Blessing of the Animals
Saturday, December 10th, 2016
The 5th Annual Blessing of the Animals will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the church. The service will be coordinated through the Board of Deacons with the kōkua of Cindee Burkitt and Ellen Caringer.
Churches celebrate the blessing of animals in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. The Feast Day of St. Francis is usually held on the first Sunday of October. Our annual celebration is held in December. In addition to readings and prayers, a blessing is offered for the animals.
Arrangements for the day will take into account the needs of the various animals that may include dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits and others. Dogs must be leashed at all times and cats and other animals must be safely contained.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Saturday, December 24th, 2016
The annual outdoor Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on Saturday, December 24, 2016 beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the church. Members and friends who are planning to attend are invited to bring a single stem flower or lei for the two outdoor floral Christmas trees.
Seating will be provided for 800. More information will be included in the November-December issue of this newsletter and journal.