Thursday, October 2, 2008
Feast Day of St. Therese
Yesterday was the Feast Day of St. Therese. I belong to St. Therese's Parish and if you go to morning Mass on Friday's you're sure to say the St. Therese Novena! My husband and I signed up to participate in the '40 Days for Life', a diocese-wide effort to promote pro-life. Our parish was scheduled to have adoration for 24 hours on October 1, to pray for the end of abortion. What a beautiful, meaningful hour we spent together in quiet prayer and meditation. I came in the door quite frazzled with a busy day behind me and left totally relaxed and rejuvinated.
After our hour, I went to the rectory and gave our pastor a very special gift from our prayer shawl ministry. All the members of the ministry knit 5-10" on the shawl with many prayers knitted into each stitch. Above is a photo. I began the ministry after I learned my neighbor had breast cancer. I went to another church to get her a prayer shawl, which she tells me, brought her much comfort over the course of the year she was going through treatment. Because our church didn't have a ministry, I started one. We have also branched out a bit and we also knit burial gowns for babies. This ministry has been very meaningful to me, and has been a beautiful way for my daughter and I to work together toward helping others in their time of need.