The Lord is good to all: He has compassion for all he made.
Blessing of the Animals
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
This Sunday, October 4, 2022, is when many churches across the country celebrate St. Francis of Assisi. No other saint is more strongly associated with animals than St. Francis. During his life he developed a deep love of nature and is known as the patron saint of the environment and animals. He rejoiced in the value and beauty they bring to creation. His life and words have had a lasting resonance with millions of followers across the globe. Each October, many animals the world over are blessed on his feast day.
Every year, St. James holds a special chapel service to bless our pets and animal friends, to commemorate the life of St. Francis of Assisi, and to celebrate the unconditional love our pets bring into our lives. This year we will be celebrating Blessing of the animals by having the parents bring a pet (must be in a cage or on a leash), or students may bring a photograph or hand drawn picture of their pet to receive a blessing during this special chapel service. On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, Father Arnoldo will lead Chapel in the Magnolia Courtyard at 8:15am. Parents who will be bringing a live animal, may begin gathering around the magnolia tree starting at 8:00am. During the service Father Arnoldo will go around and say a blessing over each of the pets and pictures of pets that students bring.
We are excited to be able to continue this annual tradition and cannot wait to see everyone and their pets!