Three churches in the Columbus area will have services in memory of St. Francis of Assisi beginning Oct. 4.
The first is an 11 a.m. Mass on Oct. 4 at Christ the King Catholic Church of Pine Mountain. The address is 6700 Ga. 354, near the main entrance to Callaway Gardens.
The Rev. Ronnie Madden, pastor, said all members of the community are welcome to bring their animals for the blessing. “They don’t need to be Catholic animals,” he said in a statement.
All types of animals are welcome: dogs, cats, birds, monkeys and even cattle.
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A second service is 3 p.m. Oct. 5 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1130 First Ave., followed by a third event at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2100 Hilton Ave.
The phone number at Trinity is 706-322-5569. St. Thomas Church's phone number is 706-324-4264.
At each of the services, stuffed animals are also welcome.
St. Francis (c. 1181-1226) was known as the patron saint of animals.