Blessing of animals set for Montague church on Sunday
MONTAGUE — The First Congregational Church of Montague will be offering a service of blessing and healing for animals on Sunday at noon outside the front of the church.
After brief words from several faith leaders, the menagerie of participants will have the opportunity to line up single file to be blessed by the clergy.
Seniors, families, singles and children are encouraged to bring their dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, fish, horses and other well-behaved pets. If your pet is unable to come to the event, you are welcome to bring a picture of the pet or pets you wish to have blessed, according to organizers.
There will also be a blessing, silence and vigil at the beginning of the service for pets who are involved with sport dog fighting and other inhumane, unethical treatment.
The religious leaders will talk or pray briefly on the interconnections among all living beings. This event is sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Montague in connection with St. Francis Day. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals in Christian theology.
Dakin Animal Shelter and Franklin County Sheriff’s Regional Adoption Center will both be on hand to answer questions about pet adoption and may have pets available for you to visit during the event. Dave’s Soda and Pet Food City will be giving away free samples of dog and cat food and other information for care of your pet.
For more information, call The First Congregational Church of Montague at 413-367-9467. The event will be held rain or shine.