This past Monday, October 4th was the day we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi. Francis left his wealthy title and family and began the order of Friars Minor. These monks served the poor and became know as the Order of St. Francis which you may recognize today in the titles of hospitals and other organizations. Francis is known for the phrase, “Preach the Gospel always. If necessary, use words.”
Francis was also known to love nature and animals. There is a legend that says Francis was out walking with some colleagues when he stopped and said he needed to preach to the birds. As he did, the legend says that all the birds landed on trees and were completely silent as Francis spoke. The statue in front of the north entrance of our church building depicts St. Francis holding a bird. That’s why we schedule our annual pet blessing around the feast day of St. Francis. This year it kinda snuck up on me and this Saturday I had already promised to attend my grandson’s final baseball game of the season. So, we will have the Pet Blessing on Saturday, October 16th at 10:00 am under the portico at the north entrance. There will be a brief scripture reading, some prayers, and I will individually bless each pet. A little bird told me there will be treats for both pets and their owners! Share this information with you family, friends, and neighbors and have them come too!
See you Sunday!