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:

  • Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort, 10051 Kitty Avenue, Chicago Ridge, 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4.
  • St. Linus Church, 10300 S. Lawler Ave., Oak Lawn, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
  • St. Fabian’s Church, 83rd Street and Oketo, Bridgeview, noon, Saturday, Oct. 6. The blessing will take place on the front lawn of the church.
  • St. Catherine of Alexandria, 10621 S. Kedvale, Oak Lawn, 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
  • St. Bernadette’s Church, 9343 S. Francisco Ave., Evergreen Park, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass, Saturday, Oct. 6.
  • 10400 S. Kostner, Oak Lawn, 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 7. Pets are allowed in church for the entire service.

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Nolan October 01, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Really, come on, do something real for human beings. Take good care of your pets, keep them protected and healthy, sure. Your time and effort could be much better spent doing things for the poor, the homeless and those with difficult challenges in their lives. Stick with reality, it's all we have.
Linda Kemper October 01, 2012 at 02:25 PM
St. Linus is on SATURDAY @ 12:30, not Friday
Lorraine Swanson October 01, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Thanks, Linda. I was wondering about that date. That is the info given to us by a parishioner.
Farrell October 01, 2012 at 07:12 PM
First, I'll pray to St Francis that my landlord (Fred Mertz himself) will one day let me have a dog. Next I'll pray to hit the $2,500 a week for life jackpot, so I can retire, finish my book, start the next one, and get a dog.
Maryann Kramer October 02, 2012 at 10:34 PM
St Gerald's is having theres on Thursday October 4th at 4pm, at the grotto outside


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