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 21 Blessing of the Animals events scheduled for October in Maine.

Here are the Blessing of the Animals in chronological order:

Saturday, October 3
Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road, beginning at 9 a.m. in the parking lot

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

St. Luke Church, 19 Lake Street, 10 a.m.

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

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

St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 32 Paris Street, in the front yard of the church at 1 p.m. The Holy Family Fraternity of Third Order Franciscans will be assisting with treats for pets.

Holy Family Church, 66 North Avenue.  Father Alexander Boucher will lead a Blessing of the Animals service at 2 p.m.  Rain date is Sunday.

Sunday, October 4

Parking lot of Waldo County YMCA at 157 Lincolnville Avenue. Blessing of the animals will be held after the 8:30 a.m. drive-thru Mass.

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

Outside of St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street, beginning at 11:30 a.m. (after 10:30 a.m. Mass)

St. Michael School, 56 Sewall Street. The blessing will be held in the school playground at 1 p.m. (access from Lincoln Street)

St. Joseph Church, 225 South High Street, in front of the church at 1 p.m.

Holy Rosary Church, 38 Thomas Avenue. The blessing will begin at 1 p.m. in the parking lot

St. Joseph Church, 110 School Street. The blessing will be held in the church parking lot at 1 p.m.

Presque Isle
St. Mary Church, 331 Main Street. The blessing will begin at 1 p.m. in the parking lot.

St. Francis Xavier Church, 130 Route 133. The blessing will be held in the church parking lot at 1 p.m.

St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street, at 2 p.m. The service will be held in the parking lot.  Please keep pets on leashes.

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

Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street, beginning outside the church at 2 p.m.

Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street in Lewiston at 4 p.m. The service will be held on the front lawn.

Saturday, October 10

St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street, on the lawn of the church at 10 a.m.
As prayers are offered, the pets will be gently sprinkled with holy water. When additional events are added, they will be posted at 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.

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