Prayer Shawl Ministry
"It's not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts." Mother Teresa
Volunteers of the Prayer Shawl Ministry knit and crochet blankets and shawls that are saturated with blessings and prayers for healing, peace, comfort, hope, and love. The group meets in the parish Business Office dining room on the first and third Thursday of the month. The blankets and shawls -- beautiful tokens of care for a new baby, a student heading off to college, or someone who is ill -- are available free of charge at the office for anyone in need of a comforting “hug from God," but donations to cover the cost of yarn are always welcome.
In addition to the prayer shawls and blankets, the volunteers of this ministry have generously offered their talents for several other parish projects. They created hundreds of care dolls to send with Doctors Without Boarders for the children of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. They've also made matching blue and gold scarves for the OLA School 8th graders who attended the March For Life in Washington, D.C. Our parish's Faith Formation catechists have received small prayer squares, as part of their blessing on Catechetical Sunday and a tangible reminder of their important vocation as teachers of our faith. The newly baptized babies of Saint Maria Goretti and Our Lady of the Assumption Churches are given baby blankets as a remembrance of the day they were welcomed into our faith family.
All of the needlework is prayed over by the crafter and artisan companions, the Rosary Group, one of our priests, and the Bible Study group. Every stitch is infused with prayers in the name of Jesus our friend, savior, comforter, and healer, and the finished products are as close as human hands can create to “The hem of His garment”.
To pick up a prayer shawl or baby blanket, feel free to call or drop by our parish office during business hours. To volunteer or for more information about the ministry, please contact Carol Farina.
Read a U.S. Catholic article by Marianne Antczak entitled, "The Spirituality of Knitting."