Blessing of the Animals Service
Join us on the grassy south lawn of the church for our 5th Annual Blessing of the Animals, a celebration of all God’s creatures, great and small. In this brief service with time for treats and sharing, we rejoice in the critters who bless our lives as well as remember cherished pets who are no longer with us. There will be raffle drawings for pet prizes, crayons and coloring pages for kids, treats for pets and water for humans.
This year we pay tribute to the special contribution of service animals with featured event partner KSDS, Inc (Kansas Specialty Dog Services). Our event sponsors include Sydney’s Pet Resort, Fetch Bistro and All Paws Pet Center. All participants receive one free raffle ticket for door prizes contributed by our generous sponsors. Earn more chances to win by making a donation to our featured partner organization, KSDS. Cash or checks accepted.
All pets on leashes, in carriers or in swimming containers are welcome!
We are excited to celebrate God’s wonderful creation with you. For more about St. Francis and Chapel Hill’s annual blessing, read this fascinating blog post from Senior Pastor Jeff Gannon. You can also learn about long-time blessing attendee Sheila Martin and her agility dog training here.
About the Feast Day of St. Francis
St. Francis of Assisi is the patron Saint of animals and the environment in the Catholic church. His witness to God’s good and beautiful creation has inspired Christians across denominations and compels many to give thanks to God for faithful companions in our lives, present and past. The wisdom of St. Francis allows us to find blessing in the simplicity of the world around us and the creatures who dwell in the grass, fly through the sky, swim in the sea and who find comfort in our homes. Join us for the celebration God’s good creation!
Enjoy these words from Pope John Paul II: “As a friend of the poor who was loved by God’s creatures, Saint Francis invited all of creation – animals, plants, natural forces, even Brother Sun and Sister Moon – to give honor and praise to the Lord. The poor man of Assisi gives us striking witness that when we are at peace with God we are better able to devote ourselves to building up that peace with all creation which is inseparable from peace among all peoples.” Further he writes, “It is my hope that the inspiration of Saint Francis will help us to keep ever alive a sense of ‘fraternity’ with all those good and beautiful things which Almighty God has created.”