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.

There is no fee required for a prayer shawl. Cash donations are always appreciated to purchase yarn and other materials.

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

Daytime Meeting Schedule 2020

  • From 9 AM until 10:30 AM in the Ministry Room West
  • March 10 and 24CANCELLED!
  • April 14 and 28
  • May 12 and 26
  • June 9 and 23

Evening Meeting Schedule 2020

  • From 7 PM until 8:30 PM in the Ministry Room West
  • March 19CANCELLED!
  • April 16
  • May 21

Our Outreach Ministries

Alcoholic Anonymous

If you think you have a problem with alcohol and have a desire to stop drinking, come to our AA meetings.

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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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Domestic Violence

We focus on awareness of the problem, resources for victims, and prevention of domestic violence.

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

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A lifeline of hope and healing for struggling marriages through a three-phase program on weekends.

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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