St. Patrick Prayer Shawl Ministry was started in approximately 2010. We are a small band of ladies who get together every other Monday evening to work on our current projects and share our ideas and patterns. We discuss the needs of the parishioners and our community.
Though our ministry, we have supplied hats to the homeless and oncology patients, shawls, lap afghans and scarves to our own parishioners, people who are in nursing homes or homebound, people who are facing surgery or people who have lost loved ones. We have sent items to the VA Hospital we have made preemie blankets for "Footprints," a ministry which serves premature babies in various local hospitals. You can see some examples of our work in our photo gallery.
Each time we meet we say the following prayer which ironically was written by a lady from "St. Patrick Parish" in Texas. We are reminded every time we say this prayer that all those people who have been blessed by our gifts continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Dear Lord, Bless these needles that they stay strong and light so they don't tire the hands that wield them; Bless this yarn with strength and softness that it will form a cloth of warmth and comfort; Bless these hands with strength and skill so they may make well crafted gifts; Bless this heart with strength and perseverance so I will see this work through to bring comfort to those in need; But most of all dear Lord, Bless the wearer of this cloth with strength and comfort that their burdens may be lightened and their hearts gladdened with the realization that they are loved.