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Annual Blessing of the Animals

For the Feast of Saint Francis

Saint Francis of Assisi was a great lover of animals and the environment, and in his preaching emphasized the inherent goodness of all God has created. In his great Canticle of the Sun--from which Pope Francis derived the title and direction of his encyclical letter Laudato Si', on care for the Earth as our common home--he sings of the sun, the moon, the elements, etc. as brothers and sisters, all united in rendering praise and glory to God. He has looing been considered the patorn saint of animals; in 1979, Pope Saint John Paul II declared Saint Francis the patron saint of ecology.

A popular practice around Saint Francis' feastday (October 4) has been to bring pets to the church for a special blessing. Father Coyne began this practice in our Collaborative in 2015, and we have observed it every year since.

The 2020 blessing took place on Sunday, October 4 outside Saint Pius X Church, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.


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