Grace Episcopal Church, located at 600 Cleveland Avenue in downtown Plainfield, will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 3, at 10 a.m. on the front lawn of the church, located at 600 Cleveland Avenue, on the corner of Seventh Street and Cleveland Avenue in downtown Plainfield.

The Blessing of the Animals is held every year at Christian churches all over the world to remember St. Francis of Assissi, patron saint of animals, whose feast day is October 4.  On or near that day, people bring their dogs and cats, hamsters, birds, fish, hamsters or any other furry, feathered or finned member of the animal kingdom, for a special blessing.

Rev. Gideon Uzomechina, priest-in-charge at Grace, encourages all pet owners or friends of pets to bring their special animal to Grace to be blessed on October 3.  “Remember that our pets and all animals are a part of the kingdom of God.  We want to give thanks to God for them and provide God’s blessings for our pets and all animals when we bless the animals,” said Father Gideon.  

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