Rover, of course, needs his run in the park. But what about his spiritual needs?
All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale wants to meet those needs — and those of his owner.
The church just started monthly services for pets and their loved ones, even providing doggie treats for Rover at communion time.
Don’t worry about an accident during a hymn or prayer. The church keeps a mop and bucket handy.
”There’s nothing that can ruin the service,” says church staffer Char Vinik, whose family plays guitars during the 6 p.m. contemporary pet service on the third Sunday of the month.
Consider it a way to entice people to church who otherwise might not go. Many people feel guilty about leaving their pets home on the weekend after being away at work Monday through Friday, says the Rev. Roger Allee, associate priest at All Saints. So the church lets people once a month bring their entire ”family,” Rover included.
Has the Episcopalian Church been invaded by National Lampoon sleeper cells, where people skilled in parody joined this church years ago and are now coming out. First the issue was same sex marriages, will the next hot issue be same breed marriages?
In Catholic theology we describe the appearance of the bread and wine after consecration using the philosophical term accidents. In the case of this Episcopalian church an accident related to communion requires a bucket and mop. In Graham Greene’s novel “Travels with my Aunt”, one of the characters had set up a storefront church ministering to dogs where baptisms were performed and sermons preached to the dogs.
The white dog in the photo might be wearing a bandanna stole and I hope he is not the German Shepherd of this church. I can imagine the doggy sunday school that might occur at this church.
Fido what is the name of the vessel that Noah used for all of the animals.
Good job Fido, now when Jesus told the Centurion that he would come to help his servant, the Centurion answered him, Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my what?
Excellent, I see that you have been reading your “chasing after cats-echism.” and that you well know your dog-ma.