Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Inside the Sacred Heart Church is Carmel leaning against the pew while Father John is seated, both looking forward and smiling

Pastoral and spiritual care is a person-centred, holistic approach to care that complements the care offered by other helping disciplines, while paying particular attention to spiritual care.

The focus of pastoral care is on the healing, guiding, supporting, reconciling, nurturing, liberating, and empowering of people in whatever situation they find themselves.

Pastoral and spiritual care works inclusively with all people regardless of religious affiliation and liaises with other workers or services relevant to the client’s needs.

In addition to the pastoral and spiritual care provided by all Sacred Heart Mission client-service staff, a designated Pastoral and Spiritual Care Worker works in collaboration with the Parish Chaplaincy team, across our client and homeless services.

Pastoral and spiritual care support can be of great benefit in helping people experiencing homelessness and other clients who are dealing with pain, loss, loneliness and anxiety, along with those celebrating their joys and victories.

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0136,596Meals served through our meals program over the last year
069,269Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
05,740Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respects to them, their culture and their elders past, present and emerging.


Sacred Heart Mission believes that the diversity of abilities, genders, sexualities, relationship identities, bodies and cultures in our community enriches us all and should be celebrated. Everyone is welcome at our table.