Local church to offer animal blessings

MARFA — Have an animal? Need it blessed? St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marfa has got you covered.

This Sunday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m., the church will offer an animal blessing and celebration in conjunction with the Blackwell School Alliance — with all proceeds going to the school.

“The church is very generous with their fundraisers,” said organizer Gretel Enck when asked about the Blackwell School’s involvement. “They do things like this from time to time to benefit nonprofits in town.”

Large and small pets are all invited — so long as they’re well behaved.

Pets don’t have to come, though, to receive a blessing. Guests can also bring photographs of their pets or “simply bring the love of your animal in your heart,” according to event organizers.

The Blessing of the Animals is held as part of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which falls on October 4. St. Francis is known in the Roman Catholic tradition as the patron saint of animals due to his connection and love for non-human (and human!) creatures.

After the blessing, there will also be a performance by folk musicians Jon Hogan and Maria Moss — a duo known for playing everything from soul and gospel to vintage country.

The event is free for all and light refreshments will be served — though donations are also encouraged.