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St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of Animals

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In celebration of the Oct. 4 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the culmination of the Season of Creation, more than 20 diocesan parishes will hold a blessing of the animals. Below are the dates, times, and locations of many animal blessings in the area. 

Remember to bring your little creatures of God leashed or caged and come prepared to clean up after your pet.

Send us a picture at ana.batista@catholicherald.com of your pet blessing with a short caption as we highlight these gatherings on social media.

“All things of creation are children of the Father and thus brothers of man. God wants us to help animals if they need help. Every creature in distress has the same right to be protected.” — St. Francis of Assisi

Bishop Ireton High School

201 Cambridge Rd, Alexandria

Oct. 3 at noon.

Holy Spirit Church

5121 Woodland Way, Annandale

Oct. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the grounds in front of the church.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Church

2700 19th St. S., Arlington

Oct. 2 at 10 a.m., in the courtyard of the church.

Sacred Heart Church

12975 Purcell Rd., Manassas

Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.

St. Agnes Church

1910 N. Randolph St., Arlington

Oct. 3 after the noon Mass in front of the rectory. 

St. Andrew the Apostle Church

6720 Union Mill Rd., Clifton

Oct. 2 after the 9 a.m. Mass by the statue of St. Francis.

St. Ann Church

5300 10th St. N., Arlington

Oct. 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. by the Shreve cemetery.

St. Anthony of Padua Church

3305 Glen Carlyn Rd., Falls Church

Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. in the courtyard, and Oct. 4 at 3:45 p.m. also in the courtyard.

St. Bernadette Church

7600 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield

Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in front of Lourdes grotto.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

12807 Valleywood Dr., Lake Ridge

Oct. 3 at 1:45 p.m. in front of Seton Hall.

St. Francis de Sales Church

37730 St. Francis Ct., Purcellville

Oct. 4 at 4 p.m. in front of the church.

St. Francis of Assisi Church

18825 Fuller Heights Rd., Triangle

Oct. 2 at noon.

St. James Church

905 Park Ave., Falls Church

Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. outside the church, at the corner of Park Avenue and Spring Street.

St. John Neumann Church

11900 Lawyers Rd., Reston

Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. by the flagpole.

St. Joseph Church

750 Peachtree St., Herndon

Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. in front of the church.

St. Louis Church

2907 Popkins Ln., Alexandria

Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in front of the church.

St. Luke Church

7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean,

Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. in the church parking lot.

St. Mark Church

9970 Vale Rd., Vienna

Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.

St. Mary of Sorrows Church

10500 Zion Dr., Fairfax, Va. 22032

Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. on the new church lawn.

St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church

1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg

Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. in the Blessed Mother Prayer Garden in front of the church.

St. Veronica Church

3460 Centreville Rd., Chantilly

Oct. 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. by the St. Francis Statue outside the parish office.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021