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Church hosts Blessing of Animals on Sunday

St. Juan Diego Catholic Church is hosting its first 'Blessing of Animals' at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

Parishioners are invited to bring their pets to the church for a special blessing by founding pastor, the Rev. John Kerns.

The church is at 5995 N.W. 178th Ave., at the corner of Springville Road across from Portland Community College's Rock Creek campus.

This age-old tradition of blessing animals is celebrated on or about the Catholic Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. The Feast Day is Oct. 4. St. Francis, who lived from 1181 to 1226, was known for his joyful preaching of the Gospel, often accompanied by singing.

For more information about the blessing event, call Kathy Yee at 503-644-1617.