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St. Francis and the Blessing of Animals
As many of you already know, years ago Franciscans served in our Diocese. At one time they covered all of Lake County. And, as some of you also know, I too have a Franciscan background. There is evidence of our Franciscan roots throughout the Diocese. The spirit of Francis lives on, especially more so now with our beloved Pope Francis.
St. Francis is perhaps the most popular and well known saint. He is famous for his love of animals and is often depicted surrounded by them—preaching to all who will hear. He is said to have often ‘blessed’ the animals and a tradition has developed around the world to do so every year on or near his feast day. And so, we will continue our 6th annual Holy Spirit’s ‘Blessing of Animals’ this coming Saturday, October 5th at 1 p.m. in our Courtyard.
All animals are invited (including birds, fish and reptiles), but, kindly bring leashes, and, as necessary, muzzles or cages for any ‘over-enthusiastic’ pets. Since many animals are both predator and prey to other animals – please advise them that DINNER WILL NOT BE SERVED!!! :)
We will try to separate the animals by type. If your pet ‘does not-get-along-well-with others’, or if they are difficult to unload (horses, large dogs, very aggressive cats and such) Father Ron can come to your vehicle for the blessing. This event is open to all animals – Catholic or not :). Invite your friends and their pets. We will have tokens of the blessing for the animals and their owners…or is it the other way around?
Peace be to all God’s Creatures-great and small.