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 3, 2021 - 1:30pm

For over 25 years we have celebrated the Feast of Saint Francis with a traditional Blessing of Animals. Gather on the lawn starting at 1:00pm.  At 1:30pm we will process into the church for a brief service to thank God for the blessing of all creation and to pray for the continued well-being of our world.


Please help The Basilica promote our annual Blessing of the Animals event on October 3. We are looking for people to take pictures of their pet(s) wearing or near a sign that states why the need to get blessed (example: “barked at the mail carrier” or “ate food off my plate").

Please send photos to Melissa by September 26. By sending a photo, you are also granting permission for us to use it in promotional materials. Then look for your pet’s photo in our promotional video!