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Churches to bless family pets Oct. 4

Sep 22, 2020
Courtesy of: St. Margaret's Episcopal Church Blessing of the Animals at St. Margaret's last year.

Belfast — Two Belfast churches will hold traditional Blessings of the Animals Sunday, Oct. 4, to celebrate the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals. All pets are welcome.

St. Francis of Assisi Church will bless animals in the parking lot of Waldo County YMCA, 157 Lincolnville Ave., following the church's 8:30 a.m. drive-thru Mass. As prayers are offered, the pets will be gently sprinkled with holy water.

At St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, the Rev. John Nieman will bless family pets at 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn of the church at 95 Court St., Belfast. All humans attending are required to wear masks. Dogs must be leashed, cats preferably in travel carriers, and any other critters appropriately contained. No muzzles or masks required for them.

St. Margaret's church building is closed and undergoing renovations during the pandemic. Information about Sunday services is available on St. Margaret’s website,

Saint Francis of Assisi was known for his love of all of God’s creatures. The Blessing of the Animals remembers Francis’ love by invoking God’s blessing on the animals and thanking God for letting us share the earth. The blessing also recognizes the important place that pets hold in people’s hearts.

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