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All are invited to join for a blessing of the animals on October 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, or near that date. This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. St. Francis (1182-1226) was a monk who founded the contemporary order of Franciscans. He was known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals, among many other things.

A Blessing of Animals witnesses to God’s and the Church’s love, care, and concern for creation. As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures, the Church’s witness of stewardship of creation is strengthened. It is also a service with special appeal to children.

The EBPC Blessing of the Animals service will be held in the Grove beginning at 5:00 p.m. We will process into the Grove. Fellowship and refreshments for all guests will follow.

All who attend are encouraged to bring a donation of a dog or cat food item, which will be contributed to the Humane Society of Williamson County.  (May include a connection to the stuffed animals that the preschool children are collecting.)

*Fur, feathers, scales, and fins are welcome, but use your own wisdom about how this service will best fit your pet's well-being. You may choose to bring your shy, aggressive, or stressed-out pet in a photo rather than in person, or bring a picture of a wild bird or animal you particularly love. All animals must be on a leash or in a carrier. Clean-up aids and water will be available.