St Paul’s Church in Mountmellick saw some rather unusual visitors at a special service today (Sunday, 10 September). The occasion was a ‘Blessing of Animals’ service. It was led by Bishop Pat Storey, who is visiting the Mountmellick Group this week, and the rector, Revd Tim Irvine.
Pets can be a very important and valued part of our lives. The service was an opportunity to acknowledge this and to give thanks to God for animals. Dogs, cats, hamsters, tortoises and even a chicken were brought along for what was a very happy event and a memorable service. Even Rudi, the bishop’s dog, was part of the well filled church.
There were some ‘interesting’ moments as animals were brought up to the front of the church – with dogs and cats not always necessarily seeing eye to eye!
Mountmellick Group of Parishes is situated between the Slieve Bloom Mountains and Emo Park Domain. As well as Mountmellick the group of parishes takes in the villages of Emo, Rosenallis and Clonaslee. There are 3 churches in the Group.
You can find out more about Mountmellick Group of parishes by visiting www.mountmellickgroupofparishes.ie/