Following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, area Christian churches are offering pet blessings this week.
Find the one closest to you:
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church
5345 Virginia Beach Blvd.Virginia Beach, VA 23462
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS will be held Friday, October 4th at 4:00 PM in the Pavilion.
All animals are welcome.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
436 Homestead Rd.
Chesapeake, VA 23321
Blessing of the Animals
On Friday, October 4th at 6:30 PM, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the Cluster Parishes will host a Blessing
of Animals. The service will be held at St. Mary’s (536 Homestead Road, Chesapeake). All are invited to bring pets to the church
for this special day.
Christ the King Catholic Church
3401 Tidewater Dr.
Norfolk, VA 23509
Blessing of the Animals on Saturday, October 5th at 9 AM in the school parking lot. Donations of pet food for the Norfolk SPCA will be gratefully accepted.
Episcopal Church of the Ascension
405 Talbot Hall Road
Norfolk, VA 23505
Sunday, October 6 at 11:00 AM, we will welcome our furry, fuzzy, feathered and scaly friends as we celebrate St. Francis and bless our pets. Fr. Pat Finn will be our preacher and celebrant at both services; let’s welcome him in fine Ascension style! Weather-permitting, we will meet in the River Pavilion; otherwise, we’ll be in Rose Hall. There will be doggie and kitty treats afterwards. The loose offering will be collected and donated to Go Rescue Pet. Also, if you have old towels, rags, bleach, dog food (for small dogs particularly), or other items a rescue can use, please make a donation and we will deliver them to Go Rescue in Norfolk. You may find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gorescue
Historic St. Luke’s Church
14477 Benns Church Blvd.
Smithfield, VA 23430
Come and celebrate with us the Annual Blessing of the Animals which will be held at Historic St. Luke’s Church on Sunday, October 6 at 2 PM to honor the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi , the Patron Saint of Animals. During this traditional ceremony acknowledging all living creatures as part of creation, each pet will receive an individual blessing from Rev. Les Ferguson.
We have a book written about our event, “Lili of St. Luke’s” which is for sale in our gift shop!
Trinity Episcopal Church
500 Court St.
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Sunday, October 6 at 4 PM
Animals and their human companions are invited to gather inside the church. The service will include the blessing of the canine and equestrian officers of the Portsmouth Police Department.
A free-will offering will be received to benefit the animal shelter at the Portsmouth Humane Society.
All efforts have been made to ensure that the above-listed information is correct. We recommend you call the church of your choice to check the date, time and location before leaving home!
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