Dog Day at cathedral

Reflection of God’s unconditional love
From L.A. Downtown News

From L.A. Downtown News

The following comes from a July 17 story in The Angelus, the news website for the L.A. archdiocese.

Franciscan Sister Christine Bowman was handing out two types of medals to dog owners at Dog Day Afternoon July 9 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

“They are getting St. Francis of Assisi, of course, but they are also getting St. Anthony,” said the director of cathedral relations. “Because we know how easy it is for some dogs to get lost.”

Luckily, there were no lost dogs at this year’s “sniff and mingle” annual event that drew about 1,000 dogs and 1,300 owners, most who live in downtown Los Angeles. Guests on two and four legs were invited to hang out on the Cathedral Plaza on this warm summer evening for visiting, music and a light meal (Dodger dogs were on the menu as well as doggie treat samples.

Hosted by the Cathedral and the Downtown Center Business Improvement District, the event has become a beloved date for many downtown residents. “I have been to almost all of them and I look forward to this every year,” said Cathedral parishioner Jean Gonsoulin who brought her dog Cowboy. “I am Catholic and I love that the Cathedral does this. The courtyard comes alive!”

Many dogs — and some owners — were dressed up in costumes, including a “Flying Nun” pomeranian (a la Sally Field), a tuxedo-clad terrier, and a sunglasses-wearing chihuahua “driving” a car.

Elsewhere, a big Irish wolfhound towered over a dwarf chihuahua, bassett hounds rolled in the grassy shade, and bulldogs snorted and panted in and out of their owner’s legs.

“We have two-and-a-half acres of plaza and tonight we are sharing it with our canine companions that give us so much,” explained Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, Cathedral pastor, who was introducing his dog Joaquin to the crowds. Msgr. Kostelnik credits Hal Bastian of the business improvement district (and his dog Scooter) as partners in creating the canine-centric event.

“That first year we probably had 50 dogs,” he said. “Now look at it. We like to say that ‘dogs of all faiths’ are welcomed here, but we also mean their owners, too. We are a cathedral of the people.”

Among the adoption booths and vendor and resource tables, the Cathedral was represented by Sister Bowman who, in addition to handing out saint medals and blessing dogs and people, also reached out to the community to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. “We have been signing folks up to be parishioners,” she said.

This was Sister Bowman’s second Dog Day Afternoon. “Seeing all the different shapes and sizes and kinds of dogs reminds us of how unique each of us is to God,” she said as poodles, dachshunds and mixed breeds frolicked nearby.

“Dogs also are a reflection of God’s unconditional love for us,” she added. “We have a lot to learn from them.”

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  1. Is “Dog Day Afternoon” the best activity a Franciscan nun could do at the Cathedral? This sort of outreach is sweet, but did it inspire anyone present to lead a holier life, return to the Church or support the CCC?

    • Catherine says:

      Canine-centric? NO WONDER MANY HAVE FLED! Saints Preserve Us!. There is so much work to be done! As the Canine-Centric Church is going …THE WORLD IS ALSO GOING…. AND TO THE DOGS!. “.But at least they are having fun fellowship to educate and teach about the importance of accepting the diversity of the different types of dogs”, many will say.

      What happened to being Christ centered as in the example of that story of the little humble mule who was not in the least bit as stubborn as some extremely prideful men who still refuse to let Catholics kneel down at an altar rail to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion? Canine-centric? = Remove the altar rails but BRING IN the circus of diverse dogs.

      Romans 14:11 Douay-Rheims
      For it is written: As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

      continued

      • Catherine says:

        continued from July 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm

        “There was a prideful man named Bononillo who did not believe that the Eucharist is Jesus. He mocked the people who believed that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

        One day, St. Anthony challenged the man, saying, “If the mule you often ride were to adore the true Body of Christ under the appearance of bread, would you believe in the truth of the Lord’s Sacrament?” Bononillo said “Yes.” So, they made a bet. In a few days they would place both the Blessed Sacrament and a pile of hay in front of the mule, to see what he would do.

        Bononillo told everyone about the event. Because he wanted to make sure to prove that he was right and St. Anthony was wrong, he didn’t give the donkey any food for two days before the test. Of course, he thought, the mule will be so hungry that he will not even look at the Eucharist, but run straight to his food.

        On the day of the test Bononillo led the donkey toward where St. Anthony was standing with the Blessed Sacrament, in front of a great crowd. When they were a few steps away from the Holy Eucharist, Bononillo placed a bag of hay under the mule’s nose, but the mule turned his head.

        The mule walked over to St. Anthony, and when he was close, bent his front legs as if to kneel in Adoration! Even Bononillo saw that the Sacred Host is really Jesus—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity—and believed in Him.”

