Born into the family of a wealthy merchant, Francis gave up his inheritance to serve poor people. He formed the Order of Friars Minor (called Franciscans), who took on poverty and the task of preaching “using words if necessary.” Francis had a spirit of gratitude for all of God’s creation.
We celebrated St. Francis and the blessing of all creation – including God’s creatures! – on Sunday, October 8nd. Smaller pets were blessed during both worship services. Larger animals (horse-sized) were blessed in the parking lot between services.
Also on this day, we gathered pet supplies for “Concern for Animals,” a local non-profit organization that offers animal welfare services in Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. Their animal food bank needs include: dog/puppy food and treats, cat/kitten food and treats, domestic bird food, non-clumping cat litter (smaller bags preferred), pet beds or blankets in good condition, dog and cat toys, leashes and collars, carriers and crates, and rabbit or guinea pig food.
The pictures are from this and previous years.