All God’s creatures, along with their human owners, are invited to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, for what church leaders are dubbing a “Blessing of the Animals” event.

The blessing is being held after the church’s 10 a.m. worship service and in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis of Assisi is remembered as the patron saint of animals and the environment. Born in Italy in 1182, he was noted for his commitment to justice and deep love of all creation. He died on Oct. 3, 1226, so the church celebrates his life and ministry each year around that time in early October.

Pets will receive individual blessings along with a St. Francis medal appropriate for affixing to collars. Treats will be provided for pets, and a hot-dog cart will be serving free hot dogs for pet owners.

“There’s no doubt that pets enrich our lives. Don’t miss this opportunity to acknowledge the special relationship you have with your pet,” said the Rev. Dan Morrow. St. Paul’s is at 822 Washington St. in Oregon City.

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