St. Francis of Assisi devoted his life to the poor and vulnerable. He had a special connection to animals. October 4th is his feast day. On Friday, October 3rd Valle Catholic parents were invited to bring family pets to the Valle Desert where Father Greg Klump, associate pastor of Ste. Genevieve Church, led the prayer and blessing.
“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”