In celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, known for his love of all of God's creatures, several churches around Maine will hold Blessing of the Animals prayer services. Animal lovers are invited to bring their pets to have them blessed and gently sprinkled with holy water. The services are a way of thanking God for the pets that bring joy to so many.
Social distancing rules will be in place and those accompanying their pets are asked to please wear face masks.
Here are the Blessing of the Animals ceremonies listed by date and location:
October 3, 2020
Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road, beginning at 9 a.m. in the parking lot
St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road, beginning at 11 a.m. in the parking lot
St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 110 Military Street, beginning at 1 p.m. outside of the church
St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street, in the front yard of the church at 1 p.m.
***The Holy Family Fraternity of Third Order Franciscans will be assisting with treats for pets.
St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, starting at 10 a.m. on the church lawn
St. Luke Church, 19 Lake Street, 10 a.m.
Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue. Father Alexander Boucher will lead a Blessing of the Animals service at 2 p.m. Rain date is Sunday.
October 4, 2020
St. Michael School, 56 Sewall Street. The blessing will be held in the school playground at 1 p.m. (access from Lincoln Street)
Parking lot of Waldo County YMCA at 157 Lincolnville Avenue. Blessing of the animals will be held after the 8:30 a.m. drive-thru Mass.
St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, in front of the church at 1 p.m.
Holy Rosary Church, 38 Thomas Avenue. The blessing will begin at 1 p.m. in the parking lot.
Outside of St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street, beginning at 11:30 a.m. (after 10:30 a.m. Mass)
St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street. The blessing will be held in the church parking lot at 1 p.m.
St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, at 2 p.m. The service will be held in the parking lot. Please keep pets on leashes.
Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street in Lewiston at 4 p.m. The service will be held on the front lawn.
Newman Center, 83 College Avenue, beginning at 2 p.m. in the parking lot
St. Mary Church, 331 Main Street. The blessing will begin at 1 p.m. in the parking lot.
St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway, after 11 a.m. Mass in the parking lot (drive-thru blessings)
Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street, beginning outside the church at 2 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 Route 133. The blessing will be held in the church parking lot at 1 p.m.
October 10, 2020
St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street, on the lawn of the church at 10 a.m.