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Parish Life at St Clare's

Prayer Shawl

What is a Prayer Shawl?

A prayer shawl is a shawl that has been knitted or crocheted by a caring person (crafter) in our parish for someone who is facing treatment for cancer.

Many blessings and prayers are knitted or crocheted into every shawl. The crafter begins each shawl with prayers for the recipient. Prayers are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed, it is blessed by Fr. Scott before being presented to the recipient.

The shawls are meant to serve as mantles of God’s gentle love and blessings. Our hope is that, as the recipients wear their shawls, they will be enfolded in warmth, peace, strength and comfort.

How can I get involved or obtain a prayer shawl for someone?

If you would like to join the Prayer Shawl Team, or if you have any questions, please call Laura at 604-944-9064 or email at ccml@telus.net.

You need not be an expert – most patterns are simple knit and purl. Crocheted shawls are also welcome.

If you know of someone undergoing treatment for cancer and who would benefit from receiving a prayer shawl, within our parish or beyond, please contact Laura (contact info above). There is no charge, but a donation to further the work of the ministry would be appreciated.

If you do not knit or crochet, but would still like to help, donations of yarn, ribbon and medium size gift bags would be most appreciated.

St. Teresa of Avila

Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which to look at Christ’s compassion to the world, yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good, and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.

John 6:51

I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.