Sunday, October 7, 2012
Scarecrow Festival Meets Feast of St. Francis
We are headed back to our town's awesome Festival of Scarecrows. Today's entrants are a group of three from the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. The sprinklers were on when I took this photo, but they smiled happily in welcome when I approached, nonetheless. Last night, I saw that they received an Honorable Mention, and they definitely deserved it. Such a cute little group.
Today at noon, Ascension will be holding their annual Blessing of the Animals, in commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals (and the environment!), and arguably the most popular of all the named saints.
Not only are animals of all religions welcome at the Blessing of the Animals, the Junior and Senior Youth Groups of the church will be providing pet-sitting on the North Lawn, during the 10:15 service. The ad on the Sierra Madre News Website does caution participants that some of the animals may need a "leash or carrier." Good advice!