Saturday, May 28, 2011

1912-1927



This Memorial Day weekend, we are remembering our loved ones. I wanted to have a memorial of my own involving a very special cat. In order to do that, there's only one place to go and that is Purr-n-Fur. The site has the story of the original Tom the church cat.

There's not a picture of him which is a shame, but what's left of his memory is a little grave by the main door of St. Mary's Redcliffe in Bristol, England.



Look at this huge place! He must have felt really small.

When I first introduced little Tom over a year ago, I received a comment from Whicky Wuudler who lives nearby. He said his mom visited this spot and put flowers on the grave. If we could only do the same!



Just think, for all the spiritual quiet, the occasional sound of an organ or the creak of benches as people begin their prayers, nothing brings the soul closer to Heaven than communicating with a little guy on four legs.

This weekend, I invite you to go to Purr-n-Fur (it's in my Little Black Book on the sidebar) and enjoy Patrick Roberts' cats in all their walks of life and history.

There'll be a surprise for you, my friends, on the home page...purrr!

--Tom

18 comments:

Hannah and Lucy said...

We have just been and had a peek at Purr-n-Fur and when mum has had dinner she says we can go back and have a good nose round!!
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Misadventures Of Me said...

We is headin over to see Purr n Fur after. That kittehs grave - its lovely to see he/she was memebered. The mom says its furry peaceful to sit out by Fatty's grave and trim the grass and pull weeds around it as she talks to Fatty who passed 3 years ago.

Fuzzy Tales said...

We'll have to check out that site...We didn't even realize there was an "original" church cat...though of course we kitties have been catching mice and other rodents in churches all through the ages! :-)

Mariodacat said...

I am going to do that. Thanks for the referral.

meowmeowmans said...

We will go and check out Purr-n-Fur right after this. How nice that our pal Whicky's mom was able to visit and put flowers on the original Tom's grave.

We hope you and Julie have a nice weekend!

Fin said...

Thanks for your kind words at my place! We're looking forward to many years of friendship (and published books) for both of us!

Pierro said...

Oh how sweet. We are going to see Purr n Fur right now. these photos are lovely and we always like to hear the story behind the idea.


bonks for a happy day!

Katnip Lounge said...

Tom, we are on our way. Mommy agrees about kitties bringing humans closer to Heaven; we Cats say we help them reconnect with being Human "Beings", not "Doings".

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

The parishioners undoubtedly loved Tom very much! I wonder if there is anyone who is still around who remembers him. They would have been children at the time... and you know how strongly childhood memories linger.

Mr. Pip said...

Thanks for remembering the original Tom, The Church Cat. We will head over to this blog and read all about him.

Your pal, Pip

The Island Cats said...

We'll go check out that site, Tom! We didn't know there was an original Tom the Church Cat. You're still an original to us, Tom!

catfromhell said...

Dear Tom,
Our Mommy's Dad, knew about the "original" church cat! That's how we's found yous! Thanks yous for sharing!
Kisses
Nellie

Brian said...

It was very nice to learn about Tom One, thanks for sharing that with us! Have a great weekend!!!

Marg said...

We sure are going to go visit that site. We are looking forward to learning about the first Tom. That grave is really nice. Hope you have a lovely Sunday.

Gattina said...

I also didn't know that there was an original church cat ! I have to check this ! Our cats are all burried in our garden in a little corner where I made a little place with two cat statues a hortensia and a flower pot. Unfortunately my actual cats think that it is beautiful outside litter boxe !

Bengal Trio - Luna, Zulu -n- Mercy said...

wow that's so pawsome they loved the kitty so much he got his own grave stone =^_^= we'll head over to the purr spot, thanks!
Bengal Trio

Marilynn said...

We love your blog ... and we'll be exploring purr n fur after we return from church today.

Purrrrrrrrrrrrsssssssssss...

Marilynn, Grace & Company

Father Tom said...

It was good to share one of my favorite websites with everyone on this Memorial Day weekend. Hope you all get a chance to look it over and enjoy coming back to it every so often.

And, to my predecessor Tom, you've inspired me. I hope there are church bells where you are now, or at least, an organ hymn you can purr to!

Tom