Bishop Richard J. Malone, bishop of Buffalo, is calling all creatures great and small to his front lawn on Saturday morning for a blessing of animals. The blessing will take place at 77 Oakland Place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, to mark the upcoming Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
"At this time of year, let's thank God for Creation," said
Bishop Malone. "Let's work to maintain its integrity through our concern for
the environment. Let's care for our animal friends. They're such reminders to
us of God's gentleness and love."
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that animals
are God's creatures, as we are. It goes on to say that animals give Glory to
God just by their very being. The blessing of animals has become an annual
custom in the Church, as a way to remember the love that St. Francis of Assisi
had for Creation.