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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Purpose: Prayer shawls are created to be a comfort for those suffering from mental, physical, or emotional difficulties. Those who create these prayer shawls -- through crochet, knitting, weave, or tying -- give their time and service as an act of prayer for the ones who will use their shawls. They pray for healing, peace, and knowledge of God’s loving presence.
 
Meeting: We meet in the Teacher’s Lounge from 7:00 - 8:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Parish Contact: Faith McCaghy at 612.619.1124 / [email protected]. New members of all ages are always welcome. You may call or just show up!
 
Materials: The Prayer Shawl Ministry uses donated yarn or buys its own special yarns. We are always looking for donations of yarn.
 
History: All Saints Prayer Shawl Ministry began under Barb Sabal, a former parish nurse. She and Jenni Marschall provided prayer Barb would take to parishioners s that she visited. In the summer of 2006, Barb asked Faith McCaghy if she would be interested in getting a group of women involved. Faith put an article in the church bulletin that fall. Since then the group has grown to 12 very active members and others who help when they can.
 
A prayer is said before creating the shawl that this item may bring the user knowledge of God’s great love and caring. The shawl maker then continues to pray throughout the making of the shawl. The shawls are then blessed by a priest and distributed.
 
On a yearly average, we skillfully and joyfully create 250 prayer shawls. These shawls are given to hospices, nursing homes, and hospitals to distribute.  Additionally, the deacons, priests, and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist bring shawls to people in need and to anyone who needs a hug from God.  The twice-yearly Anointing Masses are also a means of getting the shawls to parishioners.
 
Prayer Shawls are always available in the Gathering space.
 
Anyone may receive a shawl for themselves or a friend. Contact the Pastoral Care office 952.985.9983 / [email protected]