Animals to be Blessed for St. Francis Feast Day

September 27, 2010

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the Catholic patron saint of animals and the environment, more than one hundred people are expected to participate in an outdoor Mass for the Blessing of the Animals:

Saturday, October 2, 2010
5:00 p.m.
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
4902 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD

Everyone is invited to bring their animals to the outdoor Mass for a special blessing and to be sprinkled with Holy Water. Children who do not have pets can bring their stuffed animals. This ceremony commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who was born on October 4.

Several others parishes are blessing animals, including:

District of Columbia:

Annunciation
3810 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016
Monday, October 4
6:30 p.m. at the parking lot by the school

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian
1357 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Monday, October 4
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the church plaza

Montgomery County:

St. Francis of Assisi
6701 Muncaster Milll Road
Derwood, MD 20855
Sunday, October 3
3:00 p.m. at the parish picnic

St. Peter
2900 Sandy Spring Road
Olney, MD 20832
Sunday, October 3
1:30 p.m. outside by the Marian grotto near Route 108

Southern Maryland:

Sacred Heart
201 Saint Mary’s Avenue
La Plata, MD 20646
Sunday October 3
2:00 p.m. outside the church

St. John
43927 St. John’s Road
Hollywood, MD 20636
Monday, October 4
6:00 p.m. in front of the church

Contact:
Brie Hall
Office of Communications
301-853-4512
[email protected]