Every year for the last 8 years Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church on Old French Road in Erie has held a “Blessing of the Animals” during the week of Saint Frances’ feast. Members and those who come here strictly to have their pets blessed, but may attend another parish normally, brought their dogs, cats, bunnies and even a bird to be blessed by Rev. Dr. Don Baxter. It is quite the sight to see these creatures inside the worship hall. Some people brought pictures of their pets who couldn’t manage the commotion. Father Baxter tells us that it is important to celebrate the joy and unconditional love our furry companions give us.