|Blessings abound for man and beast|
|Written by News Desk|
|Wednesday, 23 October 2013 07:21|
Photo right: Pets wait, some more patiently than others, for Rev. Mark E. Waldo Jr. (white robe) to begin.
Photo: Brian Hodge
By BRIAN HODGE
The Blessing of the Animals service given at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church is typically regarded as a lovely, if not lively, event. Dozens of pet lovers gathered last Sunday afternoon to share stories about their pets.
The service is typically performed in Catholic churches as well as Anglican churches (such as St. Michael) on or about October 3. This dates coresponds to the accepted birthdate of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. St. Michael moves the service to the 3rd weekend to corespond with their Angel Fest celebration.
|Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 08:32|
Photo: Jordan Cox of Millbrook,vaccinating goats in rural Chongwe, Zambia.
By BRIAN HODGE
Zambia, like much of Eastern and Southern Africa, is dealing with an HIV/AIDS pandemic. While infection rates in Zambia are lower than the region at large and are on the decline, estimates are that 13-17% of the adult population is infected.
When Jordan Cox, a 22-year old nurse from Millbrook, got a chance to travel to Zambia and explore the possibility of healthcare and missionary work, it changed her life.Read more...
Former Elmore County representative Barry Mask resigned as CEO of the Alabama Realtors Association. The following was published this week by Inside Alabama Politics regarding Mask:
Black·face: the makeup used by a nonblack performer playing a black role. The role played is typically comedic or musical and usually is considered offensive.
It can also cause one to lose their job, just ask Barry Mask who resigned his position as CEO of the Alabama Realtors Association last week.Read more...
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