Prayer Shawl Ministry

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Dear St. Giles Parish,

During the months of November and December, the Prayer Shawl Ministry distributed prayer shawls, lap blankets to parishioners and others needing prayers. In addition to meeting those needs we took lap blankets to the Hines Veterans Hospice where many patients have few or no visitors. In December we sent a crate of hats and scarves to A House on Austin, to the Columban Fathers in El Paso, TX and to ICDI (Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants). Then when we thought we were out of hats and scarves a large donation of items arrived. Those plus additional items from the Prayer Shawl Ministers were sent to Holy Cross Hospital for patients needing warm items and another crate to ICDI’s collection site. There are a few items left to be distributed. All this is because of generous donations of money, yarn, and beautifully made, warm items. Thank you.

To receive a shawl or lap blanket for a loved one or to have one sent, call the Parish Center office at 708-383-3430, or come by during business hours. All are lovingly made and 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 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. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy and 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.