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Through the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. Since the 1998 inception of the Prayer Shawl Ministry in Hartford CT, members worldwide have lovingly given their time and talent by knitting and crocheting shawls, created with the power of prayer for those in need of comfort, care and healing, peace, hope and joy.
Did you know that we at St. Charles have a group who makes shawls and lap blankets? The shawls are called Prayer Shawls. Our Prayer Shawl Ministry started with five ladies at Holy Name of Jesus Church, and has increased with our move to St. Charles. We currently have eight ladies. We meet monthly to knit, crochet, and sew. Prayers for each recipient are knit into their shawl throughout its creation. When completed, the shawl is prayed over by the group.
Sometimes we know who the shawl will be going to as we are creating it, so we pray for that person specifically. Most times, we pray for the person to whom the Holy Spirit will guide the shawl. It comes as no surprise to us when someone tells us, “The shawl you gave me was my favorite color! How did you know?”
Shawls are blessed as they are created, and often blessed in church during a Mass. You do not need to wait for one of these occasions to receive a shawl. You may request one any time. Shawls have been given to people who have suffered a loss, or an illness, or are just in need of a tangible sign and affirmation of God’s presence and healing in their lives. Each shawl comes with a prayer card, and directions for laundering, along with some information about the shawl ministry.
We have given hundreds of shawls through our ministry over the years. When a prayer shawl is presented, it comes with a prayer gift card and a brochure explaining our ministry. Each person involved, from the knitters, to the people who present the shawls, to the recipient, senses the unconditional embrace of a sheltering, mothering God.
If you know someone who would be blessed by a shawl made by our Prayer Shawl Ministry, please contact Lynda Pleckan at 585-663-0073, or Peggy Malvaso at the rectory. There is no fee for the shawls. They are made with love, and given freely as a blessing. Some people have asked about donating to the ministry. Though there is no charge for the shawls, we will gladly accept monetary donations to purchase yarn, and donations of yarn.
We would love to have you join our ministry! It doesn’t matter if your knitting or crocheting skills are a little rusty, please just come. We are happy to help you get started or refresh your skills. We meet the second Tuesday of each month, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Many hands make light work. Won’t you add yours? Contact Lynda Pleckan at 585-663-0073.
We have received several cards and notes from people who have received a shawl from our ministry. Here are some excerpts from some of them:
“I took one of your beautiful shawls to an 88 year old woman who had part of her lung removed. She just loved it, and the good wishes, comfort, love and prayers behind the gift itself. She is doing well and displays her shawl on her chair in her living room.”
“I want to thank all of you for my shawl. I am very grateful to have it. It is very comforting to use this beautiful shawl that was prayed over and blessed. Thank you, and God bless you.”
“I am so grateful to the prayer shawl ministry of St. Charles church for my beautiful prayer shawl with the lovely shades of blue. I read about “this shawl” and the “prayer of comfort,” and take a nap with my shawl. I am going to be 90 this year, so naps are good. I want to thank you all for your love and comfort. It means so much to feel blessed by the prayer shawl ministry.”
“Just a note to thank you for the beautiful prayer shawl. It is so nice to know someone is praying for you and thinking of you. Sometimes I feel all alone. Thanks again.”
“Thank you for the lovely shawl that was given to my mother as she struggled with her devastating illness. It brought so much comfort and peace to her, she wore it all the time. The pretty colors brightened her days, reminding her of the care, love, and prayers of the community.”
To request a prayer shawl, to knit or crochet with us, or for more information about the Prayer Shawl Ministry at St. Charles Church, please call, text, or emailLynda at 585-663-0073 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.