Thursday, September 13, 2007

St. Francis of Assisi and Blessing of Animals

PAWS and Beautify CNMI!’s Animal Welfare Committee are delighted to announce that Mt. Carmel Catholic Church will be recognizing the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, October 7, 2007 by holding a Blessing of the Animals at 8:00 a.m. The Blessing will be performed by Father Ryan out by the Mt. Carmel Fountain.

St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the ecology, was a Roman Catholic saint who took the gospel literally by following all Jesus said and did.In celebration of this patron saint, members of the community and their pets are invited to attend a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 7, 2007 at 8:00 a.m.

The blessing should only take about thirty minutes, so people should have time to make safe arrangements to return their animals back home before the 9 a.m. Mass, which will be held in honor of St. Francis.

We are looking for Catholic pet owners who are willing to participate in the Mass. More specifically, we need people to do the Readings, General Inter-Session, and Offerings. If you would be interested in participating in the Mass, please contact Katie Busenkell at or Father Ryan at

It is important to note that ALL people and their animals, regardless of their faith, are invited to attend this special mass and receive a blessing.The following is an article on St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals. If you wish to learn more about Saint Francis, please visit

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