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Joanna Depue "DJ/Deacon J" writes original songs and liturgies, does daily Farm office work and records Barbara's eMos on The Geranium Farm. A singer and dog trainer she utilizes healing touch in her private massage practice. PLEASE share YOUR original ideas for worship, special liturgies, prayers, songs, sermons and noteworthy blogs right here.
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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Cats and Dogs...... and Church

My dear friend C came up with these two portraits. One is of Ms. Isabella Maria Luisa Theresa Fifi Bella Vita La Rue..... OK, Bella. Because C has visited twice recently, Ms. Bella has been staying with Gail who, despite declaring to hate cats, has become fond of this independent spirit in a furry coat.

And this is of my ever-faithful companion, Miss Emily Louise. Here is a hint of spot on her nose, the last visible vestage of having had another run-in with one of the neighborhood skunks..... and that is another story for perhaps tomorrow.

As St. Francis of Assisi day has just past, the idea of animals in church is still fresh in my mind.... and I'm wondering if any of the parishes you belong to out there are welcoming of non behavior challenged pets. Drop me a line here at or feel free to attach a note to the blog entry. Remember (if you don't mind) to put your name, parish and town (state/province/country). It would be wonderful to hear of your tails (oooopppps!) tales. Do any of your members bring service animals with them to liturgies? How does that work out? For or against, how do you feel about the presence of animals - on a frequent basis - to worship services at church? Let's have a bit of and exchange on the issue.

Looking forward to hearing from you-all. Fondly, DJ
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see you put the important one first....yes, that would be the cat, me, Bella, Queen of all I survey.
And one small correction. The name is Isabella Vita Maria Theresa Smith. Yes, I have other names, some endearing, some human taglines. I do often go by Fifi Larue, but that is when I am feeling haughty and French, and superior (as we all know cats truly are).
The thing I don't understand is why humans have the illusion that God made them superior to all other creatures....when it is so obviously not true.
Just look at who goes off to work each day, and who is home stretched out on the comfy down sofa....hmmmmm?

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday morning we had Blessing of the animals at St. John's Episcopal Church. Representatives of the Humane Society were ther and most of the pets, including my cat, Priscilla, Princess of Bainbridge were rescued animals. My friend and fellow Chruch memeber put it on her blog at:

Cheers. Naomi C.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Where fibers meet mud said...

We had blessing of the animals on the lawn outside of Good Samaritan Church, Clermont County, Ohio on Sunday October 1. We had a pony, mule, several cats, several dogs, guinea pigs, reptiles and several new people stop in for the service. One of the dogs that came with his people was a therapy dog named "Blue". His final walk through the church service was while wearing a halo. I will remember that site for a long long time. Fran, Union Township, Ohio

12:02 AM  

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