Prayer Ministry

Pastoral Care

Power in prayer

The Pastoral Care office receives requests every day for prayers—for those in our parish, family and loved ones, friends and colleagues both near and far. Each request is different and each request is ardently needed and desired. While names are traditionally read weekly in the Prayers of the Faithful (Intercessions) for a brief time and written in the Book of Prayers, often prayers are needed for an extended period of time, or necessitate privacy.

Prayer Partners

The Prayer Partners Ministry for Holy Spirit Parish provides intensive confidential prayer support. Quite simply, Prayer Partners pray daily for a specific individual and their needs. The prayer request and first name only are distributed weekly by the ministry coordinator via email.

This ministry is a great volunteer opportunity for parishioners who are busy, work many hours, travel often or have health or mobility limitations. In addition, it brings great fulfillment to those who have witnessed or experienced the miracle of prayer in their life. Ministers commit to strict confidentiality boundaries and all requests are handled with care by the Pastoral Care Office.

If you would like to become a part of this spiritually rewarding ministry, or would like to submit a request for prayers, please contact Leah Harris, Pastoral Care Coordinator, at at 408-997-5110 or

Prayer Shawls

Compassion and the love of knitting and crocheting have been combined into a prayerful ministry and spiritual practice which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace, as well as in celebration and joy. Many blessings are prayed into every prayer shawl. The shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way.

Shawls can be used for: undergoing medical procedures; comfort after a loss and bereavement; during times of stress; prayer or meditation; birthing, nursing a baby; bridal shower or wedding gift; during an illness and recovery; ministering to others.

For more information, please contact Leah Harris, Pastoral Care Director, at

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