Blessing benefits furry friends
by Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer
Since the beginning of religious history and written religious word animals of all kinds have been involved.
On Sunday, Pastor Ray Penn of New Tazewell United Methodist Church and Father Joe Campbell of Christ the King Catholic Church held a pet blessing at New Tazewell United Methodist Church.
October was perfect timing for the pet blessing because the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi is in October for the Catholic church calendar.
This Saint took a special liking to animals of all sorts including birds which would perch on his shoulders as he preached.
“I believe angels come in many forms, sometimes even with fur and claws because they show perfect love. They sense our feelings even at times when we can’t share our feelings with a human counselor,” said Penn.
For each pet blessed a monetary or pet food donation was collected which will benefit the Claiborne County Animal Shelter in New Tazewell. Surprisingly no pet snarls or cat fights broke out among the over 45 cats and dogs that received a blessing from Father Joe or Pastor Ray.
“How we treat our pets, our young people and our elderly is a telling sign about the real value systems of our whole country,” said Penn. There are plans to make this an annual event at the church.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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