PRINCE ALBERT — The St. Joseph Prayer Shawl Ministry was organized in February 2012 at St. Joseph Church in Prince Albert.
The prayer shawl is a symbol of Jesus’ loving arms around the recipient. It provides comfort, warmth and love, as there is a prayer knitted or crocheted into each stitch.
The ministry is based on the book, Knitting into the Mystery, by Susan S. Jorgensen and Susan S. Izard, and the website: www.shawlministry.com by Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo.
Prayer shawls are given to anyone in need: someone battling with illness, coping with a loss, experiencing a life-changing event, longing for comfort and new babies. All requests are kept confidential.
Completed shawls are placed on a table near the altar during whole-day adoration on Wednesdays; a cross is pinned on each one. They remain there for a few days for parishioners to pray for the recipient and each prayer shawl is blessed before being given out.
When each shawl is given out, a handmade card and a pamphlet created by www.shawlministry.com is included. Shawl bags are given out when available.
Since the ministry started, it has given out over 347 prayer shawls — across Canada, the USA, the Philippines and England. Prayer shawls are given to anyone in need, regardless of denomination.
The third anniversary of the ministry was recently celebrated, with testimonials shared and fellowship enjoyed by all. Rev. Maurice Fiolleau attended on behalf of Bishop Albert Thévenot, M.Afr.
The ministry meets every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the church.