The Annual Blessing of the Animals will take place outdoors on the lawn of the Bethel United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at 1 p.m. The church is located at 79 Main Street in Bethel.
All animals, from horses to hamsters, are welcome to attend. They should be on a leash or in a cage. Everyone is invited to participate, including those without an animal friend with them. A prayer will be said and each animal will be gently sprinkled with holy water.
Stuffed toy animals and pictures of pets will also be blessed. If people would like to donate new stuffed animals, they will be blessed and given to local organizations to distribute as gifts during the holiday season.
The Blessing of the Animals remembers St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is Oct. 4. St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, is remembered for his love of all creatures. The blessing also recognizes the important place that pets have in our lives.
Following the blessing there will be refreshments for the animals and their human friends.