Blessing of the Animals held Oct. 4

The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. in the grassy area of Grace Lutheran Church.

Pastor Ralph Mueller of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, Father Townsend Waddil of Christ the King Anglican Church and Pastor Kristopher Madsen of Grace Lutheran will conduct the service. Volunteers from the Humane Society of IWV will be on hand to assist with the animals.

“This service is a commemoration of the life and ministry of St. Francis of Assisi, who entered eternal life on October 4, 1226,” said a spokesperson. “It was he who regularly reminded us, by his life, of the unity of all creation in God’s love. He reminded us too that all God’s creatures deserve our respect and love.”

All dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. Any other pets must also be under the control of the owner at all times. This event is open to all who want to have their animal friends blessed by the pastors.

For more information call Grace at 760-375-9768 or the Humane Society at 760-876-0533.

Story First Published: 2018-09-14