Blessing of the Animals

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church
571 Holt Road
Marietta, GA, 30068

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a service of the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m. at the front doors of the church.

All our four-legged friends are invited and welcomed to receive a blessing from The Rev. C. Dean Taylor. In previous years, blessings have been bestowed upon dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, ferrets and even an iguana! Please bring your pet leashed or caged as appropriate.

Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (who became St. Francis after his death) was an Italian friar and preacher who lived from 1181-1226.  He was venerated as a saint in 1228.  According to legend, he created the Christmas Crèche or nativity scene and is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters”, and considered nature to be the reflection of God.

St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church is a 55-year-old congregation in East Cobb and offers three worship services each Sunday, at 8:009:00 and 11:15am, with Holy Communion served at each service.   Church school for both the young and young-at-heart is at 10am. The church is located at 571 Holt Road, Marietta, GA, 30068. All are welcome. 

Caption: The Rev. Susan Johnson blesses the animals at a service commemorating the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.