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It’s that wonderful time of year when Hampton Roads churches
welcome your pets for a special blessing,
in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.
We’ve rounded up a selection of pet blessings for you.
This year, we’ve added churches in Newport News.
Check with your church if you don’t see its name listed here:

Sunday, October 1
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church…Norfolk……………4 PM
Historic St. Luke’s Church….Smithfield……………………..2-4 PM
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church….Newport News……….1 PM
Use River Road entrance.
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church….Virginia Beach………….2 PM
Accepting donations of pet toys and food for a local animal shelter. 

Wednesday, October 4
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church….Virginia Beach…4:30 PM
In picnic pavilion.

Saturday, October 7
Christ the King Catholic Church….Norfolk…………………………………9:15-10:15 AM
In school parking lot. Accepting donations of pet food for Norfolk SPCA
Church of the Holy Family….Virginia Beach………………………………11 AM
Hidenwood Presbyterian Church
….Newport News………………….10-11 AM

 

Sunday, October 8
Emmanuel Episcopal Church side yard….Virginia Beach……..3 PM
Episcopal Church of the Ascension….Norfolk……………………….11 AM-Noon
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd…Norfolk………………..10:15-11:30 AM
Nimmo United Methodist Church….Virginia Beach……………8:30 AM
Trinity Episcopal Church….Portsmouth……………………………….10:30-11:30 AM

Saturday, October 14
Hilton Christian Church….Newport News………..10 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church….Chesapeake………….10 AM

Sunday, October 15
Baylake United Methodist Church…..Virginia Beach….4PM

We have attempted to accurately reflect each church’s information for the event, but be sure to check with your preferred church for accuracy and any last-minute schedule changes, especially in the event of inclement weather.

 

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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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Will Joaquin steal Francis’s thunder? We hope not. We’re praying this storm drifts out to sea and leaves the East Coast well alone. In the meantime, churches around Hampton Roads have scheduled Pet Blessings to take place this weekend, in memory of St. Francis of Assisi, a great friend to animals.

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Check with your favorite church to see if their event is continuing as planned.

Sunday, October 4th

Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd……….…10:15 AM 

Episcopal Church of the Ascension………………..…11 AM 

Historic St. Luke’s Church………………………………..2 PM 

Wycliffe Presbyterian Church……………………..…….3 PM 

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church………………..3 PM 

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church……………………4 PM 

Sunday, October 11th

St. Mary Catholic Church……………………………………4 PM 

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