St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis Sunday

Bring your pets to church!

On September 30 at 10:30am in the Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we’ll give thanks for the animals in our care and pray to be faithful stewards of God’s creation. Bring your animals to church for a shortened service of Holy Eucharist. Following Communion, the animals will all process out to the front lawn for a blessing, and a reception with treats for people and animals.

A few words about logistics:

  • For reasons of safety: non-aggressive dogs are welcome on leashes. All other animals need to be in carriers, like you would use for travel on an airplane or train.
  • If your animal isn’t suited to coming to church: Come with a picture of your animal. We’ll send you home with a prayer card you can use to extend the church’s blessing.
  • Stuffed animals are also welcome! Children are welcome to bring their stuffed animals for a blessing.
  • Remembering pets we have lost: We will also say a prayer for pets we have loved and see no longer.

Click here to see pictures from previous pet blessings.