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St. Paul's Animal Blessing
October 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Each year, on the Sunday closest to St. Francis Day we gather to give thanks for all God’s creatures and especially our pets; and the joy they share with their humans.
The custom of blessing animals in early October connects us to Francis of Assisi who was known for his love for all creatures. Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” His sister, Clare of Assisi, is often pictured with a cat.
We will gather on the church yard near the labyrinth (weather permitting). In the case of marginal weather we will gather in the rectory garage area.
Dogs and Cats must be on a leash, not longer than six feet long, or in a pet carrier. All animals from hamsters to Camels are welcome. Bull frogs, Sea Snakes, llamas and guinea pigs are also welcome.