HOLDEN, Mass. — Come one, come all, with creatures great and small, as St. Francis Episcopal Church in Holden celebrates the annual Blessing of the Animals and its patronal feast day at all three services on the weekend of Oct. 6-7.
On Sunday, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Douglas Fisher, Bishop-Elect to the Diocese of Western Mass will be the guest preacher at the church, and at 3 p.m. the Blessing of the Animals will take place in the Memorial Garden.
Each year, the Rev. Rich Simpson conducts the service at the annual commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi, who saw the natural world and the creatures in it both as a gift from God the Creator and as a sign of Christ’s presence.
The public is invited to bring their pets, or "our brothers and sisters” as St. Francis called the birds and animals, "to receive God’s blessing."
St. Francis Episcopal Church is at 70 Highland St., Holden.