An animal blessing will take place next week at St. Mary Catholic Church, 684 S. Third St., to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who is considered the patron saint of wild animals.

An animal blessing will take place next week at St. Mary Catholic Church, 684 S. Third St., to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who is considered the patron saint of wild animals.

The blessing will be Oct. 4 on the front lawn of the church. Guests are asked to arrive at 10 a.m. and the blessing is set to start at 10:30 a.m.