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Blessing of the Animals in California

At Franciscan churches, a friar with brown robe and white cord often welcomes each animal with a special prayer. As the prayer is offered, the pet is gently sprinkled with holy water.  The Blessing of Pets usually goes like this:

Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.

NOTE: The dates, times and details of these events are subject to change by the individual planners.

FAIRFIELD: Blessing of the Animals Saturday, October 2, 2021, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Noon at Rockville Presbyterian Fellowship. All pets welcome! Dogs must be on leash, cats must be in carriers, other pets must be under control Surprises throughout the Blessing! Location: 4177 Suisun Valley Road (I mile past Solano Community College) Fairfield,CA 94534. Questions? Contact Gary Dreibelbis dr.dribs@yahoo.com  (707) 631-4573

NEWPORT BEACH: Blessing of the Animals October 3,  2021, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lido Park
Newport Beach, CA
stjamesnewport.org/events
in St. James Episcopal Church courtyard, co-hosted with Gray Matter Museum of Art. Bring your pets for a doggy day out and a blessing to support Barks of Love Animal Rescue of Newport Beach. Please bring donation gift cards, such as Petco, PetSmart, Costco, Target, Walmart or Visa to support Barks of Love (because of COVID-19, no food or supplies). Every dog has its day!

PACIFIC GROVE: Pacific Grove Blessing of the Animals October 4, 2021, 3 p.m.
Berwick Park - next the whale sculpture
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
A community blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of animals. Bring your dog, cat or other animal friend to Berwick Park for a service and blessing. pacificgrovechurch.org

DANVILLE: Blessing of the Animals Fair October 2, 2021, 1-2 p.m.
San Damiano Retreat
710 Highland Drive
Danville, CA 94526
Free, sandamiano.org
In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Friars will be on hand to bless all pets and pet owners. This event is open to all. Meet in the front by the statue of St. Francis. See you all there!

PASADENA: Blessing of the Pets October 2, 2021, 1-2 p.m.
All Saints Church
132 N. Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA
allsaints-pas.org
Service on the lawn -- Bring pets, photos of one's pets, or even a stuffed animal to church for a blessing.  St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of the Franciscan order, experienced kinship with all of creation, including animals. Throughout the world, the Feast of St. Francis is commemorated by blessing of the animals ceremonies. We will be blessing pets of all manner from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the entry near the St. Francis statue. The event is free. Donations are gladly accepted

SAN BERNARDINO: Blessing of the Animals Monday, October 4, 2021, 5:30 p.m.
Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley
374 W. Orange Show Rd.
San Bernardino, California
hssbv.org
Blessing of the Animals Monday, October 4th Doors open at 5:30pm, Service is promptly at 5:45pm Bring your family and leash-trained or kenneled pet to a service led by Pastor Woody Hall. Animals of every kind are invited to this special ceremony. This brief service will feature prayer, readings, and music. Prayer will also be offered for the families of pets who have passed away, as well as all living animals. By request, and at the end of the service, a blessing will be offered for each individual pet that attends. This event is free to attend . Drinking water for pets will be available.

OCEANSIDE: St. Francis Festival - Blessing of the Animals Blessing of Animals Saturday, October 2, 2021, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at historic Mission San Luis Rey, 4050 Mission Dr., Oceanside, CA 
sanluisreyparish.org | facebook.com/sanluisreyparish/ events/4675736105771416/
Held at the Old Mission San Luis Rey the community hosts the St. Francis Festival - Blessing of the Animals at the Parish. The Franciscan friars and staff of Mission San Luis Rey invite you to celebrate the feast of St. Francis with our annual Blessing of the Animals. Join us for a day of fun, food and fabulous furry friends! So don’t forget to bring your pet in costume for our Pet Costume Contest and be ready to paint your own pumpkin in our pumpkin painting booth! Please join the ongoing effort to help the local community by bringing non-perishble food items or toiletries to be donated to the parish Social Concerns Ministry and pet food to be donated to the Humane Society. This is a free event.

Schedule of Activities

  • 10-10:30 a.m. Pet Costume Contest
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Blessing of the Animals
  • 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. OPD Canine Demonstration
  • 1-1:30 p.m. Pet Costume Contest
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. Blessing of the Animals

SAN FRANCISCO: Blessing of the Animals October 3, 2021, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
 Grace Cathedral
1100 California St.
San Francisco, CA
Registration: gracecathedral.org
The Feast of St. Francis & Blessing of the Animals. Remember St. Francis of Assisi (feast day October 4) the patron and namesake of our San Francisco. With his associate, Clare, Francis lived a life of simplicity, active care for the poorest of the poor, and appreciation for the divine imprint in all creatures. Franciscan ideals continue to enliven and challenge us today. On this day, we bless domestic animals as a token of the love St. Francis showed for all created beings. Your pets are welcome on a leash or in a secure carrier.

SARATOGA: Blessing of the Animals October 3, 2021, 10 a.m. - expected date but has not been announced or confirmed
Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
13601 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga, CA 95070
st-andrews-saratoga.org
Held the first Sunday in October. Enjoy the parade of parish pets and blessing of the animals. Don't miss one of the most fun services of the year in honor of St. Francis Day. Enjoy the parade of parish pets and animals in all their barking, meowing, squawking, braying, splashing glory. Bring your dogs on leashes, fish in water, cats and other small animals in carriers please. Stuffed animals welcome, too! Kibble and cake afterwards. Woof!

SANTA MONICA: Blessing of the Animals First Sunday in October 3, 2021, 10:30 a.m. service
Saint Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
1227 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
saint-augustine.org
Blessing of the Animals is usually at 10:30 a.m. service in the Sanctuary.

