Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis-animals

Pets and their families are invited to Salem on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 4:00 p.m. for a festive afternoon with our pets!

The Blessing of the Animals begins at 4:00 p.m., with individual blessings for each animal offered at the end of a brief liturgy.  During the PetFest, there will be free drawings for prizes.  Special music will be provided by the Parker Elementary School Guitar Ensemble.  Refreshments and treats for all “legged” creatures will also be provided.

Pets should be on a leash or in a carrier.  Photos of pets are welcome for animals that can’t make it to Salem.

The public is invited!

The festival on the first Sunday in October also remembers St. Francis of Assisi, renewer of the Church and patron saint for the care of animals and all creation, whose annual day of commemoration is Oct. 4.