The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi falls on October 4 (although he died on Oct. 3, 1226)
Known as the patron saint of animals and many Catholic and Anglican churches hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day, but many wait until the following Sunday for the convenience of parishioners and clergy.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road, is planning its Blessing of the Animals for Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.
All creatures great and small are welcome. In the past dogs, cats, turtles, geckos, birds and rabbits have attended and received their blessing.
If you have a pet that is difficult to transport, such as a 20 gallon tank of fish, or too frightening for others, such as spiders or snakes, you may bring a photograph and have that blessed in its place.
About St. Francis
St Francis, who founded the Catholic Church’s Franciscan order, lived in Italy during the late 12th and 13th centuries. He is remembered for his generosity to the poor and his willingness to minister to the lepers. He is remembered for his love for animals and nature.