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Local Churches Offer Pet Blessings

Local churches and organizations will mark the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi this weekend with pet blessing ceremonies.

Local churches are preparing to celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, by blessing the pets in their community.

According to the American Catholic website, Francis, whose feast day is October 4, loved the larks flying over the hilltop in his town. He and his early followers allowed themselves to be displaced by a donkey at the small hotel where they were staying.

Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things: “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.”

This weekend, local churches are planning to bless pets in keeping with St. Francis’s recognition of people’s love and bond with God’s creatures.

Churches all around the area, will welcome animals with this special Blessing of the Pets:

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.”

Source: American Catholic

Pet Blessing Ceremonies:

  • Infant Jesus of Prague, 1131 Douglas Ave., 3 p.m. at the Holy Family Statue at the south end of the parking lot, Saturday, Oct. 6. 
  • St. Joseph Church, 17951 Dixie Hwy., 2:15 p.m. in the rectory driveway, Thursday, Oct. 4.

Share photos of your special pet on Patch. Tell us why your pet is a blessing in your life.

TeacherMom October 03, 2012 at 11:51 AM
St. John's, 2640 Park Drive. The annual blessing of the animals will take place Sunday, October 7, at the outdoor altar, beginning at 4:30 p.m. All beloved pets and their human companions are welcome.
Glenn E. Wierzbicki October 03, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I rescued a PB mix from the South Suburban Humane society about a year ago. She was a cast out that was found wandering in the streets of Chicago Heights. The people who try to breed fighting dogs failed with Ladygirl as she was a female. You have to teach a dog to be mean. Dogs love you unconditionally. She is a joy and a comfort to me. Remember, Dog spelled backwards is GOD....w

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