Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry at Holy Cross was started in 2007 by Rosemary Johns. Volunteers from the parish have been busy knitting or crocheting shawls that can be given to people who may need a special measure of comfort. Its not just the warmth of the shawl that is important, it is also the warmth of the shawl makers and distributors who pray as they craft and gather the shawls.

The shawls could warm someone coping with an illness or offer comfort to someone wrestling with a problem. Hundreds and hundreds of shawls have been given away.  Shawls that were blessed by Fr. Tom are available to be distributed to people in need. If you would like to take a shawl to a neighbor, loved one, or anyone in need of a prayer shawl, please contact the parish office at 920-766-1445.

Rosemary Johns with just a few of the blessed Prayer Shawls


If you have the talent to be able to knit or crochet and would like to use your talent to help those in need, we would love for you to join this worthwhile ministry. Contact Bonnie Schaffer at 920-540-2227.

Directions for making a shawl are below.

Example of Prayer to say while knitting or crocheting
Dear Heavenly Father, be with the person who will wear this prayer shawl each day. Comfort and console them as you hold them in Your healing presence. May this shawl be a sign of Your love and grace. May this shawl bring warmth when they are weary. May it surround the person and cover them with love to ease the pain and suffering. O Christ, be with the doctors, nurses, technicians and all who care for the sick. May Your strong touch reach out to heal all the broken and hurting people and places in our world. We ask Your blessing on the prayer shawl and the person who will wear it. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Knitting Directions:

Materials:3 (4 oz) skeins of a nice 3 or 4 ply worsted weight yarn; Size 11 or 13 knitting needles

Pattern: Cast on 57 stitches. First row - Knit (k) three, Purl (p) three, to the end of the row. Turn and knit the purl and purl the knit. You will begin every row with knit. A weave pattern will develop. Knit about 2 and 2/3 skeins in the pattern. Use the rest of the yarn for fringe. The fringe can be as short as 3" or as long as 8 or 9" - It's up to you

Size: Finished size is about 2 or 3 feet X  6 or 7 feet, and 6 or 7 inches added for the fringe. 

Crocheting Directions:

Materials: 3 (4 oz) skeins of a nice 3 or 4 ply worsted weight yarn; Size N crochet hook

Pattern: Chain 91 loosely. Row 1 (right side): (dc, ch2, sc) in fourth ch from hook, ** skip next 2 chs, (2dc, ch 2, sc) in the next ch. Repeat from ** across. Row 2: Ch 2. turn. (2 dc, ch 2, sc) in first ch 2 sp and in each ch 2 space across. Repeat row 2 until you have used 2 and 2/3 skeins of yarn (or the piece is about 6 feet long). Do not finish off. Last row: Ch 2, turn; ** sc in first ch 2 sp. ch2. Repeat from ** across and end with a sc. Finish off.  Add fringe to first and last rows - as desired with remaining yarn.