Service for pets at Penarth church!
4:30pm Saturday 13th October 2012 in News
ST Augustine's Church will be breaking new ground on Sunday (October 14), when it holds its first service for pets!
Many churches celebrate the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, with a service of blessing for animals. And St Augustine's hopes that Penarth pet owners will welcome the chance of bringing their animals along to be blessed.
The Parish curate, Fr Edward Dowland Owen, is himself the proud owner of a hamster called Archie.
"Pets teach people to see the love of God in all creation, and this service will provide an opportunity for people to give thanks for them and for the whole created order," he said.
The service, which starts at 3.30pm, will not be long. Pets of all kinds are welcome along with their well-behaved owners. It is suggested that pets should come in appropriate containers or on a leash.
Fr Dowland-Owen added: "It is not anticipated that this occasion will mirror a similar event in a well-known TV programme, where horses, cows and other large animals roamed freely - but St Augustine's is not carpeted which may be an advantage!"
More information at: www.parishofpenarthandllandough.co.uk