Father Chris, the pastor of St. Francis, leads the Blessing.
What does a little church have to do with a big race?
St. Francis Church at 308 Jefferson St. in Hoboken was founded 130 years ago on the mission of St. Francis - to love and care for all of God's creatures. He helped care for the poor, sick and needy and was known to speak with the animals. His Feast Day is Oct. 4 and on that day we host a special "Blessing of the Animals" mass that is open to all. Perfectly aligned with what St. Francis is known for, Pets & Their People 5K Run/Walk is an event to raise money and awareness for the Father Michael Food Pantry, which provides sandwiches and food to hundreds of families in need in our community. The Race Day is the Saturday following the Feast Day. On the Feast Day of Oct. 4 we invite racers/walkers to pick up their race packets and join us to have your pets blessed at mass at 7 PM.