Thursday, April 6, 2017

Items waiting to be Blessed at Mass on Wed., April 5, 2017

As of this date, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church has given away close to 400 knitted or crocheted shawls and lap robes since we began in November, 2010. St. Monica's later began a separate ministry of their own, so their numbers are not reflected in this total, or it would be even more.

Every week we come together to knit or crochet with one another, praying for those who receive our creations and for each other. Anyone is welcome to join us. Every item is blessed by our priest or deacon before it goes out. Ours primarily go to the ill or grieving to offer solace, comfort and peace. 

Any church is encouraged to take advantage of this blessed ministry too. Here is a link to the main Prayer Shawl Ministry site to learn more: 

While we will celebrate seven years in 2017, they will be celebrating 19 years! Since then it has spread to church congregations all over the USA and elsewhere in the world.

May God Bless You and Keep You Safe!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Began 5-1/2 Years Ago and Have Given Away Over 300 Shawls or Lap Robes.

Blessings Everyone.

Our Ministry is still active even if this website isn't often updated. Smile.
We continue to meet every Wednesday morning at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. When a new priest joined our parish, we moved from the Rectory living room and over to the Parish Hall Nursery.
Anyone who wants to do any kind of needlework is welcome to join us from 10 a.m. to noon. You choose whatever you want to do; there is no restriction on what kind of project you pursue.
As noted in the heading, we've given away over 300 shawls in five years and have a chest full of others ready and waiting. All shawls or lap robes are blessed before they go out. They are also prayed over as we knit or crochet. We pray for the person who is ill or grieving who will receive this gift that's intended to bring comfort and encouragement. Those from Holy Redeemer receive a Christian metal sewn onto a corner.
Peace & Blessings.

Father Jim Graham blesses shawls and lap robes during a Mass.

Father Graham on the other side of the room, blessing even more.

Our knitters and crocheters are prolific, and love what they do.

Marilyn does knit baby caps for hospitals.

Rose with her "stained glass" patterned shawl.

Jan makes beautiful cards to
accompany the shawls.
The Nursery in the Parish Hall...Ladies at work.

These are about to be mailed to friends out of town.

May God Always Bless You With
Faith, Hope, Trust and Peace.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Having Prayer Shawls, Lap Robes and Baby Blankets Blessed

In the photos below, three priests on three separate occasions are blessing knitted and crocheted prayer shawls, lap robes and baby blankets.

Just prior to Altar Society Mass on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
Father Jim Graham has approx. 20 shawls, lap robes and baby blankets
waiting for his blessing.

Shawls ready to be blessed at Mass by Fr. Jim Graham
on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

The other half of the room with shawls ready to be blessed
Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
A few months earlier. The first time Father Jim Graham blesses our shawls.
Women present are some who knit or crochet the shawls, lap robes or baby blankets.

These were blessed in Holy Redeemer's Nursery.

Father Paul at St. Monica's Catholic Church blessing the
Prayer Shawl Ministry knitters and crocheters.

Father Karl Schray with holy water, blessing prayer shawls held by those
who make them. They're in Holy Redeemer's Rectory living room.

Shawls at Holy Redeemer waiting to be blessed during Mass.

Prior to Mass, the table at the end holds shawls & lap robes
waiting to be blessed during Mass.

Table in dining area of Rectory at Holy Redeemer.
Shawls with cards that will accompany them.

Couch in Rectory living room of Holy Redeemer. These
are laid out in preparation for a blessing.

Cards accompany each shawl. Jan Parten makes these for us.
The caption inside our cards.
Peace & Comfort.
God Bless Your Knitting and Crocheting.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

St. Therese Prayer Shawl Ministry

We meet at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Craft Room at the very back of the Parish Hall. Any Christian woman is welcome to join us for friendship, prayer and support as we knit or crochet.

On October 2, 2013 there were six of us present.

Left to right:
Rose, Jan, June, Barbara and Mary. Gail's behind camera.
Rose, Jan, June, Barbara and Mary.
Please check our earlier posts for photos of prayer shawls and lap robes. Very early posts also offer an explanation of non-denominational Prayer Shawl Ministries that are now in many churches throughout the world. And, how you too can start one.

Peace and Blessings.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Blessing Prayer Shawls for the Sick or Grieving

On August 28, 2013, Father Jim Graham blessed these prayer shawls. They are assembled on a table in Holy Redeemer's Children's Nursery outside the Craft Room.

Knitters and crocheters with our priest. From left to right,
Kathy, Mary, Barbara, Alyce, Jan, Fr. Jim, & June.
Gail is behind camera.
Kathy, Mary, Gail, Barbara, Jan, Fr. Jim, & June.
Alyce is behind camera.

Although there are 13 shawls and lap robes being blessed at this time, many moreblessed weeks earlier by Father Karl Schrayare waiting in the cabinet. Jan's lovely hand made gift cards are chosen to be color-coordinated for each shawl and many lay on top of the shawls pictured here. Like the shawls, more of her beautiful cards wait in the cabinet to be given away with a shawl or lap robe.

The photo above partially shows our prayer shawl cabinet in its new location. A lovely piece of furniture and very functional, it is behind Jan and Alyce with the lid open. It was built for and donated to our Prayer Shawl Ministry by Bud Bradley. While it resided in the Rectory, no lock was needed. Now, with children using this room, we've added a combination lock to protect the shawls from curious little hands. Unfortunately, the cabinet itself has suffered some marks from those same little hands.

We are happy to welcome Rose, our newest participant.
Rose is at left, then June and Barbara.
We who knit and crochet are as blessed by these shawls as the recipients are. Our time together provides an opportunity to enjoy each other's company and offer one another love and support as we pray and share our faith.

Peace and Blessings to all!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Prayer Shawl Knitters and Crocheters Creating

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry on August 14, 2013.

We meet in Holy Redeemer's Craft Room where others also meet on different days to create many things provided to charities, or sold to raise income for good causes.

From left around table: Alyce in front, June, Barbara, Mary,
(Gail's seat, but behind camera), Gail's granddaughter Shelby,
Gail's granddaughter Paige and Jan in foreground.

We enjoy one another's company each week. It's a chance to spend some time with other women, while doing something very positive.
Peace & Blessings.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Knitters and Crocheters

These weren't  all taken the same day. Alyce has come back to Oregon for the summer, returning from a winter in Arizona. Jan's health has improved enough that she has been with us for the last two sessions, but I didn't capture her in a photo. Maybe next week. 

Alyce, Barbara, Kathy and Mary. Gail is behind camera.
Notice all the fabric on shelves behind us. The church women's craft group
is separate from us and they make and donate many, many items.
June, Kathy, Mary (in front) and Barbara.

Barbara and Mary.

June, Kathy, Barbara and Mary.
Different lighting on this day. From left to right,
 Barbara, Kathy, Mary and Alyce.

Small groups like this one are healthy and supportive. From left,
Kathy, Alyce, Bernie, June, Mary (in front) and Barbara.

Photo taken from other side of room as the one above. From left
Bernie (standing), Alyce, June, Barbara, Kathy (in front) and Mary.

Alyce (our snowbird), Bernie and June.

Blessings to All!
May you stay out of the frog pond.
Rip it, rip it, rip it...