Prayer Shawl Ministry

A Ministry of St. Patrick

Prayer Shawl Ministry


For centuries, people have enjoyed the warmth and comfort of being wrapped in a soft, cozy shawl.

Prayer shawls offer that benefit and more. The makers of these special, hand-knit shawls pray before the shawl is made, pray while working on the shawl, and pray after it is finished. When completed, the shawl is given to someone experiencing a particularly difficult time and in need of prayer.

Shawls are offered for free and can be picked up between Masses on the weekend or in the office from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm during the week.

How you can help

  • Pray for those knitting/crocheting
  • Pray for the shawl recipients
  • Knit or crochet a prayer shawl (All experience levels are welcomed)
  • Donate yarn or money for materials (please leave in a envelope marked “prayer shawl donation” for monetary donations or in a bag marked “prayer shawls” at our Information Desk)


Donations of cash/check will help defray costs. (Checks may be written to Circles of Claddagh. Memo: Prayer Shawl Ministry.)

Prayer shawl stories

I have cancer and received a wonderful prayer shawl from one of my friends. I can’t tell you how much peace and comfort it gives me. The first few nights I used it, I cried. To think someone I had never met worked so hard making the shawl for me – and all the prayers – was overwhelming… What a wonderful way to reach out to others. You can’t imagine how powerful the shawls are until you have been sick and received one. God bless you.

Colleen C., St Paul, MN

Last week I presented our group’s twenty-fifth shawl. The recipient, an artist facing back surgery, cried and said no one ever makes beautiful things for her because they are afraid they won’t be good enough. She found my humble shawl beautiful and hung on for dear life. These shawls are a blessing in a world so in need of love and healing.

Marge L., Howard Lake, MN

My sister in Austin, TX sent a shawl made in Florida to our dying cousin in Jackson, WY. After Melanie died, I brought the shawl to my friend Janice, whose husband of 40 years was dying of cancer. She put it on his pillow the morning he died. It is bringing her great comfort now in her own grieving process. She wears it as she says her prayers and in the evenings, which are especially difficult. She plans on giving it to someone else when she doesn’t need it any longer.

Diane P., Grand Lake, CO


If you have any questions or would like to receive a prayer shawl, please contact Jeremy Weakly at or 763-753-2011.

Source: Prayer Shawl Ministry 



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Ministry Stats

Ministry Leader: Pat Haase
Staff Contact: Jeremy Weakly

Age Groups: Teens, Adults, Seniors
Ministry Category: Creative

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