Greater Cleveland area churches are offering pet blessings during the coming weeks in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their animals for this once-a-year event.
BRUNSWICK– Sunday, October 2, 2011, 929 Pearl Rd. Brunswick. 1:30 pm.
Noah’s Ark Animal Ministry at St. Ambrose Catholic Parish hosts a free animal fair from 1 to 3 p.m. The pet blessing will be at 1:30 p.m., adoptable pets and a radio personality. If the weather is fair, the blessing will be held in the parking lot. In case of rain, the blessing will be in the social hall. All pets welcome.
STRONGSVILLE-Sunday, October 2, 2011, 13500 Royalton Rd., Strongsville. 1:30pm
Local families may bring their pets to the Strongsville United Methodist Church’s annual Blessing of the Animals outdoor service, Sunday. All animals will be blessed and will receive a treat for participating. The United Methodist Church suggests that if your pet would not enjoy being outside among other animals and people, that you bring a photo of the pet to stand in for them. In the event of rain, the blessing service will be held on October 9.
BAY VILLAGE– Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 525 Dover Center Rd. Bay Village 6:30 pm
The seventh annual blessing of the pets will be on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church. There will be free dog treats for participating pets. St. Raphael Church will also be taking donations for local animal shelters. Some of the items needed are: canned dog and cat food, dry cat food, crates, kitty litter, paper towels, anti-bacterial wipes, bleach, gift cards for pet supply stores and cash.
BEDFORD– Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 860 Northfield Rd., Bedford 6:30pm.
Bedford’s Lutheran Church of the Master will be blessing pets at 6:30 pm. The church is located just north of Solon Rd.
BRECKSVILLE– Saturday, October 8, 2011, 111 Brecksville Rd., Brecksville 10:00 am
Bring your pets to St. Joseph Church for a morning blessing. There will be hot chocolate and pet treats served. St. Joseph Church will also be collecting donations for Lake Erie Labrador Retriever Rescue.
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