Blessing of the animals, 2017
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 and stuffed animals may be brought for a blessing. All animals must be on a leash or in carriers.
Saturday, Sept. 30
San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 30 and Oct. 1
St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman St., Berkeley, after 5:30 p.m. Mass on Sept. 30 and the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses on Oct. 1
Sunday, Oct. 1
Queen of All Saints Church, 2390 Grant St., Concord, 9 a.m., in the school yard
St. Anthony-Mary Help of Christians, 1520 E. 15th St., Oakland, 10:30 a.m.
Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland, after the 10 a.m. Mass
St. Anne Church, 2800 Camino Diablo, Byron, 11:45 a.m.
St. Jarlath Church, 2620 Pleasant St., Oakland, after the 12:30 p.m. Mass
Our Lady of Grace Church, 3433 Somerset Ave., Castro Valley, 1 p.m.
St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St., Alameda, 1 p.m.
St. Joseph Church, 43148 Mission Blvd., Fremont, 2 p.m., on the steps of Old Mission San Jose
Wednesday, Oct. 4
St. Francis of Assisi Church, 860 Oak Grove Road, Concord, 9:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
St. Anne Church, 1600 Rossmoor Pkwy., Walnut Creek, after 8 a.m. Mass or about 8:45 a.m. until noon, in the courtyard
Saturday, Oct. 7
St. John Vianney Church, 1650 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 10 a.m. in the church courtyard
Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland, 11 a.m. on the plaza
Sunday, Oct. 8
Holy Spirit/Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley, 10 a.m. liturgy
St. Rose of Lima Church, 555 Third Ave., Crockett, after the 9 a.m. Mass
St. Stephen Church, 1101 Keaveny Court, Walnut Creek, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass or about 10:30 a.m.
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