Blessing of Animals to recognize St. Francis of Assisi Sept. 29

September 21, 2013 

Ana Pankey watches her daughter, Valeria, hold the family dog to receive the blessing from the Rev. Fredrick Robinson, rector of the Church of the Redeemer, during the parish's Blessing of the Animals event in 2012. The church, at 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota, will hold this year's annual Blessing of the Animals at 4 p.m. Sept. 29 on the Palm Avenue Terrace. The public may bring dogs, turtles, cats, birds, fish, or any pet safely leashed or caged. Redeemer holds this event each year in recognition of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order and patron saint of animals. On the Feast Day of St. Francis, Oct. 4, Redeemer will also offer readings for St. Francis during its 10 a.m. Mass. Information: 941-955-4263, or visit redeemersarasota.org. PHOTO PROVIDED

SARASOTA -- The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., in downtown Sarasota, will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at 4 p.m. Sept. 29.

The blessing will be held on the Palm Avenue Terrace. Open to the public to bring dogs, turtles, cats, birds, fish, or any pet safely leashed or caged.

Redeemer holds this event each year in recognition of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order and patron saint of animals.

On the Feast Day of St. Francis, Oct. 4, Redeemer will also offer readings for St. Francis during its 10 a.m. Mass.

Information: 941-955-4263, or visit go to redeemersarasota.org.

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