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Pet blessing at Tampa church

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - The Franciscan Center on Perry Avenue along the Hillsborough River in Tampa invites pet owners to bring their animals for a pet blessing Wednesday evening.

The Blessing of Animals ceremony is in observances of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi to celebrate the saint's deep love of creation, the church representatives said. 
 
The center hopes to foster respect for the nature and preservation of the resources. The congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany at the center holds environmental protection as one of their organizing values, according to the center.

Father Sean O'Brien, Associate Pastor with the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, will lead the blessing ritual. No reservation necessary; the ceremony starts at 6 p.m.
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