Do not go overboard with celebrations

I read with great amusement your article concerning the blessing of pets in the Church of Risen Christ, Ayer Itam in Penang. On October 1, being the Sunday closest to the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, the parishioners attended Mass together with their pets, dogs, cats, tortoises, turtles, parrots, fish, sugar gliders and even a snake to be blessed by the priest.

Oct 27, 2017

Dear Editor,
I read with great amusement your article concerning the blessing of pets in the Church of Risen Christ, Ayer Itam in Penang. On October 1, being the Sunday closest to the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, the parishioners attended Mass together with their pets, dogs, cats, tortoises, turtles, parrots, fish, sugar gliders and even a snake to be blessed by the priest.

The parishioners had come together with their pets in honour of this great Saint and, at the same time, to express their gratitude and thanksgiving to God.

Don’t you think that bringing a snake to Church to be blessed was a bit absurd? What will they bring next? Maybe a cow, a buffalo, a monkey or even chickens. Please don’t go ‘overboard’ when bringing pets to church to be blessed on this Feastday.

I recall some years back in my parish during the Chinese New Year celebration, the president of one society tried to bring in the ‘lion dance’ to perform inside the church. However, his plan failed as the lion dancers came late and thus were unable to perform inside the church. They performed outside the church only for a few minutes.

Had they performed inside the church, the president should be prepared to receive severe criticism and ‘backlash’ from the parishioners.

Peter Wong Batu Gajah,
Perak

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