Thursday, September 20, 2007

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

Have you ever thought about having your houndie blessed?
Ruth Slocum and I were just talking about this the other day. I'm sure several churches around Birmingham do this annually (call and ask!).

Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1124 Hwy 31 South in Vestavia Hills, does!
The following paragraph is taken from their most recent newsletter:

"The Fifth Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held Sunday, October 7th, at 3:00pm outside on the lawn north of Grace Hall. The service of gratitude for our animal companions traditionally occurs in the month when the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi is celebrated. Francis is known for loving all creatures in the name of Christ. All members and friends of the congregation are invited to attend and to bring pets in an appropriate container or on a leash Our own Tammy Stumpff, who is a veterinarian, will present the homily. For more information, call Chruch Administrator Betsy Murphy at 822-1124."

Also, GreyFest (Oct 6 in Newnan GA) will hold a blessing of the animals at the beginning of the event, 10:15 am est, if I remember correctly.

Dr Stumpff works at Kidd Animal Clinic on Rocky Ridge Road in Vestavia Hills.

~contributed by Pat Christians, Mandy and Ester's mom

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