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matcom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 06:24 AM
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Pets Receive Communion At Church (yes kiddies, cats & dogs)
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For the first time in 10 years, Mary Wilkinson went to church one Sunday in January. She sat in a back pew at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford, Conn., flipping through a prayer book and listening intently to the priest's sermon.

What drew Ms. Wilkinson back into the fold was a new monthly program the church introduced -- Holy Communion for pets. As part of the service, the 59-year-old retired portfolio manager carried her 17-year-old tiger cat to the altar, waited in line behind three panting dogs to receive the host and had a special benediction performed for her cat, Purr Box Jr. "I like that the other parishioners are animal people," Ms. Wilkinson says.

With pews hard to fill, a small number of otherwise-traditional clergy are welcoming animals into the flock. Some are creating pet-friendly worship services, while others have started making house calls for sick animals. Some are starting to accompany pet owners to the vet when they euthanize a beloved pet. Occasionally, clergy are even officiating at pet funerals and group "bark mitzvahs." Congregants at temple Beth Shir Sholom, in Santa Monica, Calif., have an animal prayer sung to the tune of "Sabbath Prayer," a song from "Fiddler on the Roof": "May our God protect and defend you. May God always shield you from fleas."

All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has doubled attendance at its Sunday evening service since it began last summer to invite pets once a month. It wanted to attract people who walked their dogs on the church grounds. "We call it evangelism," says Rector Sherod Mallow. "It's opening your doors to the different needs of the community."

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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 06:29 AM
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1. Appearantly, animals can recieve communion...
but g&l couples can't?
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 07:22 AM
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3. Who says they can't?

I'm a Catholic and there are gay and lesbian couples, and individuals, in our parish who receive Communion regularly. I don't know of any church that bans gays or lesbians from Communion. Do you know of one that does?
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ithacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 06:25 PM
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10. ummm, it's an EPISCOPAL church, not Catholic...
though it still is bizarre...
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Limbought Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 06:34 AM
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2. How cool .......
Kitty-cats, Doggies, Hamsters, Rabbits, Monkeys, Ferrets, you name it can get communion, but two people who love each other can't get married because they happen to be of the same sex.

Yippee! Damn the torpedoes & pass the Eucharist!
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Limbought Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 05:40 PM
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4. kick
:kick:
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 05:46 PM
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5. Heresy
I won't even let Ank give the cats and birds Christmas presents. My point:

"When Smokey can explain the finer points of the Trinity, then she gets a Christmas present".
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 05:47 PM
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6. Episcopal?!?! I'm calling my bishop
This is totally outside of doctrine.
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Cuban_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 05:50 PM
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7. We have a 'Blessing of the Animals' on St. Francis' feast day...
You bring your pet to church, and the priest sprinkles them with holy water and blesses them, BUT.... giving them Holy Communion is over the top.

:wtf:
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BlackVelvetElvis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 06:05 PM
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8. Check out the Britcom "Vicar of Dibley"
more specifically the episode "Animals". It touching, especially Hugo when he explains why animals should be blessed.
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Limbought Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-11-04 06:23 PM
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9. Wouldn't "Gravy Train" be cheaper in the long run?
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