The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi commemorates the life of St. Francis. The Blessing of the Animals is celebrated close to the Feast of St. Francis each year. Born in the 12th century, St. Francis of Assisi is remembered for his generosity to the poor, his willingness to minister to the lepers, and for his love for animals and nature. Animals are part of creation and humans must be responsible stewards over them. This service allows the rare opportunity to bring pets to church to receive individual blessings.