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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 28, 2015

ST. MARK’S CHURCH HOSTS FREE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015 AT 4:30 P.M.

NEWS from St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Los Olivos
For Immediate Release: September 25, 2015
For Further Information Contact:
The Rev. Dr. Randall Day, Priest & Rector; (805) 688-4454 or info@SMITV.org and www.SMITV.org

ST. MARK’S CHURCH HOSTS FREE BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS FESTIVAL
ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2015 AT 4:30 P.M.
~Public invited to bring all creatures great and small for annual blessing
StMarksBlessingoftheAnimals 10-13-13.JPG 100_5591.JPG Rev Randall Day blesses Baby Doll Sheep Snowball and Brownie 10-6-14.JPG
Left to right: At previous St. Mark’s Blessing of the Animals Festival, animals and their human companions gather on the lawn at St. Mark’s in Los Olivos. The Rev. Dr. Randall Day blesses Happy, an African Sulcata tortoise as well as two Baby Doll Sheep named Snowball and Brownie all owned by the Cassidy family. (These and other photos available hi-rez upon request from laura@mariahmarketing.com)

Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County, California— The public is invited to attend St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church free “Blessing of the Animals Festival” on Sunday, October 4, 2015, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the church located at 2901 Nojoqui Avenue in downtown Los Olivos. This blessing of the animals is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures great and small on his feast day of October 4th.

All ages are welcome to bring pets (on a lead or in a crate) for a special individual prayer of blessing by The Rev. Dr. Randall Day, Priest & Rector of St. Mark’s starting at 5:00 p.m. A reception will follow the service featuring animal treats and water for pets; plus sodas, wine & cheese for their humans to enjoy. The service will be a casual one, held outdoors in front of the church. (In the rare case of inclement weather, the festival will be held inside the church’s Stacy Hall.) If a pet cannot be transported or is unable to attend, a photograph can be blessed instead. Children are also welcome to bring stuffed animal toys for a blessing.

The Rev. Dr. Randall Day, St. Mark’s Priest and Rector remarked, “These creatures are our companions and friends and we as loving humans can learn from them, especially when it comes to living in the moment. Our pets will never discuss their five-year plans and they will never talk about how they regretted eating that last biscuit. They are here to remind us that we are alive now, to be awake and show us the spirit. We welcome all residents and visitors to join us in this celebration of animals.” For more information, contact the Church office at (805) 688-4454 or visit www.SMITV.org
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St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos, CA 93441; (805) 688-4454 www.SMITV.org

Contact

The Rev. Dr. Randall Day, Priest & Rector; (805) 688-4454 or info@SMITV.org and www.SMITV.org

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