JOHN DAY - A 900-year-old tradition will soon be rekindled at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. The blessing of pets and animals will be held in front of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church after mass at approximately 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, and 9:50 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5.

St. Francis of Assisi, a Franciscan monk of the 12th century, is known to be the Patron Saint of animals. He was very respectful of nature and is also the Patron Saint of Ecology. His feast day in the Catholic Church is celebrated on Oct. 4, and for this reason, Father Julian Cassar will be leading a short ceremony to bless all pets and animals brought to the front of St. Elizabeth Church on Canyon Boulevard. A small medal of St Francis will be given to each person who brings an animal.

The same service will be held at each of the mission churches at Dale and Monument on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Everyone with a pet or animal (preferably on a leash) is welcome to attend. For more information call Father Julian Cassar at (541) 575-1459.

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