Made With Love

Made With Love

By Lauren Dickey Teevan

My grandmothers used to knit. My great aunt used to knit. My great-grandmother used to knit. Naturally I thought one day I would learn to knit. I did at age 35.
I knew St. Catharine’s had a group, who met on a regular basis to knit and crochet prayer shawls and baby blankets for women and men in the community. By using their hands these women were creating something with love and prayers for someone in need. What a special gift!
Deciding this ministry would be a way to learn knitting and be a part of something bigger than me, I showed up in Room 2 on a Thursday night last January with an expert-knitter friend. “Each one, reach one,” right? We were welcomed with open arms, and my knitting journey began.
After an opening prayer and a prayer for the 125+ individuals who have received a shawl, I was handed a pair of needles and a pattern and my friend started teaching me the basics. After two weeks, I can honestly say, “I’m a knitter,” thanks to the motivation and encouragement of these amazing women.
Last year the Prayer Shawl ministry made and delivered more than 40 shawls to the Davita Dialysis Center at Bayshore Community Hospital. We also support the Bereavement Group at St. Catharine’s and Family Promise, an interdenominational organization in Monmouth County that helps the homeless. Recently several Girl Scout troops have asked us to teach them crocheting and making a shawl. After learning, each girl creates a square then all the troop’s squares are assembled into one shawl.
My friend and I are now reaching out to other parish ministries—baptism, caring and visiting the sick—by providing handmade keepsakes to distribute to their constituents.
The Prayer Shawl ministry has more than a dozen blessed shawls available. After the next binding ceremony, when the newly completed shawls are prayed over and blessed, we’ll be adding 20 more. If you know someone who would enjoy a prayer shawl, all you need do is ask.