Once on Saturday, October 6; twice on Sunday, October 7
by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (September 29, 2018) – “All creatures great and small are invited!” reads the announcement for the Pet Blessings at St. Ann Catholic Church. The church is welcoming animals in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who is known for his patronage of animals and the natural environment. Pet owners have two opportunities to have their animals blessed:
- Immediately following the 4:00pm Mass on Saturday, October 6
- Immediately following the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, October 7
Both Pet Blessing ceremonies will be held in the driveway in front of the church building at the corner of Chicago Avenue 181st Street.
A third opportunity for blessing is available from First United Methodist Church. They will hold their annual “Blessing of the Animals” on Sunday, October 7, at 2:00pm in Methodist Park (next to the parking lot). Pet owners are asked to restrain their animals by leash or cage, so they can be individually blessed by Pastor Price. First United Methodist Church is located at 18420 Burnham Avenue.