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.

Last Dates 2017-2018


  • From 9 AM until 10:30 AM
  • June 12 and 26

Daytime Schedule 2018-2019


  • From 9 AM until 10:30 AM
  • August 14 and 28
  • September 11 and 25
  • 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 Schedule 2018-2019


  • From 7 PM until 8:15 PM
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15
  • March 21
  • April 11
  • May 16

Ongoing and Upcoming Events

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