By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
Pets are wonderful creatures and gifts from God entrusted to our care. For many of us, they’re also members of our families. Those of us who love our pets have something in common with a famous Italian Catholic friar who live about 800 years ago. St. Francis of Assisi did a lot to draw attention to the poor and needy. He also loved all animals, recognizing them to be part of God’s great creation. (St. Francis was even known to carry on conversations with the birds in the trees.) In the year 1228, Pope Gregory named Francis the patron saint of both animals and the environment.
Here are the details of how we’ll celebrate the pets of our parish:
Trinity’s Pet Blessing
We’ll meet in the courtyard outside the Fellowship Building.
(If it rains, you can find us in Langley Hall.)
Everyone is welcome.
Important information: All dogs need to be on leashes. Cats and all other critters need to be in cages or other appropriate carriers.
As you may have heard, we lost our buddy Biscuit in June. Not only was he our family pet but he was also the church mascot who fielded all kinds of questions from our Sunday School children. Good news! Duke, our grand-dog (who is also a Yellow Labrador), will be taking his turn at answering questions. Duke invites all Trinity children to ask away, either at the website (http://umtrinity.org/education/ask-duke) or through their Sunday School teachers. You can see his answers starting in the Spire next month.