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Fr. Ric Schneider, OFM, blesses Cincinnati Police K-9 Felix during a visit to St. Ursula Villa in Cincinnati. Photo by Sr. Eileen Connelly, OSU

There was plenty of opportunity to celebrate St. Francis surrounding his Oct. 4 feast day, from a parish festival, to pet blessings, to lessons about the beloved saint who cared for all of creation.

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A cute pup receives a handshake (paw shake) from Fr. Jeremy Harrington, OFM, during the pet blessing at Church of the Transfiguration in S outhfield, Mich. Photo by Fr. Jeff Harrington, OFM

Pet blessings around the Province

St. Francis loved all of creation and especially creatures. The annual pet blessings are always hugely popular.

All around the Province of St. John the Baptist,, friars blessed animals of all sorts, sizes, and shapes at the Pet Blessing ceremonies at their parishes and schools.

See the photos of the Pet blessings at St. Clement Church, St. Francis Seraph Church, and St. Ursula Villa School by Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, and Sr. Eileen Connelly, OSU, on our Flickr album, Pet Blessings around the Province.

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Pet blessing at St. Francis Seraph in Cincinnati, left, Pastor Al Hirt, OFM, blesses a puppy after mass. Right, Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, blesses a gorgeous red bird. Photos by Sr. Eileen Connelly, OSU.

Remembering the Transitus of St. Francis

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Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, offers a reflection as Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, looks on.

Members of the Franciscan family came together at both St. Clement Parish in St. Bernard, Ohio, and Church of the Transfiguration in Southfield, Mich., Sept. 3 for Transitus.

From the earliest days of the Order, Franciscans have gathered to mark the passing of St. Francis, the holy moment when he meets our God. It is an evening of prayer, song and remembrances of the loving and humble saint, who, because of his hope and trust in the Lord, did not fear death. Rather, he chose to embrace the passing to eternal life with peace in his heart, referring to death as his “sister.” In this way, he continues to inspire hope and courage in his followers.

See the photos of Transitus at St. Clement Church by Fr. Frank Jasper, OFM, and Chris Meyer on our Flickr album Transitus 2021.

Watch St. Clement’s video of the live streaming at Stream Spot: https://venue.streamspot.com/e2bb2a3b

Watch Transfiguration’s video of the live streaming on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/transfigurationsouthfield

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Members of Holy Family Church stir the turtle soup in preparation for the parish festival.

Holy Family Church

The annual parish festival for Holy Family Church in Oldenburg, Ind., is always the Sunday nearest the Feast of St. Francis.

Parishioners worked hard to provide “drive-thru” chicken and beef dinners. Home-made mock-turtle soup, is a parish tradition.

Pet Blessings were throughout the day.

Photos by Pastor Carl Langenderfer, OFM.

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Volunteers hard at work during the Holy Family drive through festival.