Prayer Shawl Ministry



Dear St. Giles Parish,

The St. Giles Prayer Shawl Ministers continue to create, bless, and distribute prayer shawls, lap blankets, and other items. There are a large number and variety of shawls, lap blankets, mini-shawls, and scarves available at the Parish Center for those suffering or for those celebrating a joyous event. We invite you to consider giving shawls to family members (children, grandchildren, siblings, etc.) of those suffering or those who have died.

To receive a shawl, call the Parish Center (708-383-3430). One of the staff members or a Prayer Shawl Minister will return your call and set up a time to meet you. If that will not work for you, let the staff member know and one of the Prayer Shawl Ministers will get one to you.

In addition to providing prayer shawls for members of St. Giles and many extended family and friends, we have provided scarves and hats to a homeless shelter and a soup kitchen. We provided almost 100 blessing squares (small items that can be kept in a pocket) to Maudette Carr to take to the border with her.

All these items are intended to provide warmth and embrace the recipient through the prayers of a loving St. Giles parish and the presence of a loving God.

May you all be enfolded in God’s love,
Margie Rudnik, for the St. Giles Prayer Shawl Ministry

Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance. Our Prayer Shawl Ministers lovingly donate their time and talents by creating hand-knitted and crocheted shawls and lap blankets for those suffering and those celebrating life’s most joyous events. They provide warmth and embrace the recipient through the prayers and presence of a loving St. Giles parish and the presence of a loving God.

The St. Giles Prayer Shawl Ministers knit or crochet their shawls at home and then gather on the 2nd Monday of the month from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Parish Center, to work on their shawls, pray for the recipients and enjoy each other’s company. The shawls are then blessed before they are sent to those in need.

You do not have to be experienced in knitting or crocheting as training and instructions will be provided as needed. So, if you are interested in sharing your time, talent and prayers, think about joining the Prayer Shawl Ministry. An evening gathering can be formed if there is a need.

Do You Know Someone Who Is In Need Of A Prayer Shawl Or Lap Blanket?

Perhaps he/she is dealing with a serious medical problem, dealing with grief for a loved one or going through a difficult time in life right now. Perhaps you know a family celebrating a wedding or the birth of a baby.

If you would like to request a shawl for someone please call the Dore Parish Center at 708-383-3430, or e-mail at

There is never a charge for a prayer shawl but donations are accepted. All donations are used to buy yarn for more shawls and lap blankets that will give comfort to more of our brothers and sisters in need of God’s love and grace.

If you have any questions or would like to join the Prayer Shawl Ministry please call the Parish Center at 708-383-3430.