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Jo Firey
August 18th 03, 05:42 PM
A cat that attends church? At Sunday's 10:00 a.m. service at Mission
Hills
United Methodist Church, in pranced a handsome gray and white long-haired
cat. It cruised the aisles, licked its fur, and curled up in a pew right
next to
parishioner Larry Granfield for a cat nap - right in the middle of the Rev.
Craig
Dorval's sermon.

Churchgoers welcomed back "Bootsy Guzinski," who had been missed the last
couple of months and was now a skinnier version of his former self, causing
church secretary Judy Mefford to wonder if he might have hopped aboard
moving
van loading up across the street at the time he disappeared.

Bootsy' real home is down the block with Vivian Guzinski. But he started
frequenting the church after his "dad," Arthur Guzinski, passed away in
1996.

Ever since, Bootsy, a rescued pound cat, has been as faithful as they
come --
attending Sunday devotions, joining in the two weekly AA meetings in the
church's basement, going to exercise classes, Christmas programs, weddings,
keeping Mefford company in her church office, even attending garden club
sessions. During one, Boosy leaped through a half-open window mid-meeting
and proudly presented his human friends with a mouse.......
a church mouse, no doubt.


--
Jo Firey

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take
our breath away."

EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)
August 18th 03, 06:27 PM
Jo Firey wrote:
>
> A cat that attends church? At Sunday's 10:00 a.m. service at Mission
> Hills
> United Methodist Church,

St. George's Episcopal in La Canada, CA used to have a cat who attended
services regularly, too! (I can't call him a "regular communicant",
since I never saw him partake, but he did seem to favor the kneeling
cushions at the altar-rail for naps.)

Cathi
August 18th 03, 06:28 PM
In message >, Jo Firey
> writes
>A cat that attends church?

Canterbury Cathedral used to have a ginger tom cat which treated the
Cathedral as its own, and apparently was known to wander the length of
the aisle following whoever was leading a procession at the time - even
the Archbishop. The Cathedral Shop used to sell (may even still do)
stuffed toy ginger cats with a label on them explaining the story.

My boss' cat hasn't quite reached such a lofty station as yet, but has
been known to attend Evensong.

--
Cathi

wafflyDIRTYcatLITTERhcsBOX
August 18th 03, 06:45 PM
>A cat that attends church?

It's not that unusual for rural parishes over here in Old Blighty to sometimes
have a service where people can bring their animals & local god rep will bless
them (the animals) :-)

Cheers, helen s

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Tanada
August 18th 03, 07:03 PM
Marina wrote:
>
>
> LOL! A cat who attends AA meetings! Maybe that would be something for Pam's
> Berfert?
>
>

Berfert seems to have created his own chapter of AA. Tanada, however,
re-discovered the joys of bleach. We used some to take some stains off
one of the kitchen counter Sunday, and she got totally high off of it.
Do you think there's a chapter of BA (Bleacher's Anonymouse)

Pam S.

bewtifulfreak
August 18th 03, 07:21 PM
wafflyDIRTYcatLITTERhcsBOX wrote:
>> A cat that attends church?
>
> It's not that unusual for rural parishes over here in Old Blighty to
> sometimes have a service where people can bring their animals & local
> god rep will bless them (the animals) :-)

Don't know how many of you have seen it, since it's an English sitcom, but
that reminds me of an episode of "The Vicar of Dibley" where she decided to
allow animals into church for the Sunday service (I forget what exactly
inspired this), and the powers that be were all upset and said she'd make a
laughing stock of them (there were tabloid stories and everything), but it
turned out really successful; everyone and their dog (LOL) attended, and it
all turned out well in the end. It was quite funny. :)

Ann

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Seanette Blaylock
August 18th 03, 07:49 PM
(wafflyDIRTYcatLITTERhcsBOX) had some very
interesting things to say about Re: OTP: Holy cow, er, cat:

>>A cat that attends church?
>It's not that unusual for rural parishes over here in Old Blighty to sometimes
>have a service where people can bring their animals & local god rep will bless
>them (the animals) :-)

The old Catholic mission in Santa Barbara [still in active use as a
church, AFAIK] has such a service annually.

