Community Blessing of the Animals

For More Information: The Reverend Christy Dorn, 816-474-8260 ext. 152, OR Julie Toma, 816-474-8260 ext. 106,

Come with your pets to Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (415 W. 13th St.) for our annual community Blessing of the Animals Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.

We will gather on the north lawn (corner at 13th and Broadway) for a parade of pets and endangered species, prayers, music and a celebration of all of God’s creatures. Animal and people treats will be served. A jazz duo will provide music during the event. Wayside Waifs and the Great Plains SPCA will have animals available for adoption.

We invite attendees to bring a donation for Wayside Waifs or Great Plains SPCA: Canned kitten and cat food (paté style), Canned puppy and dog food, KMR kitten formula, Formula bottles, Esbilac (puppy formula), Clay kitty litter (non-clumping), Hand sanitizer, Paper towels and Copy paper.

Bring your leashed, crated or otherwise secured domestic critters and be part of the holy fun!

The tradition of animal or pet blessings is in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all God’s creatures. Francis, whose feast day is October 4, wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things: “All praise to you, O Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.”

For more information, contact the Cathedral online or by phone 816-474-8260.

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