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Island pets to receive blessing Saturday

October 4, 2017
Pine Island Eagle

Island pets are encouraged to bring their humans and friends to church Saturday, Oct. 7, in celebration of a day dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, regarded world-wide as the patron saint of animals and the environment. Island clergy will recognize this by celebrating St. Francis feast day with a "Blessing of the Animals" at St. John's Episcopal Church at 7771 Stringfellow Road in St. James City. The blessing will take place at 11 a.m.This is the 17th annual "Blessing of the Animals," which brings together pet owners and animal lovers to share in fellowship and for an opportunity for their furry and feathered friends to receive prayers intended just for them.

Each pet will receive a personalized certificate indicating that they have received a blessing.

Assisting the Rev. Ryan A. Wright, vicar at St. John's, will be Father Jacek Masuz from Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Pastor Eric McCrea from the Pine Island United Methodist Church and Pastor Roger Lemke, The Fishers of Men Lutheran Church.

This event is open to everyone even if you don't have a pet! There will be a brief outdoor service, a few interesting speakers, followed by the blessing of each animal that has come to church that day. St. John's only request is that pets be on leashes or contained. If is too difficult to bring your pet, you are welcome to bring a picture and join us.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to have a Saturday activity together. This year we will be collecting food for the Pine Island Food Pantry, so please bring your items to the event.

Hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and water will be available. Pet medals for cats and dogs with a special animal blessing will be offered for sale.

For more information about this year's "Blessing of the Animals," please call St. John's Episcopal Church at 239-283-1820.



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