St. Simon's will be joining with Trinity St. Paul's to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi for a blessing of the animals.
You are invited to bring your pets or other animals, or pictures of pets who have passed away. Children may bring their stuffed animals for a blessing as well.
It will be held on Oct. 7 at 4 pm at Trinity St. Paul's on the lawn facing Huguenot. All are welcome.
St. Francis was a remarkable witness to peace in a time of war, hope in the face of despair, and joy instead of sorrow. He has become the patron saint of peace, ecology, and animals. But it is helpful for us to remember that he was first and foremost a Church reformer, a man who revitalized a Church that had grown institutionally moribund and joyless.
St. Francis believed that the Gospel of Jesus is the Church's greatest treasure - and he lived it as best he could. He famously said, "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words."
In every age the Church of Jesus Christ needs men and women like St. Francis who delight in following the Gospels.
The traditional Franciscan greeting is "Pax et bonum" - peace and all good. Let us pray for peace and all good in our lives, in our parish, and in the life of the world.