‘Blessing of the Animals’ is Oct. 1 at St. Mark’s

St. Mark’s holds its annual ‘Blessing of the Animals’ Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m.
The service is in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures. Francis, whose feast day is Oct. 4, loved the larks flying about his hilltop town. He and his early brothers, staying in a small hovel, allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey.
Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.”
Please bring your furry, feathered or finned friends for this happy occasion. They should be on leashes, in carriers, in cages or in bowls.