Some church parishioners in Rockville are members of a prayer shawl ministry who are on a mission to help others.
The ladies from Saint Bernard Church in Rockville knit blankets and prayer shawls to make a difference.
"I think it gives them warmth for one thing, physical warmth, but also the warmth of somebody caring and praying with them,” Mary Smith with prayer shawl ministry said.
Smith and her sister started this prayer shawl ministry at the Saint Bernard Church in 2009.
Over the years, they've all knit almost 900 shawls and lap robes. Members of the prayer ministry have books filled with thank you cards and pictures from shawl recipients.
"It makes us feel wonderful and we've not only given them personally to people, but we've also given to organizations,” Smith said.
"People are proud of the ministry here at the parish, but it extends far beyond the borders of the town,” Pastor Father Rick Ricard said.
Ricard said the mission of the ministry has been fulfilled over and over again.
They meet on the second Thursday of the month to knit. Each shawl and lap robe is prayed over and sprinkled with holy water.
"You know, this is what God calls us to,” Ricard said. “It is not only to be spiritually alive in our own lives, but to reach out to those, especially those who most need it."
"We give them for many different reasons. It's not just for illness or comfort,” Kathy Mullin with prayer shawl ministry said. “It's for retirement or a new baby, moving to a new town, a bride."
If you want one or know someone who could use a shawl and the prayers that come along with it, you can just call the church rectory at 860-875-0753. There will be no questions asked.
"They're there for the taking,” Mullin said. “They're not for sale. We don't sell them at all."
For more information on the ministry and the church, or to donate yarn that will go to a great cause, click here.
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