Blessing of the Animals
October 4th is the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. Annually Christ Church commemorates and honors the life of St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century, by blessing animals of all kinds including cats, birds, dogs, fish, and even stuffed animals! This year, the collar of a missing animal was even blessed only to have the animal return home 3 days later! Some people choose to bring photos of their pets if it is difficult for their pets to attend the blessing.