Mask-sewing Ministry

 In COVID-19 Ministries

Our Holy Spirit Parish network has already produced and donated over 350 handmade fabric masks and plastic face shields to the VA hospitals of the South Bay Area to better protect veterans and their families when entering hospital and medical clinics.

Because the VA has received many mask donations from many donors, our team will happily reserve masks now for any parishioner in need while still producing to help medical providers as needed. Are you older, manage an ongoing illness or live alone? Please email Leah and Pastoral Care to request a mask so that you will be able to protect others and stay protected when you eventually must go out for doctor appointments or food shopping. We will sew until everyone is covered!

Thank you to our amazing team behind the sewing machines or providing supplies!

Christy Barrese Rick Harbrecht Stephanie Schweizer
Anya Barrese Karen Hayes Alice Southwell
Tiffani Benavides Janet Huntley Jane Thompson
Annetta Calhoun Carol Mallie Yvonne Wakefield
Anne Marie Giovanetti Sandy Palodichuk Pearl Wiedlin
Dee Harbrecht Karen Rauen Roberta Zoller
Sammie Schweizer

To join our fabulous mask-making effort, send an email to to be included in the latest updates on needs, pattern improvements and supply swaps.

How can you help?

Sew masks at home: Click the link below for a free pattern to make a standard pleated face mask with elastic ear loops. The mask can be made with an interior pocket in which an additional filter can be inserted (provided by the hospital staff). If you do not have elastic, fabric ties are acceptable. Just be sure that ties are 14” in length so ties can be secure on most sized heads.

Homemade Masks

Donate materials: if you have 100% cotton fabric, elastic (any size under ½”), or ready-made bias binding tape, please contact Leah Harris at

If you cannot sew and cannot assist with this call for making masks, you still need a mask for yourself. Until we can produce enough masks to support our parish community members, please view this video from the Surgeon General online immediately to find how to make a “no sew” mask in any home.

Mask for self

This information will be updated based upon CDC official updates and local hospital requirements. If you would like to join the Holy Spirit Mask Sewing Network, contact

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