photos by Boyd Loving
by Boyd Loving
Ridgewood NJ, A Blessing of the Animals, honoring the life and ministry of St. Francis, was held on Saturday, October 14 at Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage Place, Ridgewood. It was a big success, with about 60 people and 40 animals who came to be blessed. Volunteers from Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Inc. (RBARI) brought several orphaned dogs who are up for adoption. Contributions of much-needed supplies as well as financial donations were given and gratefully accepted by RBARI. During the service, Father Thomas Matthews blessed each animal individually and gave a St. Francis medal to the owner. Afterwards, cider and donuts were enjoyed while people and animals visited and got to know one another.
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