October 01, 2022
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Dear Friend of New Skete,
Join us as we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment. It will be a wonderful day to have your pets blessed, enjoy the beautiful fall foliage, savor some delicious refreshments of the season, rejoice with fellow animal lovers, and more. It’s a day not to be missed. Whether you are able to participate in person or will be here in spirit, we invite you to be a part of this very special annual event! All people and the animals they love are welcome!
During this time of celebration, we ask you to consider a gift in honor of, or in memory of, your pet or other loved one. Your tax-deductible donation of $25 or more received by September 30th will be uniquely recognized at the 2022 Animal Blessing. Click here to safely make an online donation and/or prayer requests. 2022 Animal Blessing Donation and Prayer Requests
Your gift today will assist New Skete Monasteries in the areas of most urgent need. This may include costs associated with repairs or renovations for buildings, grounds, equipment, or other necessary projects to the Monks’ or Nuns’ monasteries or churches. It may also assist with unexpected costs related to health care for the monastics. We are thankful for your continued support and friendship.
Remember to bring, send, or email photos of pets who have passed or who are not able to attend. We will display and include them in the blessing! Additionally, you are welcome to complete the bottom of the enclosed form to include prayer intentions for loved ones.
We are thrilled to once again welcome you in person to visit us for this special occasion and whenever your schedule allows. May God's blessings be on all of you, and we hope to see you at New Skete soon! If you would like further information or if you have any questions please feel free to email or call Karen Gladstone, Director of Advancement and Stewardship
firstname.lastname@example.org (518)677-3928 ext. 214
Yours in Christ's love,
Brother Christopher Sister Cecelia
Prior, Monks of New Skete Prioress, Nuns of New Skete
New Skete Monasteries (The Monks and Nuns of New Skete) is an Eastern Orthodox Monastery, a not-for-profit organization. As monastics, in accordance with the simplicity that characterizes monastic life, we earn our daily bread by the work of our own hands. We find in work a time-honored means of self-discipline and growth. Along with the compensation from our work, the monastics also rely on gifts and donations from those who support our mission.
2:00pm - Visitors begin arriving
2:30pm - Dog Training Demonstration
3:30pm - Animal Blessing Service
Seasonal refreshments served following the Blessing
New Skete Chapel Community Baked Goods Raffle to benefit New Skete
Nuns of New Skete Gift Shop will not be open.
However, the Nuns’ front entrance, self service area will be open from 8am-8pm. Cash or check only.
Monks’ Gift Shop will be opened during this event. However, due to its small space, a very limited number of people are allowed in the shop at a time.
Parking located in back of Monastery. All pets must be leashed. All event activities will take place outdoors.
Mask wearing is welcomed. Social Distancing is encouraged.
Questions - 518.677.3928 ext. 214
The continued health and well-being of our community, friends, guests, and visitors is our priority. Please check www.newskete.org or call prior to arrival should you have any questions regarding COVID regulations that will be followed on site. We will be adhering to all government-set COVID Guidelines in place on the date of the event including, but not limited to, mask wearing, social distancing, or cancellation of in-person event and pivoting to an all-virtual event.
Thank you in advance for your full cooperation.
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