Vancouver Church Hosts Pet Blessings This Weekend

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This weekend it might look like Noah’s Ark rather than a church in a Vancouver shrine, but there’s a good reason the animals congregate at St. John’s in Shaughnessy on Sunday.

There will be drive and walk-through options for the Anglican Church’s annual event, which sees animals of all kinds being blessed.

The church offers a “short outdoor prayer service followed by a pet blessing.”

It is requested that dogs be kept on a leash for the event and that other animals are kept in their transport cage.

Profits from the event will go to the Rescue of orphaned Vancouver kittens.

The act of blessing pets at the beginning of October is linked to the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi; he is the patron saint of animals.

“People really love their animals whether they are active or not, and to thank them, people understand it in their own way and there is something really beautiful about it,” Rev. John Stephens told the Vancouver Courier in 2016. “It’s something that’s been in the church for a long, long time, and it’s a fun way to connect animals with people. “

The blessings will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 3, and last one hour (ending at 4 p.m.). St. John’s Shaughnessy Anglican Church is located at 1490 Nanton Avenue on Granville Street.


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