Blessing of the Animals set

The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held Friday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The blessing will take place outdoors in the grassy area behind the church.

Pastor Ralph Mueller of Ridgecrest Presbyterian will conduct the service. Deacon Sean Jones of Grace Lutheran Church will assist. Humane Society volunteers will be on hand to help with the animals.

“This service is a commemoration of the life and ministry of St. Francis of Assisi, who entered eternal life on Oct. 4, 1226,” said a spokesperson. “It was he who regularly reminded us, by his life, of the unity of all creation in God’s love. He reminded us too that all God’s creatures deserve our respect and love.”

All dogs must be on leashes and cats in carriers. Any other pets must also be under the control of the owner at all times. This event is open to all who want to have their animal friends blessed by the pastors. For further information please call Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church at 760- 375- 2214 or the Humane Society message phone at 760-876-0533.

Story First Published: 2019-09-27