Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi

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Welcome to the Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi

We Are A Ministry of Compassion and Peace

There will be NO service this Sunday, March 19th due to Woofstock at the Castine Center in Mandeville.  Other than this Sunday and each Sunday during Lent, we meet at the Landing at the end of Columbia St. or, if the weather is too cold or it's raining, we meet at the Covington Massage and Wellness Centre located at 503 N. Columbia St. in downtown Covington, Louisiana at 10am.We follow an order of service with Prayer, Scripture Reading, Meditative Sermon and Holy Communion.  We are ecumenical, non-denominational and welcome all faiths.  

  

 "Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words."                         St. Francis of Assisi                                      

 

 

 

The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi is independent, non-denominational, metaphysical, ecumenical Christian.  We follow the life of St. Francis of Assisi who patterned his living through the life of Jesus Christ.  We follow, as best as we can, a life of simplicity and prayer as Jesus taught us.  We are a ministry.  We do not ask for donations.  We support ourselves with salaries outside of the ministry.  Books, courses, celebrations such as weddings and funerals and talks that offer honorarium help pay for this ministry which includes on-site blessings and memorials, this website and a monthly newsletter.  The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi is a chartered church with the Congregational Church of Temecula, California and we are an incorporated non-profit with the State of Louisiana.  The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  

The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi is about animals, environment and us, the people.  Our animals teach us the key lessons for living life all for a scratch on the head and a bowl full of kibble.  Not a bad deal because sometimes theology has a wagging tail and a cold nose!
 

The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi provides a variety of services to our community as well as online.  Those services are

  • Weddings, Funerals/Memorials Services and Baptisms
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Pastoral Hypnosis
  • Pet Loss Grief Support held at our local "no-kill" shelter
  • Pets' Last Rites Services - an end of life ceremony
  • Memorial Services with Labyrinth Walks
  • Spiritual Support
  • Pet Blessings
  • Reiki
  • Prayers and Intercession for those who are sick, injured, dying and lonely
  • Visits to Pets Without People - compassionate visits to those in shelters

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 The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi Mission Statement:

In short, the Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi mission statement reads:

  • To celebrate life in all its forms  
  • To celebrate humankind's relationship with the animal kingdom  
  • To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives - from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
  • To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives

Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi's Belief

The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi believes that all animals have souls and go to Heaven.  The word animal comes from the Latin root that means soul. In 1990, Pope John Paul II declared in a public audience that "animals also possess a soul and go to heaven, and that men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren". We are taught by all faiths that we are to be caregivers of all Creation which includes species of animals, birds and fish as well as the environment and planet Earth. 

We know that animals have a moral sense, an appreciation of beauty, and awareness of themselves.  It is apparent that animals experience many ranges of emotions like humans do.  Our pets bring so much love, joy, beauty and meaning into our lives. God gave them to us to bless us with their companionship. We, in turn, are to take care of them for the balance of their lives.

The Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi Purpose
Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi is about helping people going through difficult times when their pet dies or has a terminal illness or goes missing. We are dedicated to sharing the biblical knowledge that animals possess a soul and go to heaven. It is also our desire to increase awareness of our animal rights to live in a safe environment with compassion, healthy food, clean water and a warm place to sleep.
 

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The link below is for a New Orleans newspaper article written on Pastor Bonnie and her work with pet grief - http://www.nola.com/community/st-tammany/index.ssf/2014/08/pet_grief_support_helps_those.html

This is a television news piece on our animals unconditional love for us - http://www.fox8live.com/story/28163293/fetchin-a-blessin

This is a television news piece on the 10-year Hurricane Katrina Memorial with Pastor Bonnie - http://www.wdsu.com/news/local-news/new-orleans/memorial-service-wreath-laying-ceremony-held-to-honor-animals-lost-during-katrina/34982528

This is an interview done at Heaven's Pets in New Orleans regarding the Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DynZpX73u-U

This is a studio interview for the program - Awesome Wildlife Effort - which airs on WLAE in New Orleans - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wve0-Quwf-8

Remember:  Wag More - Bark Less! 

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