On Friday, Oct. 4, parishioners and pet owners from around the Surface Creek Valley gathered at St. Philips Catholic Church in Cedaredge, to take part in the "Blessing of the Animals." Fr. Albeiro Herrera-Ciro individually blessed each of the 17 dogs who brought their masters to the celebration.
The Blessing of the Animals is traditionally celebrated Oct. 4 (The Feast Day of Saint Francis) to commemorate his love for and kinship with all of God's creatures.
The annual blessing is an opportunity for pet owners to reflect upon the positive impact their pets have on their own emotional, mental and physical well-being.
In 1979 Pope John Paul II proclaimed Saint Francis of Assisi as the patron saint of the animals and ecology. John Paul II said St. Francis offers Christians an example of genuine and deep respect for the integrity of creation. "As a friend of the poor who was loved by God's creatures," explained the pontiff, "Saint Francis invited all of creation — animals, plants, natural forces, even Brother Sun and Sister Moon — to give honour and praise to the Lord."
For those who missed the Oct. 4 event, the "Blessing of the Animals" with Pastor Tom Lange, All Saints Lutheran Church, will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Cedaredge Town Park.blog comments powered by Disqus