Pets enjoy their own church service

A blessing of the pets brought an unusual congregation to St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Wendouree.

BLESSED: Michelle Donaldson, 16, smiles at Harvey who attended St Matthews Anglican Church Wendouree for the blessing of the animals. Pictures: Kate Healy

BLESSED: Michelle Donaldson, 16, smiles at Harvey who attended St Matthews Anglican Church Wendouree for the blessing of the animals. Pictures: Kate Healy

In honour of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, the church held a special blessing of the animals ceremony.

Dogs of all sizes and personalities, and a few rabbits, attended the Wendouree church where Fr Constantine Osuchukwu individually blessed each animal and owner.

WATCHING: Princess Bob kept an eye on Fr Constantine Osuchukwu as he celebrated the service for St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

WATCHING: Princess Bob kept an eye on Fr Constantine Osuchukwu as he celebrated the service for St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

“We celebrate St Francis who spoke about the interconnectedness that we have with animals and nature and that we miss when we are too busy,” he said.

Fr Osuchukwu reminded the congregation, both four-footed and bipedal, that we need to remember our own place in nature.

“There are environmental and ecological challenges in our time with climate change and we have a responsibility to care for and look after not just our pets but all of nature,” he said.

The animals present were mostly well behaved.