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Autumn is here and, with it, one of my favorite features of October:
the Blessing of the Animals at local churches. This year, the opportunities are a bit more spread out around the calendar, so you’ll have more options to choose a date and church that works for you. 

Saturday October 1st
Christ the King Catholic Church (school parking lot)…Norfolk………..9 – 10:30 AM

Sunday October 2nd
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd…Norfolk…………………..8 – 9 AM

Wycliffe Presbyterian Church…Virginia Beach……………………………..3 PM

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Virginia Beach…Virginia Beach………..3 PM

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church…Norfolk……………………………….4 PM

Historic St. Luke’s Church……..Smithfield…………………………………….2 – 4 PM

 

Tuesday October 4th
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church (picnic area)…Virginia Beach…4:30 PM

Saturday October 8th
St. Mary Catholic Church…Chesapeake………10 AM

 

Sunday October 9th
Episcopal Church of the Ascension…Norfolk……………..11 AM – 12:15 PM and 1 – 2 PM

Trinity Episcopal Church…Portsmouth……………………..4 – 5 PM

A Blessing for Animals 
Blessed are You, Lord God,
for all living creatures You have made. 

You keep them in Your care and not one of them
is lost without You knowing. 

They glorify You, each in its own way,
and speak to us of Your beauty and love. 

Bless them and keep them from harm.
They unquestionably accept their place
in the rhythm of Your creation. 

May we respect them and cherish them
for they are Your gift to us;
through them may we come to know You better
and praise You, their Creator. 

Blessed be the love and joy that they bring to us.
Amen. 
~ From http://www.MyCherishedPet.com

 

 

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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
757-497-8330
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
757-488-2663
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
757-622-1120
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
757-423-6715
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
757-357-3367
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
757-393-0431
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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