This ministry reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace as well as in celebration and joy.

The volunteer members of the SS. Isidore and Maria Parish prayer shawl ministry create handcrafted shawls and lap blankets for donation to anyone in need of comfort and prayer. The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessing for the recipient.These prayers are continued throughout the creation process. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl or lap blanket is sent on its way.

It is our hope that those who wear their shawls or use their lap blankets will feel the love that goes into making each and every one of them.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry meets the third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the library of St. Paul Church. It is open to anyone who has the skills to knit or crochet or, who would like to learn how to knit or crochet. Whether you knit or crochet quickly or slowly, your help is welcome to make fulfill the mission of spreading God’s love through prayer shawls and lap blankets.

Each volunteer takes yarn home with them and works on the shawl/lap blanket at their leisure at home. Whether you knit or crochet, or want to learn, there are plenty of expert helpers to get you started.

Here’s information for anyone wishing to join the ministry:

Need a prayer shawl or lap blanket for yourself or someone else? Please contact Melissa at 860-633-9419 or