Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, September 29th at 3 pm
In the Grotto at front of the Church

St. Francis was born in the 12th century, lived in Italy and founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

While St. Francis is remembered for his generosity to the poor and his willingness to minister to the lepers, the thing he is most well known for is his love for animals and nature. After all, he is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

This year, his feast day falls on September 29 and people all over the world will be celebrating. In remembrance of his love for all sentient beings, families bring their pets to church for a blessing.

Here at Saint Patrick Parish, the Blessing of the Animals will be held outside by the Grotto on Sunday, September 29th at 3pm. All animals big or small are welcome!

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