St. Bedes Offering Blessings For Pets
[Cleveland American, September 20, 2017]
Do you think of your much loved pets as part of your family?
If so, bring them to St. Bede's church Sunday morning, Oct. 1 for an after service blessing by the Rev. John Borrego, supply priest. Pets of non-members will be blessed alongside those of members.
The church will be joining a worldwide group of Episcopal churches in their commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi Day. The 13th century priest, son of a wealthy cloth merchant, answered a call to a life of poverty while serving the poor and all creation. His lifestyle attracted others and resulted in the founding of the Order of the Friars Minor, better known as the Franciscans. The Episcopal Church took up the observance for St. Francis as the Blessing of the Animals Day on the Sunday falling nearest his birthday.
More dogs than any other animal have been brought for the Blessing of the Animals observance but pets are not restricted as to type. (Maybe cats figure they are already blessed and are in charge). One member of St. Bede's was wavering last Sunday on whether to bring her gray parrot. On a former St. Francis Day observance member Libbye Brooks brought her docile giant-size Labrador, Ruth, who thought she was a lap dog and stretched out to cover both the laps of Libbye and her late husband, Ken, in a pew.
Some churches (but none in this area) have reported giving blessing to elephants, giraffes, snakes and bowls of goldfish. If any large animal is brought be prepared for the blessing to take place on the outside of the church. And be sure to have any animal brought under control.
St. Bede's is located at 6960 Old Keystone Road. From Cleveland, head south on US412 to the Westport exit, cross the overpass to the Sheriff's substation, then follow old US 64 around the curve to the church (about 1/2 mile.) Welcome!
Welcome to St Bede’s Episcopal Church, a small, friendly,
welcoming congregation located near Westport, Oklahoma.
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accepting all as we live out Christ’s message of love and
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6960 W. Old Keystone Road
Cleveland, Oklahoma 74020
1/2 Mile North of Hwy 64
Sunday Service 10:00 AM
Followed by Fellowship
in Parish Hall
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near Keystone Lake wants
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