St. Peter’s will be hosting its first service to bless beloved pets, held on the grounds of the church Saturday afternoon, October 6, at 4 p.m. The occasion is timed to honor St. Francis, patron saint of animals, on or near his October 4 feast day.

This will be a somewhat expansive service of blessing. Individuals and families are welcome to bring their dogs, cats, birds, chickens, rabbits, and so on, to be blessed. Pets must be secured by leash, cage, or crate for everyone’s safety. If it’s not possible to bring the pet safely, a photograph or other item pertaining to them may be brought as a substitute. Additionally, stuffed animals may be brought to receive a blessing.

To honor pets who have died there will also be a brief service of remembrance that will include a blessing for the place our pets hold in our hearts.