Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pet Blessings In October

At St. Mary of the Lake (Buena and Sheridan), as at many Catholic churches, in honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, there will be a ceremony to bless pets.

"Bring your animal friends to our annual Pet Blessing, after the 4:30pm mass (5:15pm) on Saturday, 1 October, on the front steps. House Rules, Please:
  • Don’t bring your "friend" into church
  • Keeps "friends" leashed or in carriers"

There will be another pet blessing at St. Thomas of Canterbury, 4827 N Kenmore, on Saturday, October 8th at 11am. "In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, we will celebrate a Pet Blessing on Saturday, October 8 at11 a.m. in front of the church. You are invited to bring your pets (all species welcome!) for a blessing. We will have treats for cats, dogs, and humans too!"


  1. It surely does not any more Pagan than this.

  2. Wow. When did it become okay to openly mock the beliefs of others? Don't suppose anyone has a snarky acronym for Jews hidden up their sleeve somewhere...
    Nope? Yeah, I didn't think so.

  3. We're not going any further here. If you believe, by all means attend one of the ceremonies. If you don't, don't go. Thus endeth the lesson, in the immortal words of Officer Jimmy Malone.

  4. DAMN,

    Caring Neighbor didn't post my Catholic/Jewish joke riposte to AnonaGirl.

    As the Irish say "c'est la vie" and pass the Guinness.

  5. Its just a blessing folks, like "Bless this house".

    If they were baptizing the pets....well.....that would be different.

    It seems like a fun thing to do, and pets really are like family.

    The pets of local Pagans and Animists, Sinners and Saints are surely most welcome.

  6. Wow - for an allegedly "Catholic town" there sure is a lot of ignorance (yeah I said it) going down here.

    Background: October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. You may have seen his statue in your neighbor's or even your own parents' garden. He is considered a patron saint of, among other things, "all God's creatures." Of course the religious order he founded has chapters all over the world, including right here in Chicago.

    It is a long-standing tradition among Catholics and some Protestants to honor the saint by "blessing" companion animals. After all, they are a part of Creation and it is humans' responsibility to exercise "dominion" over them.

    You're welcome. Glad we cleared this up.