The Prayer Blanket Story
The Prayer Blanket Ministry was introduced to St. Thomas More by a parishioner who was given the opportunity to give one to a friend who was facing treatment for cancer. It brought the friend great peace and joy from the gifts and prayers of a faith community. It also gave her a sense of "family" and confidence in God's infinite love and mercy. St. Thomas More Prayer Blanket Ministry involves intercessory prayer and sewing lap-size blankets. These are given to anyone needing the gift of love and prayer. Prayers are offered for recipients as the blankets are constructed and thereafter by both the ministry and other members of the staff and parish community. The Prayer Blanket is a tangible sign that each recipient is lifted up in prayer by our Faith Community. The blankets are blessed at the 8:30 a.m. First Friday Mass.
A Gift of Love & A Testimony of Faith
The Prayer Blanket Ministry touches not only the lives of those who receive the blankets but also those who construct and distribute them and those who see them in use. Recipients speak of the impact they have on doctors, nurses, visitors and those who see them and ask about them.
They are a testimony that a community of faith relies on God and one another to accompany on life's journey. Intercessory prayer is a prayer of petition that leads us to pray as Jesus did. Jesus is able to save those who draw near to God through him. The Holy Spirit himself intercedes for us! So I say to you: "Ask and it will be given to you, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you, for everyone who asks receives, everyone who seeks finds, everyone who knocks will have the door opened." (Luke 10:9-10).
In the beautiful act of giving and receiving, blessing and prayer, the threads of these blankets become interwoven with faith, hope and love.
Who Is Eligible To Receive A Blanket?
- Adults or children with a physical or emotional illness
- Individuals preparing for surgery or recovering from an acute illness
- Individuals living with a chronic condition or in treatment for a life-threatening illness
- Individuals experiencing a crisis such as the loss of a loved one, loss of job, relationship crisis, etc.
- High risk pregnancy, miscarriage or neonatal crisis
Unfortunately, we are unable to ship or mail blankets, requested blankets are available for pick up at our Church Parish Office.
"Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly in heart of you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:29
ALL BLANKETS ARE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE.
How You Can Help:
Sew Prayer Blankets at Parish Every Thursday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Sew Prayer Blankets at home
Monogram the Prayer Blankets with the St. Thomas More logo and recipient's name
Donate materials needed for construction of the blankets
Put finishing touches on the blankets
The Healing Power of The Holy Name of Jesus
Join with us in praying for those whom we serve:
Jesus, your coming on earth was like a new dawn over a world of darkness: the blind saw, the lame walked again, the sick were healed and even the dead were raised to life. Come again into the lives of everyone and heal the wounds of their broken hearts. Come again to all who are sick or distressed and fill their lives with hope and peace. Come again to us as we call on Your holy name so that we too may receive your help and healing grace. - Amen.
For more information about this wonderful Prayer Blanket Ministry please contact the Ministry Leader.