PORTLAND---Animal lovers from around Maine are invited to flock to several opportunities to have their animal companions blessed outdoors in celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day (October 4).
All pets are welcome to attend eight Blessing of the Animals events scheduled for early October. As prayers are offered, the pets will be gently sprinkled with holy water.
Saint Francis of Assisi was known for his love of all of God’s creatures. The Blessing of the Animals remembers Francis’ love by invoking God’s blessing on the animals and thanking God for letting us share the earth. The blessing also recognizes the important place that pets hold in people’s hearts.
Here are the Blessing of the Animals in chronological order:
Parking lot of Our Lady of Wisdom Church, 83 College Avenue
Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 p.m.
Parking lot of St. James Catholic School, 25 Graham Street
Wednesday, October 4, 7:50 a.m.
Front lawn of the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street
Wednesday, October 4, 4:30 p.m.
Outside of Sacred Heart Church, 326 Main Street
Saturday, October 7, 9 a.m.
Gardens of St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street
Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.
Lawn of St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue
Saturday, October 7, 11 a.m.
St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street
Saturday, October 7, 2017
St. Michael School playground, 56 Sewall Street
Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m.
St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street
Sunday, October 8, 3 p.m.
Parking lot of St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 110 Military Street
Saturday, October 14, 1 p.m.