History and Mission
The formation of the St. Ann Prayer Shawl Ministry was inspired by the national prayer shawl ministry website www.shawlministry.com
. The original Prayer Shawl Ministry is a worldwide ecumenical ministry that was developed by Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo in 1998 as an outgrowth of the Women’s Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut.
The mission of the St. Ann Prayer Shawl Ministry is to bring together people of similar interests to share in fellowship and community and to use our time and talents to produce prayer shawls that will be given away to help spread the message of God’s mercy, love and compassion.
Prayer shawls – What are they?
A prayer shawl begins with the shawl maker saying prayers of peace and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is obtained before the shawl is sent on its way to those who might be in need of comfort and solace. When a person wraps oneself in a prayer shawl, the shawl serves as a tangible reminder of the mercy, peace, and compassion that can be found in God’s loving embrace.
Requesting a prayer shawl
Prayer shawls may be given for various reasons such as grief or illness, but they may also be given away to mark happy occasions such as births, baptisms, or marriage. If you would like to request a prayer shawl for yourself or for someone in need, please contact Pat Gruninger at firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting involved in the Ministry
Getting involved in the ministry is easy. The ministry is open to anyone who has the skills to knit or crochet or who has the desire to learn. Please contact Pat for meeting times and location.
Additional help is needed in the following areas:
“Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come, follow me, and I will give you rest.”
Donate 4 skeins of Homespun yarn (same dye lots please)
Financial donations – Checks, made out to St. Ann, or cash may be turned in to the Church office in an envelope marked “Prayer Shawl Ministry Donations”.
Prayer for the crafters and recipients of the shawls.
“Be Not Afraid” by Robert J. Dufford, S.J.