Several dedicated women from St. Anthony on the Lake make prayer shawls for people in our community.
The shawls are meant to be a tangible sign of God’s love and the prayers that are woven into each shawl that is created. When we set out to make a shawl, we offer a prayer intention for the recipient who may or may not be known to the person making the shawl. In the process of knitting or crocheting, prayers are continually offered for healing, for comfort, for peace of mind.
As the recipient wraps him/herself in the shawl they are enfolded in the prayers held inside each stitch.
The prayer shawl ministry meets in the Fireplace Lounge on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30pm to pray, knit or crochet, share patterns and fellowship, and enjoy tea and cookies. As each shawl is completed we offer a blessing for the shawl and the person who will eventually receive it. We are always open to new people, regardless of ability for needlework. Our more experienced members would love to help you get started. Even if you can’t make the meetings, you are still welcome to contribute shawls made on your own.
The St. Anthony Prayer Shawl Ministry has been in existence almost 15 years and has provided shawls to more than 700 people.
Comments from Recipients:
- I never understood the comfort of a prayer shawl until I received one when my niece died tragically.
- My grandson chose a blue one because that was his mother’s favorite color.
- My husband held his shawl at his last breath.
- My shawl kept me warm during my chemo treatments.
Comments from Prayer Shawl Ministry members:
- Knowing that the work of my hands, the yarn colors and patterns, provides comfort to those who are hurting brings me joy.
- I enjoy the peacefulness and friendship at the meetings.
- I have my mother’s shawl. Sometimes I wrap up in it and remember her.
- We can use whatever patterns and colors we like, it’s a creative way to help others.
Do you know someone who would benefit from a prayer shawl? Just let us know by calling the parish office at (262) 691-1173 or emailing [email protected]. More information on prayer shawls can be found at www.shawlministry.com.