BAR HARBOR — The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, known by many as the patron saint of animals and the environment, is on Saturday, Oct. 4. In celebration, St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church will be offering a free public ceremony for the blessing of pets and companion at 2 p.m. that day in Grant Park at the end of Albert Meadow near the Shore Path in Bar Harbor.
All sorts of animals are welcome, so long as they are in pet carriers or on a leash and under control. If your animal companion does not do well in crowds or with other animals, you may bring a photo, a favorite toy or some sort of representation of your animal to be blessed instead. There will also be an opportunity to remember and honor departed pets. You are invited to bring a photo or other memento of them.
The Reverend Tim Fleck, Priest-in-Charge of St. Saviour, said, “Animals are an important part of our lives – our pets as well as the wild animals among whom we live here on MDI. Many of us have learned how to love and to be loved in our relationships with animals, and have experienced closeness with God through appreciation of creation. It’s only natural that we should want to give thanks for the blessings of nature.”