25th annual “Blessing of the Pets” on Sept. 30 to feature Pet Fair

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Zionsville’s 25th annual “Blessing of the Pets” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012 in Zionsville.

Make it an “all pet” day:  Zionsville’s annual Pet Parade is earlier the same day.

As is customary, St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church is hosting the interfaith event at its church, located at 1525 Mulberry Street in Zionsville.  Other active sponsors are Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding, Christ Lutheran Church of Zionsville, and Zionsville Country Kennel.

Who #1: All pets and pet owners are invited to take part, along with interested observers

Who #2: Services officiated by Father C. Davies Reed of Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church and Pastor Steve Albertin of Christ Lutheran Church

What:A two-part event: a fun-filled Pet Fair followed by a service to bless God’s creatures and celebrate their importance in our lives

When:Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012

Where:1525 Mulberry Street, Zionsville, Indiana 46077

Phone:317.873.4377

Websites: www.stfranciszville.org

www.morningdovetrc.org

www.zionsvillekennel.com

www.zionsvillelutheran.org

Why: To celebrate the gift of human-animal companionship and to have some Fall fun!

How:  Just show up with your pet restrained on a leash, in a cage, wagon, or in your arms

What Time: 4:00 pm general activities; 5:15 pm processional and interfaith ecumenical blessing service and Holy Eucharist

Cost: Free!

All pets and their owners are invited to take part in the processional and blessing service, to begin at 5:15 p.m.

All varieties of pets are welcome.  Dogs, cats, goats, chickens, horses, birds, hamsters, goldfish, you name it.  Father Davies says the Blessing event is truly about ‘all creatures great and small.’  “I’ve blessed a snake, an iguana, and guinea pigs,” he recalls.  “I have even blessed a spider.”

And if your pet has gone to Pet Heaven, bring a photo; we will be offering prayers for pets we have known.

Our Pet Fair will kick off at 4:00 pm.  Family-friendly events include:

  • Frisbee dog demonstration
  • Pet Massage demo
  • Meditation with Your Pet:  walk your dog through our Labyrinth.  Learn what alabyrinth is and how to enjoy it
  • Snacks for pets
  • Snacks for people
  • Certificates of Blessing will be available
  •  “Paw Art”:  your pet’s chance to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake!

Bring friends and cameras.  Come prepared for a fun experience that will touch your heart as well.  Rain or shine!

Presented as a gift to the community by St. Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding, Zionsville Country Kennel and Christ Lutheran Church.

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