Pets come to church on Sunday

St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church will host the annual Blessing of the Animals at 10:15 a.m. Sun., Oct. 2 on the outdoor patio behind the church, 280 Royal Ave., Simi Valley.

The community is invited to bring pets for individual blessings by the priest. A worship service of Holy Eucharist will take place.

Pets must be leashed or in a carrier. Pet owners are responsible for transporting their animals to and from the event.

Blessing animals traditionally takes place on or near St. Francis’ feast day in early October. St. Francis welcomed animals as part of God’s creation.

For more information, call the church at (805) 526-5141 or email