Every year on a Sunday afternoon, close to the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Trinity Episcopal Church in Arkansas City has an animal blessing ceremony.

From 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday/Oct. 9, the church invites everyone to bring companion animals to an outdoor service, where they will offer thanks to God for the love of these companions. There also will be an opportunity to offer thanks for the companion animals attendees have lost.

A priest will bless each animal and ask that the love of God continue to shine through them to the people in their lives.

Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 224 North A St. in Arkansas City. Sunday worship services begin at 11 a.m.

Call (620) 221-4252 with questions.