This year the Feast of Saint Francis falls on Sunday, October 4th. Saint Francis loved all animals and it is traditional on his feast day to celebrate the ways that animals are the face of God and bless us in our daily living. So on that day, at the end of our Sunday morning Zoom worship, we invite everyone to bring their pets “on screen” to be introduced to our parish and blessed.
You are welcome to keep sending your photographs to the parish office or Marjorie of all your animal family members (here on earth or now in heaven) so they can be remembered and viewed visually during our Zoom worship. Be sure to include your pet’s name and your name as well when you send in your photos. The deadline for all submitted photography is October 1st.
We are grateful for the way God speaks to us through our animals. May we be as kind to them as they are to us.
Most high, omnipotent good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in your whole creation with perfectness of joy. O God, you have made us and all living things. You are even more wonderful than what you have made. We thank you for giving us these pets who bring us joy. As you take care of us, so also we ask your help that we might take care of those who trust us to look after them. By doing this, we share in your own love for all creation. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.