Church blesses dogs, cats, and a chicken!

We had a great turnout for our annual Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday, our largest one yet! People brought their pets or pictures of them to receiving a blessing.  We even blessed a chicken! Thanks to all who came out and brought their furry and feathered friends. We gave thanks for all of the beautiful creatures that enrich and enhance our lives.

There was also a time of remembrance for pets loved and lost. 

The blessing is a tradition in many Christian churches, and usually held near the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, celebrated worldwide on Oct. 4.  St. Francis is known for his generosity towards the poor or ill, however he is widely remembered for his love of animals.

An offering of unopened dog and cat food was taken that will go A.R.F. who will make sure it gets to low-income pet owners.