Blessings of the animals, 2015
"We are all creatures of one family." — St. Francis of Assisi.
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 Catholic Voice's request for information about animal blessings. Pictures of pets may be brought for a blessing. All well behaved, socialized animals on leashes or in carriers and their human companions are welcome.
St. Lawrence School, 3695 High St., Oakland; 9:15 a.m.
St. Anthony Parish, 971 O'Hara Ave., Oakley; 10 a.m. in the garden.
St. John Vianney Parish, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek; 10 a.m. in the Commons Courtyard behind the church
Cathedral Parish of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland; 10:30 a.m. on the cathedral plaza.
St. Barnabas Parish, 1427 Sixth St., Alameda; 2 p.m. in the school parking lot.
St. Bonaventure Parish, 5562 Clayton Road, Concord; 10 a.m.
St. Leo the Great Parish, 176 Ridgeway Ave., Oakland, 11 a.m. in the church garden.
Church of the Assumption, 1100 Fulton Ave., San Leandro; 10 a.m.
St. Augustine Parish, 400 Alcatraz Ave., Oakland; at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
St. Albert Parish, 1022 Holly St., Alameda; after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
St. Theresa Parish, 30 Mandalay Road, Oakland; 10 a.m. after the 9 a.m. Mass.
St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch; 11:30 a.m. after the 10 a.m. liturgy.
St. Anne Parish, 2800 Camino Diablo, Byron; 11:45 a.m. outside the Community Life Center.
Our Lady of Grace Parish, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley; 1:30 p.m. gathering outside the church by the back parking lot.
St. Barnabas Parish, 427 Sixth St., Alameda; 2 p.m. in the school parking lot.
St. Edward Parish, 5788 Thornton Ave., Newark; 1 p.m. outside the parish office.
St. Anne Parish, 1600 Rossmoor Pkwy, Walnut Creek, 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the Courtyard. Animals may not be brought into any of the parish buildings.
St. Joseph Basilica, in the gathering space, right outside the church, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda, 1 p.m.
St. Jarlath Parish, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland; Mass at 12:30 p.m. (blessing afterward around 1:30 p.m.)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish 41933 Blacow Road, Fremont, 3 p.m.
St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont; 2 p.m. on the Mission steps.
St. Patrick Parish, 907 Seventh St., Rodeo; 1:30 p.m. at front entrance of the school.
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, 703 C St., Union City, 7 p.m. in front of the church.
Most Holy Rosary Parish, 1313 A St., Antioch; 1 p.m., on the parish lawn area.
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