The Mary, Queen of Peace Prayer Shawl Ministry provides prayer shawls, blankets, hats and scarves to the cancer wing at North Memorial Hospital and to those in our church community that need the comfort of a prayer shawl. Prayer shawls are wearable hugs crafted with love and intent from maker to recipient. It is these prayers imbued in the shawl with each stitch that make them what they are, to bring comfort to those in need. All items are blessed by Father before being delivered to the hospital to be handed out.
The ministry was created by Dave and Barb Paschke in memory of their daughter, Ruth Ann, who passed away from cancer in 2017. Since 2017 more than 300 prayer shawls have been crocheted and knitted by our members and donated back into the community. We also have a few members that hand-sew fleece blankets that are delivered to the children in the emergency room at North Memorial Hospital.
How to get involved
If you or anyone you know can crochet, knit, or sew and would like to join our ministry you can contact the parish office or email MQPPrayerShawls@mqpcatholic.org. We are always looking for eager hands to join us.
The financial support to purchase yarn and fabric has come from the Rogers Lions Club, MQP Knights of Columbus, MQP Council of Catholic Women and welcomed donations from the community. If you would like to support our ministry and donate yarn or fleece, please contact us via our email as stated above.
Want to Learn?
If you would like to learn how to crochet, knit, or sew? We can teach you as well! Click on the links below directing you to a few videos teaching the basics on how to crochet and we would be happy to sit down with you to teach you firsthand as well.
Our meetings are held in the MQP Parish Life Center. It is not necessary to attend but it’s a great way to meet other knitters/crocheters in our community! The meetings (held in the Parish Life Center) for 2020 are:
- March 17
- May 19
- July 21
- September 15
- November 17.