The annual Blessing of the Animals is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis Assisi Church in the Town of Hamburg.
The blessing celebrates the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4., when people across the world will be honoring St. Francis, said the Rev. Ross Syracuse, parish pastor. The event will take place rain or shine near the Social Center, the pastor said.
"We are asking everyone to bring your pet for this special blessing," said the Rev. Syracuse. "Participants will receive a St. Francis medal and prayer card."
In addition, to honor St. Francis' care and concern for the poor and needy, participants are asked to bring a few canned goods or non-perishable items for donation to a local food pantry.
The church is located at 4263 St Francis Drive, Athol Springs.