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Blessing of the Animals at Christ Episcopal Church, Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, On Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 10:00 AM, there will be a Blessing of the Animals celebrating the Feast of St. Francis at Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage Place in Ridgewood. Everyone is invited to bring their favorite pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, goldfish, stuffed animals . . .any beloved “creatures, great or small. A short service celebrating all animals will be followed by individual blessings of each animal. Some orphaned dogs and cats who are eligible for adoption from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland will also be present. Refreshments will be served. The service will be held inside the church, rain or shine.

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CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH “SECOND-CHANCE” BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

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Photo credit:  Boyd A. Lovin

CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH “SECOND-CHANCE” BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS 

Ridgewood NJ, Families and children of all ages were invited to a Blessing of the Animals celebration on Sunday October 12, 2014 at 3 PM, at Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage Place in Ridgewood.

Everyone was invited to bring their favorite pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, goldfish, stuffed animals . . . any beloved “creatures,” great or small. A short service celebrating all animals was followed by individual blessings of each animal. Refreshments were served.

Some orphaned dogs and cats who are eligible for adoption from the Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge in Oakland were also be present.

The service was held at the outside altar, which is by the entrance to the Nursery School on Franklin Avenue.  

Many churches hold Blessing of the Animals celebrations on the first Sunday in October, honoring St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, whose feast day is October 4. The Christ Church celebration on the 12th provides a second chance for anyone who missed the prior week.

Christ Episcopal Church is located at 105 Cottage Place, at the corner of Franklin Avenue, in Ridgewood, NJ.  For more information, call the church office at 201-652-2350 or visit the website at christchurchridgewood.org.

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Photo credit:  Boyd A. Loving