A dog looks over the shoulder of her owner during the Blessing of the Animals service Oct. 4, 2015, at The Basilica.
Photo provided by: 
Stacy Glaus

Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 1:30pm

The Basilica honors the animals that share our lives and touch our hearts at the annual Blessing of the Animals event.

All community members are invited to this non-denominational blessing—with or without an animal—to celebrate all of God’s creation and ask for God’s blessing on our animals. 

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Blessing of the Animals Event Schedule: 

Sunday, October 1
1:00 pm:  Pets and their owners gather on The Basilica lawn.

1:30 pm:  All animals, big and small, will process into the church for a service, which includes prayer, music, a reading, and blessings. 

2:00 pm:  Procession of pets and owners to The Basilica’s lawn.




The Blessing of the Animals is held each year on a Sunday close to the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi to recognize him as a patron saint of animals, nature and peace. In earlier times, people took their animals and food to monasteries for a special blessing around harvest time. They depended on these gifts for survival. Now, the blessing invokes a connection between people and their animals, as well as a connection with all of nature.