Blessing of the pets St. Matthewâ€™s Sunday
Blessing of the pets St. Matthew’s Sunday
St. Matthew’s Parish will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals after the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 2, on the front lawn by the old beech tree. Pets of all denominations and their owners are welcome to attend.
Pet-sitting, for those who would like to attend the service, will be provided by the St. Matthew’s youth group. Water and treats will be available before and after the ceremony. Please ensure your pet is in some type of carrier, cage, or on a suitable leash.
“The Blessing of the Animals is traditionally held on the Sunday closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi,” which is on Oct. 4, said Father Bergmann, interim rector of St. Matthew’s.
“Blessing our pets that day helps remind us of God’s love and care of creation and our responsibility as stewards of creation,” he added.
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church of Jamestown is one of the oldest and most active parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.