Saturday, Oct. 6
Blessing of the Animals, 1 to 3 p.m., Endicott Park, 57 Forest St., Danvers. The Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas, rector of Calvary Episcopal Church, Danvers, will preside over the 10th annual blessing. Free. All faiths welcome. As part of the ceremony, Keith-Lucas lays hands on every animal that attends, praying for the blessings of a long life, good health and a caring, happy home. The event is held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. www.calvaryepiscopal-danvers.org/petministry/blessing2012.htm.
St. Francis Day: Blessing of the Animals, 2 p.m., St. Peter’s Church, 24 St. Peter St., Salem. As part of St. Francis Day, owners are invited to bring any and all types of pets to receive a blessing. Photos of pets are also welcome. Donations of pet food, toys, medical supplies and money are welcome, and will be donated to the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem. 978-745-2291.
“Misgivings,” 5:30 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5 Margin St., Salem/Peabody line. Father Patrick Aloysius presents stories and one-liners about growing up Catholic. From miracles and marriage counseling to bazaars and birth control, nothing escapes Father Patrick’s Irish wit. Event includes a raffle, Bingo game, and a ham and bean supper served at 5:30 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m. Donations accepted for church collection. $20/person. Purchase tickets at the door or by calling Linda, 508-843-8622, or Colleen, 978-531-2278.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Third Annual Blessing of Animals, noon, St. Agnes Parish, 22 Boston St., Middleton. Church will host its third annual Blessing of the Animals when pets can receive a blessing. Free. Deborah Charewicz, 978-777-3404.
Wednesday, Oct. 10
Maple Eves Women’s Group Meeting, 6 p.m., Maple Street Church, Social Hall, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Maple Eves Women’s Group of Maple Street Church will hold its first meeting of the year. Meeting includes a sing-along with Marj and potluck supper; bring a dish to share. Those that are interested in attending but aren’t on the Maple Eves call list may call the church office, 978-774-4510.