Prayer Shawl Ministry



Dear St. Giles Parish,

During December, yarn that could not be used by the Prayer Shawl Ministry was offered for donations at the Holiday Fair. Donations totaled over $300. Thank you to all who donated.

In addition to providing prayer shawls, this month we have provided Christmas gifts to the Mercy Home for Girls and many warm items to the Immigrant Transit Assistance program at the Chicago Greyhound Bus station, run by the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants.

Please continue to pray for all those receiving an item, whether a prayer shawl, a hat or scarf. All items 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. All items are blessed, and a prayer is attached to each.

There are many shawls available at the Parish Center. Please consider giving one to friends or family members of those suffering, those who have died, or those celebrating a joyous event.

To receive a shawl, call the Parish Center office at 708-383-3430, or come by during business hours of 9 am to 4:30 pm. One of the staff members will assist you in making your selection. If you are unable to come by, let the staff member know and one of the Prayer Shawl Ministers will make arrangements to get one to you.

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.