Lynnfield,  September 21 2018

St. Paul’s to host Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 7

Loki, which is owned by Dick and Miriam Shafner, is blessed by the Rev. Robert Bacon at last year’s Blessing of the Animals. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (127 Summer St., Lynnfield) will conduct its annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 7 at 12:30 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (127 Summer St., Lynnfield) will conduct its annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 7 at 12:30 p.m. The Blessing of the Animals coincides with the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. In past years, St. Paul’s has seen dogs, cats, stuffed animals, hamsters and more – even cellphone photographs of pets who couldn’t attend – at this annual blessing. All are welcome.

“The feast day of St. Francis gives us an opportunity to give thanks for and bless God’s animal creations, especially those that are beloved parts of our families,” said the Rev. Robert Bacon, rector of St. Paul’s. “It’s a wonderful gathering of animals and the people who love them.”

The parish of St. Paul’s was founded in Lynnfield in 1917. It is a growing and multigenerational parish of the Episcopal Church that works to deepen the spiritual and social life of our community through diverse outreach activities in Lynnfield and surrounding communities. For more information about services and ministries at St. Paul’s, visit www.stpaulslynnfield.org.

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