Church picnic — with blessing of the animals

Following the 10:15 am service, St. Paul’s will host its parish picnic in the corner park next to the church parking lot.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChildren of all ages, the young at heart, and all who enjoy good food and fellowship, are invited to this inter-generational event. We’ll enjoy the beauty of nature and the outdoors. We’ll grill burgers and ‘dawgs’ and serving beverages provided by St. Paul’s. Those attending are welcome to bring a side dish (e.g., salad, dessert, chips, etc.). Tables and chairs will be set up for dining comfort, or you may bring a blanket and picnic in the park.

Since it’s long been a tradition across Episcopal congregations and communities to include the Blessing of Animals as part of the celebration of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, we will celebrate the Blessing of Animals just before the picnic. The service will take place in the our park and be followed by the parish picnic.

Since not everyone has pets, everyone is invited to bring those objects which reflect the presence of God in their life. This might be a picture or icon, an object or souvenir from a trip or retreat, or anything from your spiritual practice and journey which brings solace, com- fort and serves as a sign of God’s abiding presence. Children are most welcomed to bring stuffed animals. These objects will be displayed and blessed during the liturgy at both 8:00 and 10:15 am. that day.

Scene from the blessing of the animals 2017.

Scene from the blessing of the animals 2017.

In the event of rain, we’ll move the party indoors. Please sign up for the event at the information kiosk inside the main hallway or call the church office to have your name placed on the list. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Theresa Castor by phone at 262-705-3097 or at