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Blessing of the Animals to take place Oct. 2

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Father Kien Kieu of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anza will bless some of Anza residents’ pets Saturday, Oct. 2, in a particular ceremony.

Catholic custom affords the Blessing of the Animals in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi’s love for all God’s creatures. Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, honoring all the Lord’s dwelling issues. “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.”