LONG BEACH - BELMONT SHORE: Blessing of the Animals October 3, 2021, 5:45 p.m.
1 Granada Ave.
Belmont Shore, CA
hautedogs.org
Blessing of the Animals. Rain or shine, more than 300 animals were blessed at last year's event on the concrete boat launch ramp at Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore.  The Interfaith Blessing of the Animals presented by Haute Dogs, Justin Rudd and Gazette Newspapers is free to the public and their pets. Seniors, families, singles, and children, are encouraged to bring their dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets. All pets are welcome to this event.
Rain or shine. More than 300 animals were blessed at last year's event on the concrete boat launch ramp at Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore. Free beachfront parking after 6 p.m. Free street parking.
The Interfaith Blessing of the Animals presented by Haute Dogs and Justin Rudd is free to the public and their pets. Seniors, families, singles, and children, are encouraged to bring their dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets.

LOS ANGELES: Blessing of the Animals held the Saturday before Easter Sunday. All pets welcome. Live Entertainment. Petting zoo and free pony rides. - 12-5 p.m.
This centuries-old tradition of blessing the animals, for the benefits they provide mankind, is celebrated with a procession on Olvera Street led by the Archbishop of Los Angeles. All pets welcome.

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BEVERLY HILLS: Blessing of the Animals and Pet Wash October 5, 2019, 10 a.m.
All Saints Episcopal Church
504 N Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
allsaintsbh.org
Blessing of the Animals, petwash, and petting zoo -- Honor all God's creatures and the Feast Day of St. Francis. The annual service in the church welcomes all animals that need a blessing and a treat. Come for this special service! Bring your friends and your pets. Help the CAST with its annual petwash after the blessing! The annual service in the church welcomes all animals that need a blessing and a treat. Bring your friends and your pets!

LINCOLN: Blessing of the Pets October 5, 2019, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Beerman Plaza
640 5th Street
Lincoln, CA
stjameslincoln.org
Annual St. Francis Blessing of the Animals  -- Bring your feathered, furry, leather companions to church to be blessed. Stuffed animals will also be blessed. (Pets must be on a leash, in carriers or cages) Worship outside - weather permitting

NOVATO: Blessing of the Animals and Family BBQ October 6, 2019, 8:40 a.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church School
1180 Lynwood Drive
Novato, CA 94947
gslsnovato.org
This is an annual school event

SACRAMENTO: Blessing of Animals  October 4, 2019, 8 a.m. and October 5, 2019, 2 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Church Steps
1066 26th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
stfrancisparish.com
In front of the Church St. Francis, all are invited to bring your animal companions to our annual blessing of the animals, in celebration of the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, our founder and the patron saint of animals and ecology. To protect and respect the church and all creatures, please make sure that your animal companions are secured and that any "spontaneous offerings" are cleaned up. Thank you!

SAN DIEGO: Benediction of the Beasts (January tba) Blessing of the Animals at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
4002 Wallace St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 297-3100
parks.ca.gov
This annual celebrates St. Anthony of the Desert, the patron Saint of Animals. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is hosting the annual Blessing of the Animals. All faiths and convictions are welcome to celebrate the animals that make our lives so special.  Historically, this event has been happening for more than 300 years – dating back to the 1700s. In San Diego the annual Benediction of the Beasts celebrates St. Anthony of the Desert, the Patron Saint of Animals. Activities for both animals and families make this celebration both unique and very moving to all who participate. Fiesta de Reyes sponsors event

SAN FRANCISCO: CANCELED IN 2021 Blessing of the Animals: North Beach Festival Animal Blessing September 18-19, 2021
The animal blessing at The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi (610 Vallejo Street) during the festival. sfnbba.org/north-beach-festival
North Beach Festival is considered one of the country's original outdoor Festivals held among San Francisco's quaint streets in the heart of the district. Blessing of the animals is held annually at this event.

SANTA ROSA: Blessing of the Animals October 6, 2019, 2-5 p.m.
stfranciswinery.com
St. Francis Winery Visitors Center
100 Pythian Road
Santa Rosa, CA
FREE
Take part in the annual Blessing of the Animals event by bringing your best furry friend to be blessed here at the winery. If you have a dog, plan to show it off by participating in our "Winery Dog of the Year" contest. Wine, nibbles, special guests and fabulous raffle prizes donated by local pet-friendly businesses. Admission is free.

THOUSAND OAKS: Blessing of the Animals held First Sunday in October - not confirmed in 2021, contact church
Ascension Lutheran Church parking lot
1600 E. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA
alcto.org
Meet at the upper barking lot at Ascension Lutheran Church. The community is invited! In Judeo-Christian faith God calls on us to take care of all of creation, including the animals. Our pets, we know, become very important parts of our families. This outdoor worship service gives thanks to God for our pets and asks God's blessings on all of us, pets and people alike! Come early and stay longer to meet and greet pets and their people. At this time each year we remember Francis of Assisi. We bless pets and animals, creatures Francis called his brothers and sisters. The worship service will take place in the middle of the large upper parking lot. You may park in the lower parking lots or around the edge of the upper parking lot. 

WINDSOR: Blessing of the Animals October 6, 2019, 3 p.m.
Lady of Guadalupe - Mary Agatha Furth Courtyard
8400 Old Redwood Highway
Windsor, CA
olgwindsor.org
A procession of animals, dogs, cats, hamsters and even horses are brought to churches for a special ceremony in remembrance of St Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures. The bond between person and pet is like no other relationship. For single households, or the elderly, a pet can be a true companion. Many people arrive home from work to find their furry friend overjoyed at their return! No wonder people enjoy the opportunity to take their animal companions to the church for this special blessing. Church is the place where the bond of creation is celebrated! All pets should be on a leash and well behaved.

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