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Prayer Shawl Ministry Introduced to St. Ursula Academy Junior High Students

Posted 7/31/2017

On June 14, 2017 new and present Junior Academy students were invited to an evening to learn about the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Following an opening prayer, Sister Donna Frey introduced the evening by giving a brief history of the prayer shawl ministry that was begun by the Associates of the Ursuline Community in 2008.

Prayer shawls and blankets have been made for centuries as a way to bring comfort, warmth and healing to those in despair, in poor health or grieving loss of loved ones. Groups come together to knit, crochet or tie blankets/shawls for those in need of strength and hope. Once the blankets or shawls are completed, there is a blessing that accompanies the blanket and is attached before being given to a deserving recipient.

About 50 students, parents and school personnel gathered to share in this common experience. Ten fleece blankets were made and will be blessed in the fall of the school year and decisions will then be made as to who may be the first recipients.

Following the session, all were invited to make ice cream sundaes with all types of toppings. This prayer shawl activity is an extension of the work of the Ursuline Associates and could develop into something more, involving other students of various grade levels.