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Pet blessing in Buffalo

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Thu, Oct 4th 2018 03:30 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral will hold a "blessing of the animals" service and outdoor event at 10 a.m.  Saturday, Oct. 6.
A short service in the cathedral at 10 a.m. will be followed by the blessing of the animals in Cathedral Park (until 11:30 a.m.). There will be treats for the pets, as well as cider and other autumn goodies. The public is welcome to attend this event with their pets.
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral is located at 139 Pearl St., Buffalo.
A new addition to the blessing this year will be the Buffalo Animal Shelter. Volunteers will bring adoptable pets from their not-for-profit shelter, which is located at 380 Oak St., Buffalo.
Blessing of animals or pets has become synonymous with the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which is celebrated by Christians on or around Oct. 4. St. Francis was the founder of the Franciscan Order and is associated with patronage of animals and the environment. 
St. Paul's strives to be not only the cathedral for The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, but for all who work, live and play in Buffalo and the region. It is classified as a National Historic Landmark. St. Paul's is now the permanent site for "Homeless Jesus," a sculpture installed in 2015 that attracts area residents as well as visitors from across the nation.

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