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St. Paul’s hosts 12th annual Pet Blessing Oct. 4

Lynne Jacobson waits with friends during last year’s Pet Blessing at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in DeKalb. This year's event will be Oct. 4.
Lynne Jacobson waits with friends during last year’s Pet Blessing at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in DeKalb. This year's event will be Oct. 4.

DeKALB – With a large swath of property between Normal Road and Garden Avenue near the Northern Illinois University campus, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is in a unique position to use the remaining temperate days to offer community events.

The congregation has been tending to a vegetable garden that has provided food for several local food pantries through the summer, and expects to offer outside services on at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and noon Thursdays through the fall months (weather permitting).

While St. Paul’s 52nd annual Lobster Boil fundraiser was canceled due to the restrictions in place last spring, conditions seem amenable to offer the 12th annual Pet Blessing on the front lawn of the parish.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites animal lovers to bring their favorite four-legged friends and other creatures to a Community Pet Blessing Celebration, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. Social distancing protocols will be in place for the event.

The Pet Blessing is traditionally celebrated on first Sunday in October which is close to the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his affection toward animals of all kinds. Animal lovers are invited to bring their pets for a celebration of their life. The Rev. Barbara A.T. Wilson of St. Paul’s will offer personal blessings for each pet. Pets of all sizes are welcome to attend. The church has ample parking for larger pets and livestock as well. Photographs may also be brought to honor pets who prefer not to travel.

The celebration will be held in the front yard of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road in DeKalb. For the safety and health of the animals, animals are encouraged to be present in crates, carriers, and/or on leashes as appropriate. For the safety and health of the animal owners, be prepared to observe social distancing protocols, including masks.

Come and meet pets looking for homes from Tails Humane Society. Donations of puppy and kitten food, kitty litter, dish soap, hand sanitizer and hand soap, newspapers, and paper towels for Tails will also be collected.

For more information, contact St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 815-756-4888 or visit www.stpaulsdekalb.org.

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