In 1998 two seminary students from Hartford, CT began a ministry entitled the Shawl Ministry; it is presently a nationwide ministry involving all denominations. The women of Holy Spirit began their ministry in 2004 after reading an article in the Star Ledger.
This ministry has women of our parish knitting or crocheting shawls for men and women who are in need of comfort or solace as they are experiencing life's trials and tribulations. Prayers are knit or crocheted into every shawl. Here is a link to a pattern.
The shawls can be created at home or at church when we come together on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month to Knit and Chat. It is by word of mouth that the recipients of these shawls are determined. Shawls at this point have been sent all over the United States as well as in Europe.
Father Philip blesses these shawls during the worship service on Sunday. Prayers are extended to both the creator of the shawl and the recipient of the shawl. The shawl is packaged with ribbon, a greeting card, and a cloth name plate telling the recipient who created the shawl for them.
Thank you all who donate yarn or funds for this ministry. Yarn is being made into shawls at an amazing pace and the funds are used to defray shipping costs. Your continued support is invaluable to this group of handicrafters. Shawls are still coming off those crochet hooks at Edna Mahan and at Knit and Chat. If you don't knit or crochet, come chat for an hour. Also, this ministry is always in need of worsted weight yarn or monetary donations to buy other supplies and for ship-ping. Speak to Karen Murray or Jean Wallace if you would like to donate yarn.