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Blessing of the Animals at Bowen United Church

The rescheduled Pet Blessings will now take place this Sunday morning
Julie Rogers attending a Pet Blessing with Lucy.

St. Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic friar who lived in the 12th and 13th century.

He is recognized as the one who founded the Franciscan Order, inspiring others to focus on poverty, humility and a love of nature and animals. The Franciscans encouraged practices of compassion and simplicity. After Francis’ death, he was canonized and named the patron Saint of Animals.

On Sunday, October 29 at Bowen Island United Church, we will have our annual Blessing of the Animals service. All ages and spiritual paths are welcome. You do not have to be a member of Bowen Island United Church or any church to bring your animal for a blessing.

Our animals bring so much to our lives and give so unselfishly to us. Let’s spend time with them, loving and caring for them and thanking them for all the light they bring to our lives. If you had a pet who has recently left this world, you are welcome to bring a photo of your beloved creature and we will bless his/her memory.

So who is welcome at this table? Dogs on leashes; cats in their own comfy carriers and held in their owners arms; birds in cages; horses - I will come outside if you would like to bring them to the churchyard. And goats - I know you are out there! All pets are welcome. Ferrets, hamsters… whatever creature it is that keeps you company.

St. Francis had a deep connection with nature and a passion for promoting peace, love and compassion toward all animals. Come join us at 10:30 am on Sunday, October 29, at 1122 Miller Road, as we embrace that spirit and pass it on.