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(or unless your life insurance policy is up-to-date)." - John, RCFL

polonca12000
August 18th 03, 10:39 PM
What a great story! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Best wishes,
--
Polonca & Soncek

"Jo Firey" > wrote in message
...
> A cat that attends church? At Sunday's 10:00 a.m. service at Mission
> Hills
> United Methodist Church, in pranced a handsome gray and white long-haired
> cat. <snip>

Lisa Katt
August 18th 03, 11:22 PM
Hugo Katt is a church cat. Or rather a church yard cat. He is not supposed
to enter the church, but it happens sometimes. He has been known to attend
funerals. At least he is appropriately dressed - all black fur and silver
(reflecting) collar.

His job is to hunt rabbits and mice in the church yard. He inherited the job
from his mother who was church yard cat before him. He loves his job and is
very good at it.

Our church was built in 1200-something - so long ago that there are no exact
records.

Elisabet
__________________________________________________ ___________________
Happy to share my house and my life with Hugo Katt, the black church yard
cat http://jump.to/hugokatt


Jo Firey skrev i meddelandet ...
>A cat that attends church? At Sunday's 10:00 a.m. service at Mission
>Hills
> United Methodist Church, in pranced a handsome gray and white long-haired
> cat. It cruised the aisles, licked its fur, and curled up in a pew right
>next to
> parishioner Larry Granfield for a cat nap - right in the middle of the
Rev.
>Craig
> Dorval's sermon.
>
<snip>

Yoj
August 19th 03, 12:46 AM
"Jo Firey" > wrote in message
...
> A cat that attends church? At Sunday's 10:00 a.m. service at Mission
> Hills
> United Methodist Church, in pranced a handsome gray and white
long-haired
> cat. It cruised the aisles, licked its fur, and curled up in a pew
right
> next to
> parishioner Larry Granfield for a cat nap - right in the middle of
the Rev.
> Craig
> Dorval's sermon.
>
> Churchgoers welcomed back "Bootsy Guzinski," who had been missed the
last
> couple of months and was now a skinnier version of his former self,
causing
> church secretary Judy Mefford to wonder if he might have hopped
aboard
> moving
> van loading up across the street at the time he disappeared.
>
> Bootsy' real home is down the block with Vivian Guzinski. But he
started
> frequenting the church after his "dad," Arthur Guzinski, passed away
in
> 1996.
>
> Ever since, Bootsy, a rescued pound cat, has been as faithful as
they
> come --
> attending Sunday devotions, joining in the two weekly AA meetings in
the
> church's basement, going to exercise classes, Christmas programs,
weddings,
> keeping Mefford company in her church office, even attending garden
club
> sessions. During one, Boosy leaped through a half-open window
mid-meeting
> and proudly presented his human friends with a mouse.......
> a church mouse, no doubt.
>
>
> --
> Jo Firey
>
> "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the
moments that take
> our breath away."

My church used to have a cat who showed up for the coffee hour after
Sunday morning services. He liked attention, and especially liked being
picked up, although he drooled copiously when he was held for any length
of time. He'd get shut up in the church every once in a while, but he
didn't seem upset, and managed to "hold it" until someone showed up the
next day and let him out. His name was Leo, and his people lived
nearby. Eventually he stopped turning up, and we never knew what
happened to him.

Fast forward several years. Our church merged with another church about
10 miles away. We began having our services at the other church, and
during-the-week meetings at our old church. There was a cat that would
show up at the other church. If it was warm, and the doors were open,
he would often come in for the services. His favorite place to nap was
the choir loft, but he would occasionally favor a parishioner for a
while.

Joy

Yoj
August 19th 03, 12:48 AM
"wafflyDIRTYcatLITTERhcsBOX" > wrote in
message ...
> >A cat that attends church?
>
> It's not that unusual for rural parishes over here in Old Blighty to
sometimes
> have a service where people can bring their animals & local god rep
will bless
> them (the animals) :-)
>
> Cheers, helen s
>
> ~~~~~~~~~~

One of our members has a tiny dog, no bigger than an average cat, which
she brings to services.

Joy

LOL
August 19th 03, 03:56 AM
"bewtifulfreak" > wrote in message >...

> Don't know how many of you have seen it, since it's an English sitcom, but
> that reminds me of an episode of "The Vicar of Dibley" where she decided to
> allow animals into church for the Sunday service (I forget what exactly
> inspired this), and the powers that be were all upset and said she'd make a
> laughing stock of them (there were tabloid stories and everything), but it
> turned out really successful; everyone and their dog (LOL) attended, and it
> all turned out well in the end. It was quite funny. :)
>
> Ann


Oooh, I looove that show! That's a great episode - I wish my local
church would do that. :-)

------
Krista
Who also wishes there were more episodes of "The Vicar of Dibley"