St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), a man of great faith, spent his life traveling throughout Europe, preaching to the lost, the last and the least likely; he was known to speak and sing to animals of all shapes and sizes. Because of his love for all that God creates, it has become a tradition to conduct yearly services for the Blessing of the Animals, in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. On Sunday, October 2, 2011, Christ Church United (10 Arlington Street, Dracut) will hold its annual free non-denominational Blessing of the Animals Service at 12:00 Noon.
The church will accept clean, gently used blankets and towels, as well as dog and cat food which will be donated to the Lowell Humane Society. Anyone from an animal adoption agency is welcome to bring animals that need a home and to give a brief talk about the work of their agency. Call Rev. Sylvia Robinson at 978-459-2022 to be included in the program.
Adults and children alike are welcome to bring their pets –fluffy, scaly, winged, or hairy-to be blessed. For more information about the Blessing of the Animals visit the links below and view video from services in other parts of the United States.