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Blessing of the animals, 2013

Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. A tradition to observe his feast day is the blessing of animals. Here are dates and locations of event sponsors that responded to The Voice's request for information about animal blessings. Pictures of pets may be brought for a blessing. All animals must be on a leash or in carriers.

Sunday, Sept. 29
St. Philip Neri- St. Albert Parish
10:15 a.m., 3101 Van Buren, Alameda,
in the "barking" lot;

11:45 a.m., 1022 Holly St., Alameda,
in the courtyard

After the 10:30 a.m. Mass, St. Catherine of Siena
606 Mellus St., Martinez

Wednesday, Oct. 2
9 a.m., St. Lawrence O'Toole Church
3725 High St., Oakland

2:30 p.m., St. Joseph Elementary School
1910 San Antonio Ave., Alameda

Thursday, Oct. 3
8 a.m., St. Joseph School
1961 Plum St., Pinole

Friday, Oct. 4
8:15 a.m., St. Theresa Church
30 Mandalay Road, Oakland
in the school yard

After the 8 a.m. Mass at St. Anne Church
1600 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek

8:30 a.m. at St. Agnes Church
3966 Chestnut Ave., Concord

2:30 p.m., Christ the King Church
199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill

3 p.m., St. David of Wales Church
5641 Esmond Ave., Richmond

4 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Church
860 Oak Grove Road, Concord

4 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood in the plaza

7 p.m., Our Lady of the Rosary
703 C St., Union City

Saturday, Oct. 5
9:15 a.m., St. Anthony Church
971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley

10 a.m., St. Leo the Great Church
176 Ridgeway Ave., Oakland

10 a.m., Corpus Christi Church
37891 Second St., Fremont

10 a.m., St. John Vianney Church
1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek
in the Mullen Common Courtyard

2 p.m., San Damiano Retreat
710 Highland Drive, Danville.
The friars will bless all pets and pet owners by the statue of St. Francis.

10 a.m., Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison St., Oakland
Rev. Ray Sacca, Cathedral rector, will bless animals on the plaza.

Sunday, Oct. 6
10:30 a.m. Mass, St. Paschal Baylon Church
3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland.
People and animals may jointly attend Mass and be blessed

11:45 a.m., St. Anne Church
2800 Camino Diablo, Byron
outside the Community Life Center by the Palm Trees.

1:30 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Church
2601 San Ramon Valley Way, San Ramon
by the statue of St. Joan

1:30 p.m., St. Patrick Church
825 Seventh St., Rodeo

2 p.m., on the steps of Old Mission San Jose
(St. Joseph Parish, Fremont)
43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont

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