Blessing of the Animals

13 October – 9:30am at the church

These blessings services are held around the feast day of St Frances of Assisi, as he is considered the patron saint of all animals.

Our scriptures make clear that God created all animals and filled them with his spirit (Psalm 104), so it is fitting that we offer a blessing for the animals who live with us, assist us and bring us comfort and joy.

Pets such as cats and dogs, birds, reptiles, and fish, and other domesticated animals are welcome to attend. When people are not able to bring an animal, they may wish to bring a picture of an animal they love or even an endangered species in the wild.

To provide a comfortable context for all pets attending, animals must be on a leash or in a secure pen for the safety of other animals.

The special focus for this service will be a public expression of the bond we have with all animals. Through the service, we will acknowledge them an integral part of our worship life and relationships. Please mark this service in your diary, and please invite your family, friends and neighbours to bring their pets to be blessed.

At the end of the service, there will be retiring offering for the work of the RSPCA ACT.

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