Hooks and Needles

Prayer Shawl Outreach Ministry

Inspired by the International Prayer Shawl Ministry, Hooks and Needles was born in 2005. Talented parishioners share their love of crochet and knitting by making shawls, hats, baby blankets, and scarves. Prayer is infused into every item; prayer for the recipients, for their caretakers, and for the makers of each item. Prayer, especially, that those receiving our gifts will be comforted by something warm, made with love.

Since 2005 we have donated thousands of shawls and hats to parishioners, local hospital cancer and hospice units, the neo-natal unit for struggling newborn infants, to soldiers overseas, Hines VA hospital, Shepherd’s Table, American Heart Association and more.

How You Can Get Involved


Our members at a May Meeting

Anyone with an interest in knitting or crochet – whether it be novice or advanced – is invited to join us! We share patterns, meet new people, laugh together!

We usually meet twice a month during the day on Tuesdays, from August to June. We also meet in the evening once a month September-October-November, and March-April-May.

Some of our members are not able to attend our group get-togethers, but make items and deliver them to the parish office.

For more information, or to request a prayer shawl, please contact St. Michael Parish at 708-349-0903.

Nation-Wide Campaign #HatNotHate – By September 24


#HatNotHate is a nation-wide campaign to bring awareness to the impact bullying has on children and teens. To participate, you can knit or crochet an extra blue hat-the color of anti-bullying awareness.

We’re requesting hats to give to students for World Day of Bullying Prevention on October 1st. This is a beautiful gesture of solidarity, so we hope you’ll join us in supporting their effort. Once you’ve finished your hat, please mail it to this address by September 24 to get the hats to students by October 1:

Lion Brand Yarn Co.
HAT NOT HATE
135 Kero Road
Carlstadt, NJ 07072

Daytime Meeting Schedule 2018-2019


  • From 9 AM until 10:30 AM
  • September 11 and 25 in the Ministry Room West
  • October 9 and 23
  • November 6 and 20
  • December 11
  • January 8 and 22
  • February 12 and 26
  • March 12 and 26
  • April 9 and 23
  • May 14 and 28
  • June 11 and 25

Evening Meeting Schedule 2018-2019


  • From 7 PM until 8:15 PM
  • September 20 in the Ministry Room West
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • March 21
  • April 11
  • May 16

Our Outreach Ministries

Bereavement

The “How to go on After a Loved One Has Died” program is offered twice a year to people experiencing grief.

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Grief Support

These groups give grieving persons an opportunity to talk about what they are struggling with in their grief.

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HOPE (Jobs Ministry)

Helpful outreach for people seeking employment through networking, speakers and open forums.

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Martha Ministry

This ministry offers support and meals brought home to those who have been ill or incapacitated for a while.

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Prayer Shawls

Talented parishioners (Hooks & Needles) share their love of crochet and knitting by making items with prayer.

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Knights of Columbus

Fraternal Service Organization Council #10858 dedicated to faith, community, family, youth and fellowship.

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St. Vincent de Paul

We help all those in need who are registered parishioners and within our Orland Park Community.

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Food Drives

Usually held in the summer when pantries are low or around Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

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Soup Kitchen

High School students prepare and serve lunch at the Shepherd’s Table – Soup Kitchen in Joliet.

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Appalachia Outreach

High School students spend a week of service in Appalachia in Charleston, West Virginia in June.

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Christmas Sharing Trees

As we approach the season of Christmas, we delight in our ability to bring joy to others through gift giving.

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Lenten Crosses

Paper Crosses with labels requesting items needed by members of our sharing parish and other local charities.

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Respect Life

We value and guard all human life from conception to natural death by participating in various Pro-Life events.

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SouthWest Interfaith Team

SWIFT promotes projects and dialogue among the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious communities.

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Immigration Ministry

This Catholic Social Teaching Team serves a vital role towards fulfilling the mission to “welcome the stranger.”

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Pastoral Migratoria

This ministry invites immigrants to be engaged in service and justice actions in our parish community.

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Ongoing and Upcoming Events

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