Blessing of the Animals Friday | Pets
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It's the only of the year day animals are allowed in church. Friday is the celebration of the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his love of animals.
To celebrate the day, the Columbia Police Department is hosting a Blessing of the Animals Friday at 3 p.m. The ceremony is at the department's headquarters at 1 Justice Square in Columbia.
CPD Chaplain Father Anthony Guinta will deliver the blessing. Some of the department's K9 officers will be there.
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church on Assembly Street in Columbia also is hosting animal blessings at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m in the garden next to the church.
People who cannot take their pets with them can take photos of their pets and have them blessed by proxy.
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