MENIFEE – Menifee United Church of Christ will bless the animals at its worship service Sunday, Oct. 8. Many churches bless the animals in early October around the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
“God created all the animals of the earth,” the Rev. Bill Freeman said. “So I believe God would want us to bless them as God does.”
In addition to members of Menifee UCC bringing their animals to church to be blessed, children who don’t have a pet are encouraged to bring their stuffed animals to be blessed. People may also bring a picture of a living or deceased pet to the service, and Freeman will bless them as well. Members of the community are invited to come to the blessing of the animals. Menifee United Church of Christ conducts worship services 11 a.m. Sundays at 26701 McCall Blvd. in Menifee.