Our Mission is to bring “A Hug from God” to our parish family and the community through the
work of our hands as we knit/crochet prayer shawls and lap robes, with each stitch offered in
prayer for the recipient. We pray the woven threads will be a tangible reminder of
God’s love and care in all seasons of life.

In 1998, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo combined their love of knitting into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort or solace.  This endeavor has continued to flourish!  St. Joseph of the Panther Valley invites you to participate in this Corporal Work of Mercy.

How to participate: If you know how to knit and purl or single/double crochet, you can make a shawl.  Prayer Shawl Ministry is a wonderful opportunity to be active in your church from the comfort of home!  There are no meetings, deadlines, or dues. 

Materials needed:  Yarn, needles, and a pattern.

How it works:  Before you being to knit or crochet a shawl, a prayer is said dedicating the work of your hands for the intentions of the receiver.  When completed, the shawl is blessed and then given to a nursing home resident, someone who is homebound, a parishioner, neighbor, or friend in need of comfort or solace or for whatever reason.

If you have questions about the Prayer Shawl Ministry or need more information, please contact Mary Ellen Ogozalek via phone at 570-645-3719 or email mog246@yahoo.com or Dorothy Kuhn via phone at 570-645-2580.

Would you like to learn more about the Corporal Works of Mercy?  Click here!

Current Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry

Ann Marie Stauffer Donna Dowling Mary Hnat
Barbara DiMattea Jackie Lawrence Pat Matika
Barbara Sommers Jane Infante JoAnn Behrens
Bonnie Schuetrumpf Julianne O’Gorman Rita DeFebo
Linda Figura Marcy Miller MaryAnn Yusella
Lottie Hager Marie M. Krutsick

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