In a longstanding Anglican tradition, pets are always welcome in church, but especially on St. Francis Day!
On Sunday, October 7th, we will have a special blessing of the animals at both services, so please bring your furry, feathery, and scaly friends that day. If your pets don't travel well, or you'd like to remember pets who have passed, please bring a photo.
During the 10am service, we will celebrate the life and witness of St. Francis with special readings and prayers led by the children of the parish, as well as with seasonal music by the choir. Pets will come up for individual blessings at the chancel steps, and "treats" will be on hand for one and all at coffee hour.
In the spirit of St. Francis, our annual animal blessing took place last Sunday during the services. The “peaceable kingdom” was made up of dogs, cats, a lizard, several stuffed animals and photos. Fr Rick offered them all a blessing and a prayer for St Francis to watch over them in the coming year. Additionally, the children of the parish taught us about the life and ministry of St Francis, and offered prayers for animals of all sorts (see video here ). Many thanks to our Sunday School for the children's program, Calvin De Mond and George Thurston for taking videoand photos of the pet blessings, Sandy Taylor for a great coffee hour, and everyone for participating!