Blessing of the Pets
All Saints’ Church, Whitefish – Columbia Falls
Celebrates St Francis Day
Saturday, October 4, 2014
With the Blessing of the Pets
And support for the animal relief agencies in the
Flathead Valley and on the Blackfeet Reservation.
On Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Noon, All Saints’ Episcopal Church will conduct the Blessing of the Pets in honor of St. Francis Day. As well, to celebrate the memory of this beloved patron saint of the animals, the church will join in giving thanks for all of the animals brought to the blessing by pledging $10 for each animal to a fund to be divided by the Friends of the Flathead County Shelter, the Humane Society of Northwest Montana, the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force and Kaawa ‘pomaaka Society serving homeless dogs and cats on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
The Blessing of the Pets is an annual service at All Saints’ and welcomes people (and pets) of all denominations. All Saints also has a service for the burial of companion animals and praters will be offered at the Blessing of the Pets to remember these animal members of families. People wishing to honor their companion friends who have died, are welcome to bring the ashes of the pet, a toy, a picture of their beloved companion, or another article which reminds them of the pet for that portion of the service.
Each pet will receive a certificate, a St. Francis medal for his or her collar, and a treat.
All pets must be on leashes, in crates or kennels or otherwise restrained for their and other’s safety.
All Saints’ Church is located at 2048 Conn Road, half way between Whitefish and Columbia Falls, on Highway 40. For more information, please contact All Saints’ at 406-862-2863.