A special Mass celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Stein Campus, 2801 E. Morgan Ave. Bishop Jim Schuerman will preside at the liturgy, beginning at 10 a.m. in the center’s atrium.
In the spirit of St. Francis, patron saint of animals, there will be a blessing of the animals following Mass at 11 a.m. in the center’s east parking lot. “It’s fitting that we bless the animals who bless our lives in so many ways,” says David Kenny, St. Ann Center’s vice president of Pastoral Care. If the actual animal is not able to be present, it can be represented by a picture or its collar, leash, food or toy.
St. Ann Center provides health and educational day services to the frail elderly, adults with special needs and children, all under one roof. The center champions a home-based, intergenerational approach that emphasizes the dignity of each client and child. A corporate ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, its mission is based on the Franciscan values: reverencing all creation, making peace, showing compassion and creating a caring community.
For more information on the celebration, call David Kenny at 414-977-5075.