St. Francis Fest Blessing of the Animals Event
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St. Edwards, St. Johns and St. Thomas Episcopal Churches will offer a joint “Blessing of the Animals” service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment and animals, on Friday, October 2, starting at 6:00 p.m. The service will be offered outdoors in the spacious lawn area of St Thomas Episcopal Church at 301 St Thomas Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601.
All are invited to join us for a short service and blessing. Lancaster City’s Mounted and K-9 units will also be on hand for the event. Free will donations will be accepted for the Heifer International Project, a development organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.
We ask everyone to bring your special pet leashed or in a cage or carrier for their comfort. Feel free to bring a picture of your pet for blessing if you feel that bringing him or her to the event would be too stressful. Toy pets are welcome, too!
We also require all the human participants to wear a mask and help maintain social distancing during our gathering outside on St. Thomas’ lawn.
Come and share in a service of celebration and thanksgiving for our pets and for all God’s creatures.