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That's wonderful!

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When I was in college, our pro-life group made prayer scarves.


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What we are planning is Iam oputting a note in the bulletin in our church cluster inviting people to join us for a monthly meeting on third Thursday before Mass and adoration Our preist will bless our needles and work and we will pray before we start together. We are planning to give them to the hospital patients and to parishioners we think would benefit. The first one I made I sent by mail to a relative for a special intention It was very well recieved. They can be given out in person or if you do not find that there are people at your church able to join with you to make a group . Your local hospital chaplain may have information about a group serving the hospital. Getting together to share this ministry isa great blessing.


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I just found this thread. First of all, emoticonemoticon Welcome back!

Second, I have recently learned how to knit and crochet, beginner level with both, and would love to have some recipients of my straight designs! I don't know how to due purls or circles or anything yet. I need to find a way to get them to people when finished, but I should make some before I promise any!




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That sounds like something I can handle. Thanks.



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the ones that I am making are with Lion Brand homespun yarn. Cast on 60 . then all plain knitting for 60 inches. A fringe at ends,It takes about 3 skeins of yarn . the directions are inside the paper on the yarn. There can be any kind of pattern desired though . the important thing is that the recipient is prayed for.and recieves a message with the shawl so they know it.


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Do you have a specific pattern you follow for the shawls and lap blankets?



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thank you all for your comments and observations. I must tell you that I got started because an old friend asked me to attend a retreat at an oceanside convent/ retreat center " Marie Joseph spiritual center" in my state of Maine. I first said oh no i can't knit. She responded I will teach you. So to please her I agreed to go. I started a shawl with her help, it was blessed at the retreat by the group and i gave it to someone I knew pesonally to meet a need. I got such a positive response, that I was convinced that this is a real need out there. I am hoping that we can include Divine Mercy holy cards with the shawl and a specific shawl prayer as we give them to hospitalized patients. Thank you all for your support. I think I will have some questions for you .regarding getting a ministry started.


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How sad and desperate people must be to steal from the elderly.



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Unfortunately they do steal from the elderly. My Dad has had things taken from his room a few times.

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All I know is my mother has received 5 quilts and a prayer shawl and they are at her home just in case someone would steel it. She won't even allow anything to stay to make her stark room homey. She does not realize this is her home.
And if someone is so desperate they steal from a 86 year old woman....
there is a special place in hell for them.


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Oh! And welcome back BABCIATEA!



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What a lovely idea. As I read these posts, I thought about all the hours of prayer that could be said during the creation of a shawl. And then to have it blessed and given to someone who needs it. Wonderful.



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The Cenacle Retreat House here in Houston has a prayer shawl ministry. People make or donate yarn for the shawls and prayers are said while making them and afterwards for whomever is the recipient. My mother is 89 and still pretty spry in her assisted living apartment and I got her one for Mother's Day. She loves it even though because of all the donated yarn the colors were 'rather unique!!'

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You're most welcome. :)



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Thanks for answering my questions!

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The prayer shawls can be triangular or rectangular and in a variety of colors or made of variegated yarn. The pattern is left up to the individual who is making the item to select. We also make lap blankets as well.

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What a lovely idea. I don't knit but believe such a ministry is a blessing and blessed thing. I'll be checking to see if we have one in our parish.

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Are the prayer shawls triangular, like a regular shawl, or rectangular? What colour, or colours, are they?
It really sounds like a wonderful ministry!

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Have made prayers shawl knit and crochet and gave them away

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Thanks 0309 cookie for the historical background. Our ministry will start out by donating shawls to our local hospital where one of the priests that says Mass at our church is chaplin. We also intend to give them to people in the parish who might benefit. The pillow idea is great. Thanks !!
we were trying to think of a way to include folks who can not knit or crochet SPark people are wonderful peopleemoticon Shawls can bevery basic that is all plain knit or crochet or very fancy. Since i just learned to knit and I hope to pray simple spoken prayer such as" Jesus I trust in You" Mine will be very simple for a while. Already i have been so personally blessed it is unbelievable. The first one I made was for a cousins wife in a joy . I know it meant a lot to her. When our group gets going it should be a great boost to fellowship

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Thank you for telling us all about them.
What a wonderful ministry.
I cannot knit or crochet - but perhaps my dh and I can donate yarn ...

cj

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Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." -- (almost-Saint!) Pope John Paul II





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This sounds wonderful. I've never heard of prayer shawls before. I'll have to see if we have anything like that going on in our parish. Thanks for the information.

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I will provide you with information that I have from my ministry (Our Lady of Lourdes, Whitehouse Station, NJ):

What is a Prayer Shawl - simply put a prayer shawl is a tangible evidence of prayer.

About The Shawls

Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance.

In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to a ministry as a result of their experience in this program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direction of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS.

Care and the love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many blessings are knitted into every shawl. The knitter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient.

Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed, it is offered a final ritual before being sent along its way.

Shawls can be given to anyone in need of prayers and comfort from the parish community. Some examples are the sick, bereaved, homebound. Shawls can also be given for happy occasions as the birth of a new child or grandchild.



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I knit but have not made a prayer shawl yet for my parish's ministry. I have also donated yarn.

A small group of us gave a prayer shawl to a friend's sick husband and it was a very moving experience--for all of us!

My friend Linda (a Minister of Care) led us at the couple's home. She explained how the shawl was made and how it could be used. Then we wrapped husband in the shawl and prayed over him. He said he was warmed and felt the healing power of God's love and ours!

I have heard that many are comforted by these shawls and some critically ill patients keep them in hospice with them. How graced are we to have touched this person's life?!

On a related note:

I have also made small pillows for one of our local children's hospitals where one of my Girl Scouts was being treated. These are made from fun, soft fabrics, like fleece, and stuffed. Very easy service project. The patients use these pillows, especially when they are getting IVs, to either rest their arm on or to hug when the needles go in. The fabric can be themed for age or child's interest. My son saw them and wanted one of his favorite sports team and he's perfectly healthy!

The parish staff member who heads up our prayer shawl ministry encourages everyone to be a part of it. If you do not knit or crochet, you can donate yarn or funds. Prayer warriors are always needed. So are Ministers of Care. And for those of us who can't follow a pattern, knitted or crocheted blankets (lap size) are always welcome.

Best wishes on your new ministry and return to SP!emoticon

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Oooh...can you tell us about it? Lesliejean and I are learning.

cj

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I'm on my way to my prayer shawl meeting today as a matter of fact. We do that in my parish too. I love to crochet.



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My understanding is that a group of interested people knit or crochet prayer shawls or blankets. They are then prayed over and/or blessed and sent to the sick or dying. It is to offer comfort and the knowledge that people are praying for and thinking of them.

Of course, I only have a small knowledge of this ministry. Please offer more info, those who are actively involved.

cj

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Welcome back!!
I haven't heard of prayer shawls before; how are they used, and when?
It sounds like a wonderful ministry; good for you.

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emoticon back!

Good to see you again, BABCIATEA!

All the best with your healthy goals as well as your new prayer shawl ministry. I first heard of that ministry on this team. I think it is a beautiful way to minister to the sick and those caring for them.

cj

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Hello , I have been away from spark so want to reintroduce myself. I am retire gramma living in Maine. I am finding my way through new way of living and am currently really excited to be working with some women to start a prayer shawl ministry as an inter-cluster ministry. ,Reaching out to sick greiving and hospitalized intenionand growing in our prayer life and fellowship. Hopefully we will be supporting our dear Bishop's intentions


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