Although World Animal Day isn't until October 4th, most churches celebrate World Animal Day on the Sunday closest to that date with a Blessing of the Pets.
So early this afternoon we gathered under the bells at Saint Mary's of the Pines in Manahawkin at the Jersey Shore. It wasn't your usual chatting groups after 11:30 mass.
Let the Blessings Begin
My Dad & Diego
October 4th was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Numerous churches throughout the world observe the Sunday closest to October 4th with a Blessing for the Animals.