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October 6, 2012

Church notes

El Salvadoran Pupusa dinner and craft sale

St. Paul’s Church,166 High St., Newburyport, will serve an authentic El Salvadoran Pupusa dinner and hold a craft sale today from 5 to 7 p.m.

A Pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick, handmade corn tortilla that is filled with a blend of cheese, meat or beans.

The craft sale will include beaded jewelry, pottery, wood carvings and more, direct from El Salvador.

Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children under age 12. Proceeds support St. Paul’s Church’s outreach to El Salvador. For more information, visit

Community flea market today

Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St, will be hosting a Fall Flea Market today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is open to the public. Spaces with one table are available for $20. Dealers and crafters are welcome. Rain date is Oct. 13.

For more information, contact Kelly Burke-Anderson at or 617-605-7524.

Blessing of Pets

in Amesbury

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., St. James Episcopal Church in Amesbury, 120 Main St., will celebrate its Annual St. Francis Day and Blessings of Pets. All pets and their owners are welcome to join us at 10 a.m. for a special celebration and Holy Eucharist for owners. Dog and cat treats along with fresh water will be available. Please have all pets on a leash or in pet carriers/cages. People treats will also be shared after the service.

Eighth annual Groveland Blessing of Animals

The Rev. Marya DeCarlen, rector of St. James Episcopal Church, 119 Washington St., Groveland, will preside over the eighth annual Blessing of the Animals, a beloved event, on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

The gathering will be wrapped around prayers and blessings for all God’s creation. As part of the ceremony, the Rev. DeCarlen will lay hands on every animal that attends, praying for the blessings of a long life, good health and a caring, happy home. The event is held in honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. Last year, a horse, chickens, cats, dogs, turtles, salamanders, rabbits and mice were among the animals blessed.

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