Celebrate Sonoma! “Norah Collins Day” is September 9th

Posted on September 3, 2020

Norah Collins day is September 7thThe next person to be honored as part of the “Celebrate Sonoma” program will be Norah Collins who, in 2012, began the “prayer shawl ministry” at Trinity Episcopal Church where Mrs. Collins leads a group of women who knit or crochet shawls and blankets for people who are ill or otherwise suffering.  The completed shawls are blessed by the priest (pictured below) and packaged for distribution along with a note and a prayer for the person’s well being. Since its inception, the prayer shall ministry has given out over 200 shawls. They are free, no questions asked.  Norah and her fellow stitchers pay for and provide all their own materials.

Having the shawls blessed during Sunday service. L to R: Susie Hand, Norah Collins (holding shawls), Linda Dowd, Fr. Jim Thomas, Priest-in-charge, Trinity Episcopal Church, Sonoma, CA
Having the shawls blessed at Trinity Episcopal Church. L to R: Susie Hand, Norah Collins, Linda Dowd, Fr. Jim Thomas

City Council will recognize Mrs. Collins and declare September 9, 2020 “Norah Collins Day” at their Wednesday meeting.

“Celebrate Sonoma” is a program that started in 2019 to recognize people that make up the fabric of Sonoma.  A community member is recognized at a City Council meeting with a presentation of a city recognition certificate honoring them by dedicating a “day” in their honor. Learn more about the selection and recognition process.

Community members are welcome to attend the virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 9th. In order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City Council Chambers will not be physically open to the public and City Council Members will be teleconferencing into the meeting via an electronic meeting platform.  Learn more about where to view meetings online and how to participate in public comment.
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