Weekly Message


October 4th is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is known for his love of all creatures big and
small. He is the patron saint of animals. Pope Francis took his name to honor St. Francis. Like St. Francis,
Pope Francis has a great concern for the poor and encourages a dialogue for a stronger Church.
Here are some things you may not know about St. Francis:

St. Francis is also the patron saint of the environment, the cub scouts, stowaways, merchants, Italy and San
Francisco. He was born into wealth and gave it all up to preach the word of Jesus and was the founder of the
Franciscans. He was never ordained. St. Claire was a follower of St. Francis. He is also known as the creator
of the Christmas crèche.

At both Our Lady of The Assumption and Our Lady of Victory we have places where we honor St. Francis.
At OLA a statue of St. Francis is next to the Annex and OLV has a statue of St. Francis in the St. Clare Garden.
In honor of the feast of St. Francis there will be a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 5th at 1pm in the
back parking lot of OLV. All are welcome to bring your pets for a special blessing. We will also be accepting
donations of pet food at all Masses as well as at the blessing for our local pet shelters.

Thanks for joining me on my faith journey,
Bill Bussiere