St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, and his feast day is celebrated on Oct. 4. Annually, around the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, parishes and schools celebrate the feast day by having a pet blessing. Feel free to bring a photo of your pet if it is more convenient than bringing your pet. Be sure the furry, finned and feathered friends (and the shelled, slithering and spidery ones, too) are leashed or otherwise contained.
Below are some of the ones in the Diocese of Beaumont.
Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. in front of the parish center
St. Henry, 475 W. Round Bunch Road, Bridge City
Blessing of the Pets, Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m.
Our Lady of Victory, 225 W. Barkley, Sour Lake
Blessing of Pets, Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9:30 am.
St. Anne Catholic School, 375 N. 11th Street, Beaumont
Blessing of the Animals, Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 9:30 a.m. on the school campus
Catholic Student Center, Lamar University, Beaumont
Blessing of Pets, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m.
St Anthony Cathedral Basilica, 700 Jefferson Street, Beaumont
Blessing of Animals, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m. on the Plaza
St. Joseph, 4600 Procter Street, Port Arthur
Blessing of Pets, Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the school building
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 3706 Woodrow Drive, Port Arthur
Blessing of the Animals, Friday, Oct. 6 after the 8:30 a.m. school Mass
St. Charles Borromeo, 211 Hardy Ave., Nederland
Blessing of the Pets, Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. in the back parking lot.
St. Joseph, 2590 U.S. Highway 190 West, Livingston
Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. at the church parking lot
St. Francis of Assisi, 4300 Meeks, Drive, Orange
Annual Parish Picnic and Animal Blessing Sunday, Oct. 15
10:30 a.m. Mass will be outside, Blessing of the Animals during Mass, followed by the parish picnic
Infant Jesus, 243 S LHS Drive, Lumberton
Blessing of the Pets on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6:45 p.m.