Sherman church offers blessings for pets

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) A local church held a pet blessing at the court house Saturday, all to honor the patron saint of animals.

Father Evans is the Rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Sherman.

Saturday, he was at the Sherman courthouse blessing pets in the community.

"Shield and watch over these animals with thy mercy and heavenly care."

He tells us they do this every year in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals.

"In honor of him its a tradition to bless any animals, particularly pets."

"An animal lover is just an animal lover, I guess that's how we relate to St. Francis because he was too," said Kay Hughes.

She and her 11-year-old dog Bernie are members of the church and say they haven't missed a blessing for the past 4 years.

"Anytime they have a pet blessing, Bernie and I are game, we're ready to come. He's getting kind of old and he needs all the blessings he can get."

Although dogs and cats are his most common blessings, Saturday's was a little different.

It was Fr. Evans' first time blessing goats and he says its important to remember all animals are a part of Gods creation.

So he says during the blessing, he asks God to look over our furry friends.

"We bless the animals and ask for Gods blessing on them, to grant them health, for their companionship for us."

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