No other saint brings out the animal in us like St. Francis. The patron saint of animals, Francis's feast day is October 4th. St. Paul's will celebrate it on Sunday, October 6th at 12:30pm when the annual Blessing of the Animals takes place in the parking lot.
This is always a lively, fun event with plenty of sniffing, some barking, and occasional surprises in pet carriers. What's always guaranteed is that the pets' families come with thanks to God for the love and companionship of their pets, and to take the opportunity to have them blessed in fellowship with other families.
You can expect a short, informal liturgy, with most of the time spent with Fr. Rob moving from pet to pet to give each an individual blessing. Hope to you there!