The St. Fisher Prayer Shawl Ministry extends Christ’s presence and compassion into the community as our shawls are presented and recipients are wrapped with love and prayer.
As a branch of the Companion Ministry, our mission is: To be servants of Christ who offer our caring presence and prayerful support to community members during transitional life phases and times of illness, grief, and loss.
Ours is a ministry of prayer, presence, support and compassion.
What is a Prayer Shawl? The Prayer Shawl is a physical symbol representing the love and prayer of the community. Wrapping another in a Prayer Shawl is a way of extending our care and compassion to others in need. With each stitch, prayer is offered, and at each monthly meeting, group members pray over and bless their work. Prayer Shawls are presented to individuals in need of comfort and healing, those experiencing transition, illness or loss, and anyone needing to be wrapped in love and prayer. Sometimes shawls are also given in celebration of a milestone birthday, a special friendship, the birth of a child, etc.
Prayer Shawl Ministry History: Alyce Gilroy founded the St. John Fisher Prayer Shawl Ministry in June 2005. After reading “Knitting into the Mystery,” Alyce was inspired to direct her love for knitting into a ministry. She knit the first Prayer Shawl for a friend with cancer. A branch of Companion Ministry, The Prayer Shawl Ministry began with 6 members, and has grown to include over 40 knitters and crocheters.
To date, over 540 have been made, blessed and shared. Alyce Gilroy served as ministry leader from 2005 – 2020. Alyce continues to serve the group as Founder and Emeritus Leader.
Ministry meetings: There are currently 41 Prayer Shawl Ministers from several parishes who knit and crochet with this group. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month, from 11:30am – 1:30pm at SJF in the Activities Center. We enjoy fellowship and pray as we work with our yarn and needles. Attendance at meetings is not required to participate in this ministry. Completed shawls can be brought to meetings or brought to the SJF office. Our ministers pray together over completed shawls when we receive them. We always welcome new members to the group. No experience is necessary. Knitting and crocheting instruction is provided by group members.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Leadership: Helen DeRaedt and Roxie Jankovits assumed ministry leadership in February 2020. Alyce Gilroy continues to serve with the group as Emeritus Leader.
Know someone who needs to be wrapped in prayer? If you are aware of someone who could benefit from receiving a Prayer Shawl, please contact one of the ministry leaders or leave a message at the SJF office.
Show someone special every stitch of your love with a handmade prayer shawl.
If you are interested in joining: contact Helen DeRaedt and Roxie Jankovits.
Visit the Prayer Shawl Ministry Gallery to view pictures.