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St Francis and the Blessing of Animals

It is no hidden thing that St Francis loved animals. He treated all Gods’ creatures with respect and love because God loves them all. All animals have a purpose and St Francis saw himself as in harmony with all of them. God created animals out of love, too. Humanity was to name them and take care of them. It was all part of God’s plan that the dominion humanity was to have over animals was to be that of care.

He also gave us animals as a blessing to us. We do not have to look far to find the companionship they offer us. God is so good to us to give them for our good. So we ask God to bless them as they continue to be a blessing to us. October 4 is the feast day of St Francis. This is the day that we traditionally get our animals blessed. There will be a special blessing for our pets after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, October 4, at St Joseph Church, in the parking lot between the church and the school. The blessing will be at noon. Come with the wagging tails, purrs and any other noises your pets may make and get them blessed. If you cannot get them there or think they would not do well around all the other animals, you can call the office for Fr. Barr to come to your home and bless them.