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Over 15 Blessing of the Animals Events Scheduled for Maine Parishes in Coming Weeks

PORTLAND---Animal lovers from around Maine are invited to flock 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 any of the Blessing of the Animals events scheduled for October in Maine. As prayers are offered, the pets will be gently sprinkled with holy water. When additional events are added to the list below, they will be posted at www.portlanddiocese.org/blessing-of-animals.

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:

October 3, 2020

Falmouth
Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road
9 a.m. in the parking lot

Portland
St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue
10 a.m. on the church lawn

Gray
St. Gregory Church, 24 North Raymond Road
11 a.m. in the parking lot

Houlton
St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 110 Military Street
1 p.m. outside of the church

Sanford
Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue
2 p.m. (rain date is Sunday)

October 4, 2020

Belfast
Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Avenue
After the 8:30 a.m. drive-thru Mass

Dexter
St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street
11:30 a.m. (after 10:30 a.m. Mass)

Rockland
St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway
After 11 a.m. Mass in the parking lot (drive-thru blessings)

Augusta
St. Michael School, 56 Sewall Street
1 p.m. in the school playground (access from Lincoln Street)

Winthrop
St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 Route 133
1 p.m. in the parking lot

Gardiner
St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street
1 p.m. in the parking lot

Gorham
St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street
2 p.m. in the parking lot

Orono
Newman Center, 83 College Avenue
2 p.m. in the parking lot

Skowhegan
Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street
2 p.m. outside church

Lewiston
Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street
4 p.m. on the front lawn

October 10, 2020

Portland
St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street
10 a.m. on lawn of the church