Prayer Shawl Ministries



About the Shawls

Julie Barker while a parishioner here at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church had worked on Prayer Shawls at another parish up north and thought it would be a wonderful idea for St. Michaels’s.

 Care and love of knitting (and crochet) have been combined into a prayer ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Many Blessings are knitted into every shawl with prayers for the recipient. Intentions are  continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed it is offered a final Blessing at the Mass before being sent along its way.

As this gift had been sent along, some some recipients have continued the kindness by making one themselves and passing it along onto someone in need.
Thus ,the Blessing is rippled from person to person, with both the giver and receiver feeling unconditional embrace of sheltering, mothering God! 


 Prayer for Healing

Guided by God’s love for us, this shawl is knit for you. Healing, Strength and Peace, to Bless upon your spirit is true. 

Wrap yourself in warmth and love, entwined in every stitch. 

Prayers said to God Above, please heal, mend and enrich. 

Father , Son, Holy Spirit, intoned throughout the shawl.Triune Blessings knit within, best wishes from us all.

         Sandy Mann 


Some uses for the Prayer Shawl

Undergoing medical procedures,

as a comfort after a loss,during bereavement,

prayer or meditation,

bridal shower gift, marriage ceremonies,

birthing, nursing a baby,

leading ritual; first mess or croning rites paddage,

during a illness or recovery, ministering to others...

There are endless possibilities!


  Would you like to help?

 Receive a packet full of knitting or crocheting instructions and inspirational prayers to get you started. 

For all those interested in participating in the Prayer Shawl Ministry whether individually or as a group, please contact:

 Clare Hurley (941)349-0328  or the Parish Office (941)349-4174

 Can’t knit or crochet? and still want to be part of our ministry? 

Call us and we will be happy to show you or

  Donate 3 skeins of  the same color yarn to help us make a prayer shawl.