The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a service project of St. Joseph and St. Mary of Czestochowa parishes in New Kensington.
The purpose of a prayer shawl is to give someone who is suffering a tangible example of God's love and care. The shawl is made of soft yarn so the recipient can wrap up in it and feel the love around him or her. A prayer shawl is made in prayer, as prayer, for prayer. Each shawl is passed on hand-to-hand, from heart-to-heart. The shawls are then blessed by a priest before being given to the recipient.
There is never a charge to the recipient. The making of a prayer shawl is a spiritual practice which embodies our thoughts and prayers for the receiver. It is a gift freely given with no strings attached. Putting a price on a shawl defeats the purpose of this ministry.
We welcome knitters and crocheters of all levels and ages to become part of the group. We hope to have enough experienced knitters and crocheters that will be willing to share their skills with people who would like to learn. If the idea of making an item for someone that carries such meaning appeals to you, please consider becoming a part of our ministry. If you are unable to attend meetings, but would still like to take part, you can make your shawls in the comfort of your home and bring them to the group for blessings.
We also welcome any donations of leftover yarn. There are boxes in the vestibule areas of both churches for any donations of yarn.
If you are interested in joining our ministry, contact Rosemarie Pavlik at 724-335-9611. Please watch the bulletin for further information on upcoming meetings.