Saturday, October 6, 2018
St. John Neumann Church 10:00 am
in the Loggia.
All animals and owners welcome!
As autumn arrives, people in various places may notice
something odd. A procession of animals, everything from
dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, is led to church
for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.
This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of
Assisi’s love for all creatures. Francis, whose feast day is
October 4th, 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.” And there was testimony in the
cause for St. Clare of Assisi’s canonization that
referred to her little cat!
The bond between person and pet is like no other
relationship, because the communication between fellow
creatures is at its most basic. Eye-to-eye, a man and his
dog, or a woman and her cat, are two creatures of love. No
wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal
companions to church for a special blessing. St. John
Neumann Church is the place where the bond of creation is
celebrated on Saturday, October 6th at 10:00 am in the