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Blessing to mark World Animal Day on Feast of St Francis of Assisi

Brisbane Catholics have been invited to bring their pets to a suburban parish on Sunday for the traditional blessing of the animals.

The animals lovers will parade their pets around the grounds of St John Fisher Church, Holland Park West, before the gathering enters the church to conclude 9:00 am mass.

This annual event has been celebrated by Annerley/Ekibin Parish for the past three years.

According to the Petnet Australia website, the objectives of World Animal Day are "to highlight the enjoyable aspects of pet ownership and recognise the important contribution animals make to society".

The Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi is commemorated as World Animal Day because he is the Patron Saint of all animals. As the founder of the order of Franciscan friars, he embraced all God's creatures and referred to the animals as his brothers and sisters.

Archdiocese of Brisbane

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Annerley Parish

4 Oct 2002