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Blessings of the animals, 2014

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.

Friday, Oct. 3

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

2:15 p.m., San Pablo yard, St. John the Baptist Church, 11150 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito

2:30 p.m., courtyard at St. Jerome Church, 308 Carmel Ave., El Cerrito

Saturday, Oct. 4

9:30 a.m., by the science center, Holy Spirit Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont

10 a.m., plaza in front of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 500 Fairview Ave., Brentwood

10 a.m., Commons Courtyard, St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek

10 a.m., back parking lot, St. Michael Church, 458 Maple St., Livermore

10:30 a.m., Cathedral of Christ the Light, Cathedral Plaza, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland

6:30 p.m., (after the 5:30 p.m. Mass), St. Joan of Arc Church, 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon

Sunday, Oct. 5

10:15 a.m., St. Philip Neri Church, 3101 Van Buren St., Alameda

10:30 a.m., (Mass) St. Augustine Church, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland

10:30 a.m., (Mass) St. Paschal Baylon Church, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland

11 a.m., (after 10 a.m. Mass), St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek

11:30 a.m., (after the 10 a.m. Eucharist), St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch

11:45 a.m., courtyard, St. Albert the Great Church, 1022 Holly St., Alameda

11:45 a.m., west side of community center, St. Anne Church, 2800 Camino Diablo, Byron

1 p.m., St. Joseph Basilica Church, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda

1:30 p.m., Marian Grotto, St. Augustine Church (The Catholic Community of Pleasanton), 3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton

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

1:30 p.m., St. Leander Church, 550 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro, 510-895-5631

2 p.m., Mission steps, St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont

Sunday, Oct. 12

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland

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