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RELIGION BRIEFS Ana Pankey watches as her daughter, Valeria, holds the family dog to receive the blessing from the Rev. Fredrick Robinson, rector of the Church of the Redeemer, during the parish's Blessing of the Animals event in 2012. Contributed photo ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS TO BE HELD AT REDEEMER The Church of the Redeemer, located at 222 S. Palm Ave. in downtown Sarasota, will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals event on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. Redeemer holds this public event each year in recognition of St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order and patron saint of animals, the release notes. The event will be conducted on the Palm Avenue Terrace. All members of the community are warmly invited to bring dogs, turtles, cats, birds, fish or any other pet — as long as each pet is safely leashed or caged, a news release says. 
 On the Feast Day of St. Francis, which is Friday, Oct. 4, Redeemer will also offer readings for St. Francis during its 10 a.m. morning Mass. For more information, contact the parish office at 955-4263, or visit

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