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Blessing of the Animals

The sun shone brightly as animal lovers with their pets and friends gathered in the garden at the front of St Mary’s Catholic Church on 24th September. The event was the Blessing of the Animals, an annual event organized by the Combined Churches of Yarram.

Dogs of many shapes and sizes, cats, snails, a miniature goat were in attendance and all behaved very well.

Father Antony and Rev Tony led the service and representatives from each congregation took part in the prayers, readings and music.

Father Antony, who recently returned from his hometown in India, spoke of the significant part animals can play in our lives and our responsibility to nurture and care for them. A spectacular afternoon tea followed as all enjoyed chatting and sharing animal stories in the sunshine.

Photos below:

The elderly French bulldog receives a blessing.

Father Antony blesses Sue’s snails

Lily, the King Charles Cavalier receives a blessing.

Father Antony and Rev Tony with Max reading the prayers.