We would like to combine the care and the love of knitting and crocheting with prayer that reaches out to those of our parish in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted or crocheted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. The knitter may use a written prayer, or it may simply come from her heart. How she prays is entirely up to her.
When the shawl is completed, it is blessed during Mass. This shawl will be given to a parishioner who is in need of healing. (An illness, hospice, a crisis, a difficult personal time, etc.) Each shawl will have a tag attached, explaining the significance of this ministry. The goal is simply to remind those who are suffering that they are not alone in their difficult time. Most importantly, it is giving our parishioners the feeling of being surrounded by a community of faith. It is a visible sign that God is with them. Thus, the blessing is rippled from person to person, with both the giver and the receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a sheltering God.
We have donated over 3,000 prayer shawls to the surrounding hospitals, assisted living, Reiman Cancer Center, healing retreats, etc. Outreach is a component of this ministry.
Though most of the knitting and crocheting is done in their homes, the volunteers like to meet on the fourth Thursday of every month at 9:30am at the Parish Office (695 College Avenue) (Please watch bulletin for dates). Yarn is provided for this ministry and kept at the Parish Office. If you would like to participate or learn more about this ministry, contact the Parish Office at 414-762-6810.