Trifecta Kennels, Gilberts Road, Kresgeville is hosting a service for the Blessing of the Animals, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
The service is open to the entire community, to members of all faith traditions. All are invited to bring their pets and other animals to the service. Animals should be leashed or contained in carriers or trailers to protect them and others. Children should be accompanied by an adult and all are asked to bring lawn chairs for seating.
In addition to the Service of the Blessing, there will be an opportunity to have a photograph taken of each owner and their animal or animals. There will be a cost for photographs, with proceeds to benefit the Zeke Fund, a canine cancer research fund related to the Golden Retriever Foundation.
Lisa Kane and Grace Mondrosch, co owners of Trifecta, are excited to offer this unique service to the community. The service will be led by the Rev. Michael Frost, a long time resident of Monroe County and former pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Effort. The Rev. Frost has been conducting Blessings of the Animals services for the past few years at his present church, Zion's Stone Church of West Penn Township, Schuylkill County.
The Rev. Frost said that he is hoping for a great turnout of not just dogs and cats, but all kinds of animals, the more exotic the better.
There has been a long-standing tradition in the wider Christian Church of holding special services for the blessings of pets and other animals in conjunction with the Festival Day of St. Francis of Assisi, which falls on Oct. 4.
Traditionally, Blessing of the Animal services were held by agricultural communities seeking to recognize the role animals play as pets, as helpmates with labor, and, also for the food they provide.