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5 Places To Get Your Animals Blessed

To celebrate the feast of St. Francis, pets receive grace.

Christians celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, on Oct, 4 by having their pets blessed. In East Hampton, there are many blessings to choose from, so gather up your dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, scaled friends and feathered friends and head to your local church over the next few weekends.

1. is the first to hold one this weekend. The Rev. Dennis C. Brunelle will on Sunday at 10 a.m.

2. The Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster said to bring your barking, meowing, slithering family members to be at on Sunday at 1 p.m. Each pet will even get a St. Francis of Assisi Certificate of Blessing.

3. The will hold a for pets on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

4. If you are willing to travel a little further west, Rev. Foster will be holding a for animals at the in Bridgehampton on Saturday at 10 a.m.

5. The Rev. Alison Cornish and Worship Associates Pat Gorman, Steve Flores and Sue Penny will lead the at in Bridgehampton on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Jane Liebell October 02, 2011 at 05:32 PM
I can't speak for all churches, but I just had Father Mike bless my three dogs at St Terese Church in Montauk. There were alot of dogs and a very scared cat in a carrier and it didn't cost a cent! Thanks Father Mike for blessing my dogs and all the other animals.
Taylor K. Vecsey October 02, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Jane, if you happened to take any photos, we are asking readers to send in photos of their pets!
Morgan Duke Vaughan October 02, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Rev. Dr. Foster blessed my darling dog Pearl at St. Michael's today ... it was free and we got a certificate that is now proudly displayed on the fridge! It was lovely to meet the other pet owners and to thank God specifically for our pets. Thank you to all the East End churches - and to Rev. Foster!
Alexis Klatt October 02, 2011 at 09:48 PM
People every where are having their pets blessed today, here on the West Coast as well. Since having pets blessed is NOT SCRIPTURAL, it must be another Church Tradition. It reminds me of what Jesus said to the religious leaders in his day, in Matthew chapter 15 in its entirety , but especially vs 6, ". . . And so you have made the word of God invalid because of your traditions." Wouldn't it be more practical to teach the throngs who attend your churches, how to survive the fast approaching Judgement Day, especially in light of Proverbs 24:11 which says, "Deliver those being taken away to death; and those staggering to the slaughter, O may you hold them back." Mankind, except for a small minority, is on a collision course with God, and don't even know it. Not unlike Noah's day, when the flood came and swept them all away. Ecclesiastes 12:13,14 says, "The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole obligation of man. "
Rev. Dr. Katrina Foster October 06, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Thank you so much for coming!!!! It was great to meet you and Pearl.

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