Do you respect all living things, great and small? If so, you’re in good company; so did St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day we celebrate on October 4th. Because of his love for all of God’s creatures, St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment.
Churches and organizations around the world are celebrating the feast day in many ways. Here are some ways to join the celebration:
- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops asked friends and followers to send in pictures of their pets. View the album of adorable animals.
- Some churches are inviting parishioners to bring in their pets for a Blessing of the Animals. Fittingly, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in New York held their Blessing of Animals on Sunday, September 30th. See pictures from the blessing.
- Join Iona College in planting native grass to help the environment, or attend the Earth Mass at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
- If you’d like to share with others the joy of interacting with animals, consider volunteering for Pet Therapy on Staten Island. When you bring Fluffy or Fido to one of the three Catholic Charities Community Services Senior Centers on SI, you’ll get to see the positive effect your pet can have on the men and women there. Get more information or sign up.