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Blessing of the Pets planned
Betty Gordon holds her dog Bella as it receives a blessing from Mother Theresa Lahar, the priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church, in 2022 at the church’s annual Blessing of the Pets.

St. John’s Episcopal Church will host the annual Blessing of the Pets at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, to celebrate St. Francis Day. 

The event will be held outdoors at the church, located at 2701 Tyler St. 

Bring blankets or chairs for seating and bring pets on leashes or in carriers. Donations of cash, old towels and blankets for the Golden Belt Humane Society are encouraged.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

About St. Francis Day

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) is associated with patronage of animals and the environment. It became customary for Catholic churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on or about his feast day of Oct. 4. Today, other Protestant churches have adopted the practice.

Nancy Gale and her cat Archie are shown at last year’s event.