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Pet blessings abound for the Feast of St. Francis

The feast of St. Francis of Assisi was this past Wednesday, and was commuted by many parishes to Sunday. As the saint is associated with animals, many churches hold a “blessing of the pets,” when parishioners can bring in their pets, or symbols of their pets, such as a collar or favorite toy, for blessing.

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Embodying Peace

Even as we are plunged into a time of overwhelming sorrow, there is power in knowing that together we grieve, but then we can choose to honor those who have lost their lives by this time not turning back to our own concerns.

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Speaking to the Soul: Taking on poverty

by Maria Evans


Feast Day of Francis of Assisi


Psalm 148:7-14

Jeremiah 22:13-16

Galatians 6:14-18

Matthew 11:25-30


As much as any of us who love animals love St. Francis, in recent years his reputation has gotten a little kitchy.  A quick Google search reveals pages and pages of pet ID tags with his image, statuary galore (including one where you can choose the breed of a deceased pet statue to be mounted with St. Francis, as well as a tag with that pet’s name on it), […]

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Churches are returning to the Diocese of San Joaquin

Sue Nowicki of the Modesto Bee writes:

The knock echoed loudly Sunday afternoon through the sanctuary of St. Francis Episcopal Church. It was the Rev. Chester Talton, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin, rapping with his crosier and asking for permission to

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