On October 2, the Grove community gathered to give thanks and to participate in the annual Blessing of the Animals. Saint Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of all creatures. His Feast Day falls on a date close to Thanksgiving. Consequently, the Grove community takes advantage of this occasion both to give thanks and to offer blessings.
This year, a wide variety of creatures, four-legged, two-legged, and some that slither, accompanied their owners to Chapel. The assembled masses were in the usual festive and happy mood. With some accompaniment from the visiting creatures, the Grove community offered up several hymns of thanksgiving, sung with full gusto.
Owners and their pets were invited to the sanctuary for the blessing. This also included some stuffed animals as proxies for pets at home.
In all, the evening was a fine celebration begun with a sumptuous full turkey dinner prior to the Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing of the Animals.