BEAVERTON — Knitting and crocheting shawls to support people experiencing stress — that’s the mission behind the prayer shawl ministry of St. Cecilia Parish here.

For 18 years parishioners have been volunteering to craft the shawls using a design based on the tallit, a blanket-like garment worn by religious Jews and Samaritans.

The shawls are designed to assist anyone struggling with grief, illness or other emotional strain, such as a traumatic move, job loss or even a new baby.

“Our shawls are a comfort garment, something to be wrapped around in love,” said ministry founder Jeannine Hooper.

Shawls are available upon request, and hundreds have been gifted to grateful recipients. All shawls are blessed by a priest and come with a printed prayer. While making prayer shawls is their primary mission, the group also crafts baby items including layettes and blankets.

Although the shawls are free, donations are appreciated. The production cost for each shawl is $25. Yarn donations of Lion Brand Homespun yarn are also accepted.

Volunteers meet once a month to share their progress and collect supplies. New members are always welcome.

For more information about the St. Cecilia Prayer Shawl Ministry, con-tact Jeannine Hooper at 503-891-0587 or, or Marylyn Klesh, 503-579-3767 or

Mackey, a member of St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton, is a parish ambassador for the Sentinel.