Prayer Shawl Ministry



Prayer Shawl Ministry

Pastoral Year Seminarian
Maurice Sunde Afor

Parish Shawl Ministry Coordinator





  • Third Tuesday of the month from June through September 2019

  • First and third Tuesday of the month from October 2019 through May 2020

  • Room 103 in Sacred Heart School, 1:00 — 2:00 PM



Mass for the
Anointing of the Sick
Blessing of the Shawls
and Prayer Shawl Giveaway

  • Weekend of
    November 9-10, 2019

  • Weekend of
    March 7-8, 2020



Learn to Crochet or Knit

Contact Maurice if you would like to learn to crochet or knit.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Though I walk in the midst of dangers, you guard my life when my enemies rage. You stretch out your hand; your right hand saves me. The Lord is with me to the end. Lord, your love endures forever.  Psalm 138: 7-8



A Prayer Shawl is a shawl that is lovingly crocheted or hand-knit from a soft, comforting yarn. As the shawl is created, it is prayed over by its maker for the intentions of its recipient. It is also blessed by the parish priest.


How did this ministry begin?

In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo, two graduates of the 1997 Women's Leadership Institute at The Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut gave birth to this ministry as a result of their experience in the program of applied Feminist Spirituality under the direct of Professor Miriam Therese Winter, MMS.


In 2008, a similar Prayer Shawl Ministry began at Sacred Heart Parish. A group of women meet together at the parish to knit or crochet in their own homes. Shawls are collected twice per year and blessed by the parish priest at the parish community's Mass of the Anointing of the Sick. Shawls are then distributed to anyone who is seriously ill or knows of one who is seriously ill. Blessed Prayer Shawls may be requested at any time through the Parish Office.


Who are the recipients of the blessed shawls?

Blessed shawls have been distributed to various organizations such as the Hospice Center at Gilchrist, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Saint Joseph's Retirement Villa in Flourtown, PA, and the Veterans of War at Walter Reed Hospital and the Medical Center in Bethseda. Individual shawls have also been given to almost one hundred seriously ill persons in and around our parish and local community.


Links of Interest

Prayer Shawl Home

Prayers and Blessings

Meeting Prayers

Angel Prayer




Interesting Websites

"Hand to Hand and Heart to Heart"

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