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.
Compassion and the love of knitting or crochet 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 by our priest before the shawl is wrapped for giving.
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.
Even in Summer a Prayer Shawl can bring comfort and healing to someone who is struggling. While confined to home in our current global health scare, our Parish shawl-makers are still hard at work, creating lovely, comforting shawls rich with prayers and blessings for those who need them. Shawls are in stock now. If you know someone who is sick, grieving, preparing for surgery, expecting a baby, reaching advanced age, suffering from loneliness, anxiety or depression, or is in need of encouragement and a “prayerful hug”, let us know! Contact Sandy Palodichuk at 408-813-5798 to choose just the right color and size!
Would you like to join this ministry? Our next “Zoom meeting” is Monday, July 20 at 10am. Contact Sandy for details.
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 email@example.com.