Blessing of the pets Sunday

The annual Blessing of the Animals will take place on Sunday Oct. 2, in conjunction with the  Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (patron saint of animals)  at 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Divine Anglican Church fenced yard at 579 5th Street, Courtenay.

Each pet will be individually blessed. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier. Photographs may also be brought to honour pets that prefer not to travel.  Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the church office at 250-334-4331/250-897-8569 or visit