An afternoon of fun with animals on Sunday, Oct. 6! Free to all!

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Westfield is observing the Feast of St. Francis with a festive celebration of animals, including a Blessing of the Animals service, on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 1-4 p.m. on the front lawn at the corner of E. Broad St. and Saint Paul Street.

The feast commemorates the life of St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century, and is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

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Featured activities include a free petting zoo, pet adoption tents, face painting, bake sale treats for pups and people, the Seeing Eye of NJ information table and homemade dog toys. This celebration is free and open to all.

You’re invited to bring a pet (on a leash or in a carrier) for a blessing. Stuffed animals welcome too! St. Paul Street will be closed off for pedestrians. The outdoor service with music will begin at 1:30. In the event of rain, the location will be Hamersley Hall on St. Paul Street.