All Creatures Great and Small in Wakefield Cathedral
Wakefield Cathedral will hold its first pet service this Sunday in a weekend of events to celebrate animals and the role they play in people’s lives to mark the Feast of St Francis of Assisi the patron saint of animals and the environment.
It is the first time the Cathedral has held a pet service – though Chapter does have a policy of allowing well behaved animals in to services– and last night the Sub Dean and Canon Pastor, the Revd Canon Tony Macpherson said he counted three dogs amongst the congregation.
He said: “We regularly have dogs and a rat turn up to services; so much so that Chapter created policy.
“And we are well aware of the role pets play in people’s lives and it seemed fitting to organise our first pet service as we remember St Francis of Assisi on October 4," he said.
Animals will feature largely over the weekend when the Cathedral hosts an All Creatures Great and Small event starting on Saturday in the nave with an animal safari where children and adults can get close to rabbits, a skunk, snake and tarantula at its Messy Cathedral event. The event which starts at 10 will include animal themed arts and crafts, lunch and worship from 11-1pm while the safari will be open from 10-4pm.
And on Sunday Oct 4 pets are welcome to be blessed at the pet service from 3.30pm to 4.30pm