Prayer Shawl Ministry


The St. Giles Prayer Shawl Ministers are excited that they have received a small grant to purchase materials to make scarves for the residents of the Mercy Home for Girls for Christmas. We made smaller gifts last year for the residents and are happy to do it again. Any money left over will be used for materials for prayer shawls. If you knit or crochet and would be able to complete a simple scarf by Christmas we could use your help. We can supply yarn and patterns. You can contact me, Paul Schleitwiler or Mary Ellen Lesniak if you are able to help.

We have continued to create and distribute prayer shawls throughout the virus outbreak. There are many available at the Parish Center (708-383-3430). One of the staff members will help you find one. Or, one of the Prayer Shawl Ministers will help get one to you.

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.