Blessing of animals planned

Blessing of animals planned
Final arrangements are in the making for a Blessing of the Animals event following the Dakota Days Parade on Saturday, Oct. 13.

First United Methodist Church in Vermillion will host the event

The Rev. Brook McBride is working on the specifics of the individual blessings to be given to all animals brought to the church that day. He will be asking another pastor in our community to help administer the blessings so that time and attention may be provided to every animal in attendance. There will be a breakfast offered at the church until 1 p.m. People are invited to stop by to have a bite to eat before the blessing. Rev. McBride is very excited to be able to minister in this way. An idea being considered for the event is to have a reading of some sort – a poem, a story, a prayer – that would give special attention to the life and spirit of animals. Individuals who believe they have something that would be appropriate for a reading may forward it to Julie Hammontree at

Volunteers are also needed to help photograph and videotape the event, as well as attend to the animals, particulary those pets who are part of a multi-animal household (as the pet-owner can only attend to one animal at a time).

People for Pets is hosting this hour-long community event. The organization hopes people will make sure pet owners know about the blessing, particularly those who live outside of Vermillion who will be visiting the community for Dakota Days. It is hoped they will consider bringing along their family pets to take part in this service.

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