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I've always loved St. Francis. He's a Saint who speaks to so many no matter their religious leanings. I loved that he was called to rebuild the Church, was an example of simple living and care for weaker creatures.
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If you'd like to recognize this simple, loving man on October 4th here are some ideas that don't require a lot of time or preparation.
- Volunteer at the Local Animal Shelter - particularly a good idea for older children. Call ahead to know their requirements and needs.
- Give to the Local Animal Shelter - most shelters keep a running list online or in their office of goods currently needed. Set a spending limit and let your children help pick out the items to take.
- Set up a bird feeder or squirrel feeder in your backyard - or clean out and restock ones you already have.
- Schedule check-ups for family pets - today's a good day to remind yourself to make sure everyone's shots and dental cleanings are up to date.
- Freshen up your pets food, water and bedding - it's a good time before it gets cold to check out any outside kennels, pens, etc. for repairs before the winter.
- Offer to do the three above for an elderly relative or neighbor - the extra care helps the pet and the person.
- Become a member (or renew a subscription) to a Wildlife Conservatory or donate to a local Zoo or Wildlife Preserve - let your kids pick out a project that speaks to them.
- Make your own bird feeders - spread peanut butter on bagels, roll in birdseed and hand on a tree or large bush. Call around to local grocery store or bakery and you might get a good deal on day old bagels! I've pinned a few ideas on my Liturgical Year - Fall board
- Read the Canticle of the Sun together! We love this version,Brother Sun, Sister Moon
- Volunteer some time (perhaps during the whole month) to do some acts of service at your church - many churches need help preparing the ground for winter around this time of year and St. Francis himself was told to "Rebuild the Church!".
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