        • Catherine says:

          continued July 22, 2014 at 11:34 pm

          Once again,

          “On the day of the test Bononillo led the donkey toward where St. Anthony was standing with the Blessed Sacrament, in front of a great crowd. When they were a few steps away from the Holy Eucharist, Bononillo placed a bag of hay under the mule’s nose, but the mule turned his head.

          The mule walked over to St. Anthony, and when he was close, bent his front legs as if to kneel in Adoration! Even Bononillo saw that the Sacred Host is really Jesus—Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity—and believed in Him.”

    • Canisius says:

      Agreed Sarah, I have two dogs that I love dearly but your point is spot on, but this an unfortunate state of affairs in the Church today.

    • SandraD says:

      Good Question.

  2. Clinton R. says:

    When again does the FSSP set up shop here in the LA archdiocese? Won’t be soon enough, we need real Catholicism, not this warm and fuzzy nonsense. Too many fail to realize the spiritual war we are in. And our brethren in Iraq and the Middle East are been driven out by the Mohammedans. And here we are conducting ourselves in a most silly fashion. No wonder the Islamic forces feel they will overtake Rome and the US. Domine, miserere nobis. +JMJ+

  3. Gratias says:

    I have no doubt the doggies loved the Taj Mahony. They love fire hydrants too, you know.

  4. Father Karl says:

    God created the animal kingdom to help us on our way to spiritual perfection. Horses, oxen, donkeys were used to help harvest the fields, while other animals are used for clothing and for nourishment. Other smaller animals which can be domesticated were placed in the world to cheer us up. Pope Pius XII had a small bird; Pope Benedict XVI was fond of cats. Since dogs have been called ‘man’s best friend’, it follows that since there are near to us, they should be blessed and protected from the devil, other evils, and harm. Almighty God created everything, and His creation must be treated with respect since everything in a unique way gives praise and glory to Him. By being respectful to our pets, like St. Francis of Assisi was, may be be drawn closer to holiness to God and to spiritual perfection.

    • I didn’t know that animals had souls, also that during our Lords death the dogs were barking and cats meowing.

  5. SandraD says:

    Reflection of God’s unconditional love…….well, I guess if it’s pointed out to attendees— they could learn that we love unconditionally, but that doesn’t mean that waldo can pee on the carpet or bite our neighbor when they come to visit…..that behavior would invoke consequences and punishment. :)

  6. I don’t understand why so many adults want to dress up in costumes. One person said the courtyard comes alive with the carnival atmosphere. If only she could “see” all of the saints and angels during mass including the holy souls in purgatory. The mass is a living and breathing thanksgiving to our Creator. What could be more alive than that.

  7. This kind of nonsense has got to stop.

  8. My goodness,people. Lighten up please. At Catholic school where I taught years ago we always had a special day for students to bring their pets for a special blessing of the animals. One year a horse showed up! We welcomed all sorts of critters as long as they were confined. Tried to have the day as close to Oct. 4th, feast is St. Francis. Nothing wrong with this and it doesn’t mean that priests and Sisters are not evangelizing. Get the Book of Blessings and find out how many things and occasions can receive a special blessing.

    • Catherine says:

      anniem writes, “My goodness,people. Lighten up please” = Thank you! You nailed it! That is precisely the problem and it can be repaired. Many compromised shepherds have been “lightening up the teachings” of the Catholic faith for many years. = “Douay-Rheims Bible …Hosea 4:6 “My people have been silent, because they had *no knowledge*: because thou hast *rejected knowledge*, (aka lightening up) I will reject thee, that thou shalt not do the office of priesthood to me: and thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children.”

      We all love animals. Blessing animals is a beautiful tradition but blessing animals while spiritually neglecting the duty of guarding the deposit of faith is a misplacement of priorities. If someone walked into the ICU unit to visit a loved one and discovered that all of vital monitors on each patient were loudly beeping in a dangerous alarm, how would you feel if you then noticed the attending physician busily caring for some nurse’s pets out in the waiting room?

      Fidelity to God first! Praise and honor God first (in humility and on bended knee) and then all special blessings will flow in the proper order that Almighty God has ordained.

      • Brian S. says:

        Catherine, I expect some folks to be veterinarians, and to work on sick pets and other folks to be doctors and work on sick people – kind of like I expect people to continue to be engineers, wedding musicians, mechanics, and housewives, even while any number of arguably higher-priority tasks that could compete for their energy exist.

        What convinces you that this event was done at the cost of guarding the deposit of faith? I suspect the opposite is more likely tobe true. Yes, this was a party. Are those to be abandoned until you pass the OK?

        “Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine,
        There’s always laughter and good red wine.
        At least I’ve always found it so.
        Benedicamus Domino!”

        • Catherine says:

          Brian S writes, “What convinces you that this event was done at the cost of guarding the deposit of faith?”

