TAMPA — In observance of the Feast of St. Francis, animal lovers have two opportunities to have their pets blessed, whether they are furry, feathery or scaly, big or little.
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was author of the poem “Canticle to the Sun,” which praised the way God works through creation.
Noted for his rapport with animals, St. Francis has become known as the patron saint of natural conservation, as a reminder of the beauty of God’s creation and humankind’s role in ensuring its care and proper use.
The blessings are open to the public, but animals should be on leashes or in small cages.
The blessings will be at:
* St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4518 S. Manhattan Ave., at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. All sizes are welcome to the event on the grounds in front of the church.
For information, contact Cheryl Stanley at (813) 839-5337 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Sacred Heart Academy (former site), 3515 N. Florida Ave., at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The priests of Sacred Heart will conduct the ceremony and blessing.