Once again taking up the mantle of St. Francis of Assissi, the congregation of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will welcome pets and their owners for a special blessing this weekend.

The saint’s annual feast day falls on Oct. 4, and the members of the 314 N. Henderson Blvd. church honor the patron saint of animals and the environment with a Saturday morning outdoor service for their furred and feathered companions.

With registration at 10 a.m. Oct. 5, the 2019 Blessing of the Animals is set for 10:30 a.m. in the church’s parking lot. The congregations livens up the event with an animal pet parade and a contest with numerous prizes for Largest Pet, Smallest, Best of Show, Best Costume and Most Unusual. The annual ‘Owner/Pet Look-a-Like’ category is a typical crowd-pleaser.

The day includes free St. Francis of Assissi medals for the first 30 participants in addition to light refreshment – for both pets and owners.

Find more about the church via Facebook.com/StPaulsEpiscopalKilgore.

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