January 8, 2017
Sure hope this is the correct forum. If not, please move. Thank you for your help.
These two “events” are real, and I already handled each of them. My saintly Pastor has already told me that I handled it extremely well, gave exactly the teachings of the Church, and did it all very lovingly. Not a thing more that I may do; other than putting it here to try to bring it to the forefront.
The person loves dog A and dog B.
Dog A is always taken to Mass and the Priest knows it. Dog A dies and the owner requests a Mass said for it – to same Priest. Owner is hurt when others at that parish laughed at the idea.
Dog B, gotten after dog A died, is also taken to Mass and this dog is given Communion. Enough said.
Animals in the USA are named with human/people names, e.g., Lucy, John, etc. How could a parish Secretary know if the “decedent” is a person or an animal when taking the information for a Mass? Male and female, surname, Catholic or not could “apply”, in the owner’s mind, to the animal. Yes, I do know that no prayer is ever “wasted” if a Mass, unbeknownst to the Priest, is actually said for an animal,
How would you, Priest or not, deal with the above?
Sacred Host, Bread of angels, given to animals, Have mercy on us.
**Let Nothing Disturb You
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Obtains all things,
Whoever has God
God alone suffices.
Santa Teresa de Jesús `
(Santa Teresa de Ávila