Pets and their people are invited to the annual Blessing of the Animals service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. It will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 21, on the church’s Jones Plaza and adjacent lawn. The worship service will feature music by St. Paul’s children’s choirs. The Houston Police Department’s mounted patrol, which has lead the processional since this service’s inception, has been invited again.
Each participant is asked to bring food for its species — pets are asked to bring pet food (cats for cats, dogs for dogs, etc.) for local animal rescue organizations, and humans are asked to bring food donations for the Emergency Aid Coalition. Representatives from animal rescue groups have been invited.
The service, led by Rev. Shelli Williams, will begin with a procession of the animals and end with an opportunity for each pet to receive an individual blessing. The Blessing of the Animals celebrates the important place that pets hold in the lives of our families. It reminds us of the wonder of God’s creation and our role as stewards of the earth and all of its creatures.
Those whose pets do not travel well or do not get along well with other animals may bring a photograph of their pet. All pets should be held or remain on leashes or in crates; stuffed animals are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
St. Paul’s is located at 5501 Main Street at Binz/Bissonnet, across from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Free parking is available across Fannin Street from the church, and the Museum District MetroRail stops are within walking distance of the church. Website: www.stpaulshouston.org.