Colorful lap robes and shawls for people who are homebound have been stitched, tied or knitted with love and prayers by members of St. Mary Parish in Centerville and Vacation Bible School students.
All 68 lap robes and shawls had been collected and placed inside the church to be blessed by Bishop Martin Amos when he visited the parish earlier this month for the centennial celebration of Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.
“Our intention is to deliver the lap robes and prayer shawls to the homebound over the next few weeks,” said Lorraine Ramos, chair of the parish’s Social Action Committee. Recipients of the handmade items will also receive a written prayer. “They’re asked to pray for other people in the parish and for the person who made the shawl or lap robe,” Ramos said.
Father Dennis Schaab, C.PP.S., St. Mary’s pastor, proposed the prayer shawl project for the parish after seeing how beneficial it was in a previous parish he served at, she added.