Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals is an annual event at LifeSpring Church. Animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome. The ceremony is very unique and everyone leaves knowing that something very special just happened. Take a look at these pictures and plan to join us next October for another Blessing of the Animals.

Blessing of the Animals
As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice something odd.
A procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.
This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.
Francis, whose feast day is October 4th, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.
Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” And there was testimony in the cause for St. Clare of Assisi’s canonization that referred to her little cat!
For single householders, a pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find a furry friend overjoyed at their return. Many a senior has a lap filled with a purring fellow creature.
The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship, because the communication between fellow creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love.
No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to church for a special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated.
by Kevin E. Mackin, O.F.M

Helping Hands Outreach

The Helping Hands ministry went out to Polk St and Marion January 25th. They set up a table full of coats and blankets that you donated. The homeless and needy people were so glad to see them.
This ministry is such a blessing and we are so glad they are a part of LifeSpring Church.
Make plans to join them on their next outing on Feb 22nd.
Check out their page for some more news and pictures.

Fellowship Lunch

It was Pasta Sunday at LifeSpring!
I just had to post these amazing spaghetti and meatball cupcakes creatively made by Amanda!