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.
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.