October 4, 2024 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Feast of St. Francis Animal Blessing

Animals are a blessing. They enrich our lives with joy, companionship, security, and love. Whether the animals in our lives work hard for their keep or are spoiled and lazy, they are true gifts from God. St. Francis of Assisi saw all of creation as great art and would praise the great artist, the Creator, in all things. Early in his ministry, Francis came upon a flock of birds. He was moved to talk to them and preach to them as his equals. There are many legends of St. Francis and his miraculous relationship with his brothers and sisters in the animal kingdom, but this interaction with the birds is considered his first blessing of the animals. As a celebration of the Feast of St. Francis on October 4, please bring your feathered, furry, and scaly family members to receive a blessing. Light refreshments to follow.

Wednesday, October 4 (12:30pm)
Free-will Donation     Event #15802
Registration is highly encouraged for the refreshments
Register by September 30          Event #15802

Fr. Dave Norman is a Franciscan priest who has been teaching at Newman Theological College for more than 30 years. He was born and raised in Vancouver, but came to Edmonton in the fall of 1975 to study theology at Newman.

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