak: Geneva. 2020, page 17, https://sharedhealthmb.ca/files/briefing-note-covid-and-mental-health.pdf
Our lives unfold in moments; fully experiencing the moments of our lives helps us find more peace and experience much less worry, anxiety, and depression. Mindfulness involves paying attention to what is happening in the present moment. Let us decide to become aware of our own thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and behaviors. … being aware of the sights, sounds, and smells in our environment, irrespective of what happened yesterday or last year, and what may or may not happen in the future. The present moment is where we always are.
The practice of gratitude may actually reduce or deter “negative” feelings such as anger, bitterness, and worry. Gratitude helps to dissolve negative f