To adapt a popular phrase, cats are what happens when you’re making other plans. After we lost Jake and Jeoffry, Fr. Warren planned to wait a while before looking for new feline residents. But you don’t find a cat - the cat finds you, and so it was that a little fellow we named Simon showed up in July 2012 and immediately took charge. Simon is now a strapping 15 pounds and always eager to make new friends, so stop by and say hello!
Jeoffry and Jake died within a month of each other in the spring of 2012. We miss them terribly. These photos of them will remain here as memorials. An obituary of Jake which appeared in the Beacon Hill Times follows the photographs.
The church cat population increased when Max came in from the cold - literally - after a snowstorm. Max now lives happily at the Rectory - see below.
Keeping the parish running ...
Exploring the Parish Gardens...
What cats do best: sleep! (Anywhere)
What exactly does a Church Cat do? The 18th century poet Christopher Smart left us a lyrical, if eccentric, job description, which beautifully details the life of an honored feline (and explains where our Jeoffry got his name).
And why two Church Cats? Because no one cat could ever replace the incomparable Bradley!
THE BOYS OF SUMMER
winter’s hearth huggers
find the parish garden,
join early comers,
lay back ears,
Morning sun haloes
Jeoffry’s black coat…
Jake’s black and white
accepts his washing ritual ~
and loving pats.
Morning coffee is a blessing
in the company
June A. Knowles
For Jake and Jeoffry ~ our parish cats
September 4, 2005
Other Advent Animals
Jake and Jeoffry may be the kings of the Hill, but they are not the only creatures associated with the Advent ...
Max and Lucy run the Rectory.
And then there are the wild creatures who live nearby...