This Sunday, October 4, is Saint Francis of Assisi Feast Day (it happens to fall on Sunday this year). Because he was known as the patron saint of animals, many churches hold a Blessing of the Animals.
In addition, a group began celebrating World Animal Day on October 4 back in 1931; all lifeforms are celebrated and honored.
Luis and I are going to take Lupe to Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church at 15th and P NW at 10 a.m. and have her blessed. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you are a member of the church. (Friends told me that The Washington National Cathedral has a Bless of the Animals this Sunday at 2:30 p.m.) For other locations, check church websites or call them. Read the full story