Blessings of pets to be offered at parishes, schools on Oct. 4 St. Francis of Assisi feast

A bulldog reacts as a priest sprinkles holy water during a blessing of pets in the church parking lot. Such blessings are frequently offered on or around the observance of the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals. (CNS/Sam Lucero)

Many parishes and schools in the Diocese of Peoria have planned blessing of pet ceremonies on or around the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi in remembrance of his love for all creatures. (See related column, page 13.)

Here is a list of pet blessings made known to The Catholic Post. All dates are Wednesday, Oct. 4, unless otherwise noted. Those taking part are asked to bring their pets on a leash or in a carrier.

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  • BLOOMINGTON — Sunday, Oct. 8, 2 to 4 p.m., St. Patrick Church of Merna
  • CHAMPAIGN — 3:15 p.m., St. Matthew Church and School
  • DANVILLE — 8:45 a.m., Schlarman Academy South Campus parking lot, 1307 N. Walnut. “No snakes, please.”
  • GALESBURG — Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m., Corpus Christi Church
  • GENESEO — 3:15 p.m., Mahoney Shelter at St. Malachy Church, for school and CCD families
  • LASALLE — 2:30 p.m., Trinity Catholic Academy parking lot
  • MACOMB — 2:45 p.m., St. Francis Garden, St. Paul School
  • OTTAWA — 3 p.m., OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center gazebo near the OSF Rehabilitation Center parking lot
  • PEORIA — 2:45 p.m., St. Vincent de Paul School playground
  • PEORIA HEIGHTS — 8:45 a.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Church and School
  • ROCK ISLAND — 2:30 p.m., in the Farrell Hall parking lot at St. Pius X Parish
  • STREATOR — 1 p.m., OSF Center for Health overflow parking lot off Tyler Street


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