St. John’s Church, 297 Lowell Ave., Newtonville, will host the annual Blessing of Animals at 10 a.m. Oct. 6.

The blessing will take part during the 10 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharist. Pets are welcome, and stuffed animals can be blessed in lieu of a pet. The blessing of animals is conducted in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the 12th century saint who was told to speak to the birds and calmed a ferocious wolf. The blessing will take part during the Holy Eucharist.

For more information: 617-964-2591.