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Calling all dogs, cats, ducks, horses, iguanas, or whatever you may have as a pet! We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 5, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, to have your pet blessed after the 8:00 am Mass at St. Mary Church. We will plan to meet in the parking lot or, in case of rain, in the gathering space of church. This will be directly after Mass as we won’t have Reconciliation that day, but please know that you will have time to go home to get your pet, if that is needed. It is preferred that we do not have pets in church during the Mass.
As you know St. Francis was known for the love that he had for all of God’s creatures. He paid tribute to God’s creation in the Canticle of the Creatures which he wrote, earning him the title of patron saint of the animals. It is common belief that eight hundred years ago, St. Francis was one of the first saints to bless the animals around him. He would bless birds that would land on his fingers. After catching a fish, he would bless it before releasing it back in the water. He would even bless the wolves that he spoke to as he walked through the woods.
This year, we hope many people will bring their pets forward for the Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis. If you are unable to bring your pet with you for any reason, please feel free to bring a photo of your pet with you. All animals are welcome after Mass and none will be excluded from this blessing.
Bella and I look forward to seeing you there.