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We Love Our Pets
We all have pictures and stories about our pets that we love to share so If you have a pet that you love and would like to
share a picture , a video, and a story we would love to hear from you .
My cat Buddi he isn't with me any longer
but he loved the computer and he was a real buddy.
St. Francis of Assisi
Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;for it is in giving that we receive,it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,and it is in dying
that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.
Helping Animals
A Prayer to St. Francis for pets.
Good St. Francis,you loved all of God's creatures.
To you they were your brothers and sisters.
Help us to follow your example of treating every living thing with kindness.
St. Francis,Patron Saint of animals,
watch over my pet and keep my companion safe and healthy.
Amen.
(Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi; born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, but nicknamed Francesco ("the Frenchman") by his father; 1181
– October 3, 1226)  was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St.
Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers, followed by the early
members of the Order of Friars Minor, or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic
priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Francis' father was Pietro di Bernardone, a prosperous silk merchant. Francis lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man,
even fighting as a soldier for Assisi.  While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost
his taste for his worldly life.  On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's Basilica.  The experience moved him to
live in poverty.  Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His Order was authorized by
Pope Innocent III in 1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed religious order for women, as well as the
Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance (commonly called the Third Order).

In 1219, he went to Egypt in an attempt to convert the Sultan to put an end to the conflict of the Crusades.  By this point, the Franciscan
Order had grown to such an extent that its primitive organizational structure was no longer sufficient. He returned to Italy to organize the
Order. Once his community was authorized by the Pope, he withdrew increasingly from external affairs. In 1223, Francis arranged for the
first Christmas nativity scene.  In 1224, he received the stigmata,  making him the first recorded person to bear the wounds of Christ's
Passion. He died during the evening hours of October 3, 1226, while listening to a reading he had requested of Psalm 142.

On July 16, 1228, he was proclaimed a saint by Pope Gregory IX. He is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment, and is
one of the two patron saints of Italy (with Catherine of Siena). It is customary for Catholic and Anglican churches to hold ceremonies
blessing animals on his feast day of October 4.  He is also known for his love of the Eucharist,  his sorrow during the Stations of the
Cross, and for the creation of the Christmas crèche or Nativity Scene.Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi; born
Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, but nicknamed Francesco ("the Frenchman") by his father; 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226)  was an
Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of
Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers, followed by the early members of the Order of Friars
Minor, or the monastic lives of the Poor Clares. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most
venerated religious figures in history.
ST Francis in Eric Michel Shrine at the ministers residence