Sunday, October 04, 2009

Pets to be Blessed

Local pets will receive blessings at two locations today and another on Oct. 18.

Grace Episcopal Church invites people to bring pets on leashes or in cages to church in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. There will be a 9:00 a.m. Family Friendly Communion on the front lawn of the church, East Seventh Street at Cleveland Avenue, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Abbreviated Service in the Sanctuary. At 4 p.m. there will be a musical program in celebration of the feast day.

The Friends of Sleepy Hollow will hold the Annual Celebration of Animals at 1:30 p.m. in the Leland Avenue Park. Those offerings blessings will be Rev. Leonard Bethel, retired from Bethel Presbyterian Church; Rev. Carolyn Eklund, rector of Grace Episcopal Church; James Handlin, a Buddhist; Sandra Miller, a shaman; and Rev. Frank Rose, poster of St. Bernard/St. Stanislaus R.C. Church.

On Oct. 18, the new minister at First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, the Rev. Tracy Sprowls-Jenks, will offer blessings at the church, 724 Park Ave. The sermon is titled, “A Joyful Paws.”

“Pets are important members of many families in our congregation. I am mindful, too, that not everyone has a pet and some people are allergic to them. Yet, everyone has a story about an animal that has touched them in some way,” Rev. Sprowls-Jenks said.

During the 10 a.m. service, Rev. Sprowls-Jenks said, she will “share some stories about some amazing animals and then we will have an animal blessing. Everyone is invited to bring a pet(s) to be blessed during the service. Children will be participating in this service.”

--Bernice Paglia


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