Prayer Shawl Group

Calling knitters and crocheters--even beginners!

Our ministry was founded Fall 2013 by a group of parishioners wishing to come together in community to knit or crochet prayer shawls for those in need of comfort and healing. Our monthly gatherings are a time to share, pray, reflect, rejoice, and learn from one another.

When our shawls are finished, with many blessings of healing prayed into every stitch, Father John or Deacon Steve join us to bless the shawls before they are given to someone in need.

We are knitters and crocheters of all levels and abilities and we welcome all to join. There are talented teachers in our group who can help beginners, and supplies of yarn are available.

Though we sometimes bring new prayers in to share, we often start our sessions with the following prayer:

Gathering Prayer and Blessing

(for group work) By: Cathleen O'Meara Murtha, DW

As we gather in community to share our prayer, our stories, the work of our hearts and hands, we pray for God's blessing on our endeavors:

A blessing to my mind - to be free to enter this time of contemplative activity...
A blessing to my hands - to be the source of creating something of beauty and love...
A blessing to my soul - to be open to the promptings of loving and caring...
A blessing to my yarn - to be shaped into patterns of loving and caring...
A blessing to my needles - to be the holders of stitches as they become a whole garment...
A blessing to my knitting - to be a work of heart and hands, body and spirit...
A blessing on the one who will receive the fruit of my prayer and my knitting...
May this shawl be welcomed in the spirit in which it was knitted...
May we become one with the One who knitted each of us in our mother's womb...

I join my blessing, my prayer and my knitting with women all over the earth in this common effort to bring healing and wholeness, comfort and celebration.

Requesting a Shawl

The maker of the shawl begins and ends their craft with prayers and a blessing for the recipient. Some uses for a shawl are for those undergoing medical treatments, to comfort one after a loss, during bereavement, during hospice treatment, commitment or marriage ceremonies, during an illness and recovery, for caretakers ministering to others…the possibilities are endless. Please ask us for a request form.

Calendar of Gatherings

We meet monthly in the parish center on the first Tuesday at 7 pm. We meet in the Brebeuf Room, which is located downstairs.

Donations

Our ministry would greatly appreciate donations of yarn and/or money to purchase yarn. Donations of yarn can be brought to the parish center. If you wish to make a monetary donation to our fund to buy yarn for the shawls, we welcome the gift.

Contact information

If you have donations or questions about our ministry or joining, please contact: Sheila Prusa at prayershawlgroup@