At Faith, we recognize the blessings that pets and animals bring to our lives. Our appreciation for animals is the cornerstone of our annual Blessing of the Animals event on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi in early October. This year’s blessing included a pet adoption event supporting The Ark of San Juan, a rescue shelter. Later in the fall, Rev. Dawn Vukich blessed about 50 horses in a special ceremony at Nellie Gail Equestrian Center. For more, see the article in the Orange County Register. Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)