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Women in Prayer Shawl Ministry put care and prayer into items they make for the sick, needy

Women in Prayer Shawl Ministry put care and prayer into items they make for the sick, needy

On a brisk winter day last month, six women gathered in a cozy room at Sacred Heart Glyndon, a Roman Catholic church at 81 Sacred Heart Lane. Piled on a table were prayer shawls, lap robes and other crocheted and knitted items ready to be labeled, bagged and distributed. The Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting was in session. "We start with a prayer, then we work and talk and laugh," said Sister Helen Wiegmann, who coordinates the group as part of the church's outreach ministry. Sacred Heart's Prayer Shawl Ministry began in 2009 at the suggestion of Owings Mills resident Betty Schneck. She had seen instructions online for crocheting prayer shawls, and she brought the idea...

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