          Brian S, Speaking of guarding the deposit of faith, a picture is worth a thousand words. Also..when the Servant of God, Father John Hardon SJ was visiting L.A. he saw the preview pictures and plans for the new pagan looking structure that was soon to shockingly be called a Cathedral. Father John Hardon SJ then adamantly asked the faithful,… “And just what do you intend to do about this?” So Brian, the canine-centric events might be pleasing to those who resent or call them ol’ stodgy traditions or the poor uncatechized who do not even realize the once beautiful and respectfully sacred *EVENT* of being able to simply kneel down at an altar rail to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion but that is not a good trade off. The only thing necessary for canine-centric apathy to flourish is for faithful Catholics to do nothing…or it seems in your case Brian S to merely write poetry while sitting around laughing and drinking good wine while pretending that Catholic churches are not being sacked as Our Lady of Akita warned.

          continued

          • Catherine says:

            continued from July 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

            Wherever the Catholic sun doth not shine…Apparently there still remains an apathetic blind spot that can promote canine-centric laughter while spiritually neglecting the fullness of truth along with the laughter and the good red wine.

            http://www.eyeofthetiber.com/2013/01/03/statue-in-cathedral-of-our-lady-of-the-angels-wondering-why-everyone-keeps-laughing-at-it/

            Statue In Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels Wondering Why Everyone Keeps Laughing At It

            Los Angeles, CA––The Virgin Mary statue at the entrance of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles announced today that it was becoming evermore frustrated and frankly rather confused by the amount of mockery it has received since it was first created. The 8-foot-tall, modern representation of the Virgin Mary told Eye of the Tiber that ever since it was created in 2002, it has been the butt of jokes, scoffs, and laughs by visitors who pass it, despairingly adding that it has oftentimes wished it could just call in sick. “I guess I’m just more confused than anything else,” the statue said from its station above a pair of bronze doors. “Of course I’ve never looked at myself, but I’m a statue of the Virgin Mary, you know? How bad can I look? People stare at me as though I look like some kind of veilless Jedi with a boy-cut or something.”

          • Brian S. says:

            A picture is worth a thousand words? What picture are you talking about, Catherine? The one illustrating this article certainly doesn’t hazard the deposit of faith!

            While the the architecture of the LA Cathedral is hideous, there is simply no basis for you to assume that these “canine-centric events” only attract resenters of tradition and the uncatechized. They may appeal to well-catechized people – including those like Hilaire Belloc who enjoyed pets and pleasent fellowship with fellow Catholics and who wrote the poem you flatteringly attributed to me.

            Mr. Belloc once related a conversation with a cat – I hope you enjoy it.

            http://grammar.about.com/od/classicessays/a/A-Conversation-With-A-Cat-By-Hilaire-Belloc.htm

            “… With what a wealth of singular affection, pure and profound, did she not gaze up at him, and then rub herself against his leg in token and external expression of a sacramental friendship that should never die.”

      • Anonymous says:

        OK , so you feel neglected and unaffirmed. If CCD ran different stories, you wouldn’t. You come to a website that glories in catching people being bad but there are a lot of websites that glory in catching people being good. Maybe you need some balance. We do well always and everywhere to give you thanks, O Lord. Are you not permitting yourself the joy of the Lord Jesus because someone you don’t even know thinks or says or does something that is incorrect? Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again, rejoice.

  9. Brian S. says:

    Is an “idiot” or “nefarious Democrat” hijacking Father Karl’s computer? I’ve been getting called that and worse over at the other animal article. Jus’ sayin….

  10. Abeca Christian says:

    I’m sorry I don’t mean to laugh but I found this article hilarious. This function is a first I heard of, it just comes off as weird to be honest. Dressing up as the flying nun? lol wow. I don’t think people object to the blessings of animals but what is objectionable is the lack of news stating that they are feeding Christ’s flock leading souls to heaven.

    Okay well first off I have been to the blessing of animals in my area a few years ago and it was not like this. There were a few pets and our kids brought their trained parakeet. Nothing like this article. Gotta tell you this is taking it to another level and someone has to check out their spiritual well being? One which is questionable.

  11. Abeca Christian says:

    “The only way to win audiences is to tell people about the life and death of Christ. Every other approach is a waste.”
    Archbishop Fulton Sheen

  12. “As Leviathan’s lions begin to roar, the nominal Catholics will skip out of the arena. Roman Catholicism has become for baptized pagans a neuralgic kind of Cute Catholicism, with leprechauns, mariachi bands and Santa Claus instead of confession, prayer and fidelity to doctrine. But behind each leprechaun St. Patrick stares, and behind every mariachi band Our Lady of Guadalupe weeps, and behind every Santa Claus Christ himself judges.”
    Fr. George Rutler.

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