To celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi , St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Carle Place conducted its traditional “Blessing of the Pets” service in its Parish Hall. The ceremony was preceded by a reception at which an enthusiastic audience of parishioners and friends were treated to an excellent performance by Ms. Laura Carrington’s Sunday School pupils. A free-will collection was taken and given to Last Hope, Inc , a not for profit animal rescue group dedicated to saving abandoned, unwanted and helpless dogs and cats.

The officiant said, “Our church’s mission is to reach out to the needs of the community, and St Francis’love of all of God’s creatures makes him a particularly appropriate figure head for this service. We encourage all animal lovers to join us at this community event even if they don’t have pets. St. Francis was born in 1181 into wealthy family and lived the “fast” life before being wounded in war. He was In recovery when he had a vision of Jesus Christ that turned his life around. Today his Franciscan Order, dedicated to the care of the poor, the sick and needy exists in many churches: Anglican/ Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Lutheran to name just a few, and many churches now celebrate his legacy by holding special “Blessing of the Pets” services.”

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Carle Place, a landmark, has been called “the little church with the big heart.”Since 1926 Christians of all denominations have made the church their spiritual home. The church is located at 252 Rushmore Avenue between Glen Cove and Roslyn Avenues. For more information visit

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