PET BLESSINGS Local churches
The traditional blessing of animals celebrates the life of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day is Oct. 4. Blessing of pets and other animals will take place at the following churches:
St. Joseph the Provider Roman Catholic Church, 633 Porter Ave., Campbell, at noon Oct. 1. Information: (330) 755-0266.
St. Matthias Church, 915 Cornell St., Youngstown, at noon Oct. 2. Information: (330) 788-5082.
St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown, at 6 p.m. Oct. 4. Information: (330) 743-1109.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4490 Norquest Blvd., Austintown, at 10 a.m. Oct. 8. Information: (330) 793-9988.