Prayer Shawl Ministry
Need a "Hug from God"?
Do you know someone in need of prayer and a “Hug from God?” The Prayer Shawl Ministry can help. Recipients of prayer shawls are prayed for from the first stitch and their special intentions are remembered in prayer by the members of the ministry prayer community.
How does the prayer shawl ministry work?
First, identify a relative, friend, neighbor, fellow parishioner, co-worker or other facing a serious challenge – loneliness, illness (physical or emotional), financial issues, fertility, etc. Shawl recipients share that they feel comfort knowing that people are praying for them and their special intentions. No request is too small: success in school, a job or tuition money, healing of a relationship or any of life’s challenges.
We have rectangular and triangular shawls, shoulder wraps, baby and lap blankets. Some prefer a mini-shawl that can be tucked into a pocket or backpack, or held during chemotherapy, dialysis or testing. If a pocket-size mini-shawl seems appropriate for them:
- Stop in the church vestibule and select a mini-shawl from the display box (note: some have a decade of the rosary attached)
- Write the anonymous special intention on the intention card (attached to the bag containing the mini-shawl) and place the card in the Prayer Shawl Intentions box.
If you prefer to give them a full-size shawl, lap blanket, baby shawl or scarf, please contact the Parish office at 215-699-4617 with your request. We will arrange a delivery or convenient time for pick-up.
There is no charge. We ask for your prayers for the continued success of the Prayer shawl Ministry.
New Ministry members Welcome!
The biggest challenge is supply and demand, so we invite all members of St. Rose to assist in this endeavor. We need help:
- Knitting, crocheting, sewing and stitching shawls (lessons will be provided if needed)
- Wrapping and/or delivering shawls
- You can make a commitment to be part of the Prayer Shawl prayer team
- You can make a donation to help offset the costs of supplies
All are welcome, regardless of skill level! This is a wonderful opportunity to respond in love to the needs of fellow parishioners. The group meets monthly in the Parish Center to work on the shawls, and label, wrap and store them. A card is included with each shawl explaining the shawl and they are blessed by a priest or deacon. Contact Paul or Ginny Hunter at 215-822-3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Prayer Shawl Gift Message
May this shawl be a mantle reminding you of God’s sustaining presence. May you be refreshed in your weariness, comforted in your suffering, uplifted in your pain, and consoled in your loneliness. With the shawl around your shoulders, may you feel the hug of God!
St. Rose of Lima Prayer Shawl Community