Church goes to dogs

It was dog day at St George’s Church Gate Pa today for the animal blessing commemorating the saint day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, merchants and stowaways.

Bill, the deerhound in church. Picture: Daniel Hines.

The one day of the year where animals are invited into church for their blessing, it was the dogs that took advantage at St George’s. Big ones like Bill the Scottish deer hound, and all the colours and shapes down to the small furry toys, but not a cat or a budgie in sight.

The reverend John Hebenton says St Francis has been adopted by most churches. The animal blessing is a reminder that: 

“The world in the means by which we love God  and God loves us, so we can treat it like that, particularly our animals.”

The day was organised in conjunction with the Tauranga SPCA.




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1 Comment

It was a woofing good time

Posted on 15-10-2012 12:19 | By Mareeb

A quick thanks to St Georges for once again allowing our animals into their Church. They were all perfectly behaved and not a puddle in sight! It was a wonderful occasion and I hope that everyone that came this year comes again next year and brings along a friend with their pet ! Thanks you John and all your parishners for opening your Church to our animals. Maree

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