On October 4, 2015, the Redeemer had its First Annual Blessing of the Animals outside the front doors of the church.
We wanted to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the "Blessing of the Animals" stemming from Francis' own love for all Earth's creatures. As religious author Jon M. Sweeney wrote, "St. Francis is the among the most popular Catholic saints. He is the one who preached to the birds; blessed fish that had been caught, releasing them back into the water; communicated with wolves, brokering an agreement between one famous ferocious wolf and the citizens of a town that were terrified of it and used real animals when he created the very first, live, Christmas nativity scene." As a result of these, Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment.
Many parishioners brought their pet animal - either the real or doll variety - for a blessing by Rev. Mike.