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Karlin
4th October 2009, 10:44 PM
In the Irish Times pics of the day this weekend; from the annual blessing of the animals mass at St Joseph's Church, Glasthule:

http://www.irishtimes.com/focus/images/2009/1004/01.jpg

What a lovely dog! :)

*Pauline*
4th October 2009, 11:23 PM
Very sweet looking fellow and such a great picture.

linderbelle
5th October 2009, 02:44 AM
oh how cool. I've never heard of such a thing. I doubt if anywhere in the states there is an event like this.

jld
5th October 2009, 02:54 AM
Oh yes, our church does it every year here in Dallas, TX. It is a catholic church, but I have also seen it at protestant churches too.

linderbelle
5th October 2009, 02:59 AM
wow jld i've never heard of it and i'm in the bible belt.

Cathy T
5th October 2009, 03:03 AM
I think they were doing this this weekend in Atlanta. Sure is a cute little Cavalier!

linderbelle
5th October 2009, 03:06 AM
Really Cathy. Do you know where? I'm a hour south of Atl.

jld
5th October 2009, 03:13 AM
I think they did it this past weekend here too. Maybe it is always done on a particular weekend....

EddyAnne
5th October 2009, 03:19 AM
In Australia if one looks around they will find events like annual blessing of the animals mass, and where some on my Cavalier email list do take their Cavaliers too. Yes I remember Julie where she even mentioning this - "the priest who blessed Mickey and Kurli also had a Cavalier, so he was very happy to give a cuddle and talk."
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jasperpaw
5th October 2009, 08:28 AM
What a lovely photo and what a well behaved cavalier.

sins
5th October 2009, 09:58 AM
It's a wonderful picture.The cavalier looks very interested in proceedings, now if I could figure out how to get my children to sit still in church like that:p.....
Yesterday was the feast day of St Francis of Assissi (patron saint of animals), and some Catholic churches would have held the blessing of the animals.
St Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to Godís living things. ďAll praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.Ē

Sins

Shelli
5th October 2009, 10:23 AM
What a lovely picture :)

Karlin
5th October 2009, 11:05 AM
Yes as Sins notes it is an event that a number of Catholic churches hold in honour of St Francis though some have such events at other times of the year. Also the Church of Ireland churches also do them, as a friend recently took her cavalier to one at the Rathfarnham CoI church. :) She said someone had even brought a hamster!

Rumor
5th October 2009, 11:49 AM
oh how cool. I've never heard of such a thing. I doubt if anywhere in the states there is an event like this.

It's a little late now but here you can find one near you for the future http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/francis/us.asp

Daisy's Mom
5th October 2009, 04:56 PM
Our (Catholic) church does it every year, but they (sadly) don't let the animals actually into the sanctuary. They do it in a courtyard. However, we just got a new priest, so maybe things will be different. I want to bring Daisy, but it's never worked out. Plus she's such a corker around other dogs on leash that I'd hate to have her create chaos.

heather r
5th October 2009, 09:14 PM
What a well behaved cavalier and a lovely photo! They had a service outside yesterday in Boston and a police black lab tried to give the priest a kissicon_whistling

Heather R