St. Raphael's annual pet blessing set for Oct. 8

This little pup was eager to be blessed by Deacon Tom Senn at last year's event. Photo by Bill Bine

Bearded dragons, hermit crabs and less-exotic household animals and their families are invited to the 11th annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.

Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog treats from Landmark will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

The event was first held in 2005 to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

St. Raphael pastor, Fr. Tim Gareau, commented, “We welcome all our friends in the surrounding neighborhoods to join with us on this day, to give thanks for all God’s creatures – especially our faithful animal companions – and ask for his continued blessings on our families, our community, and on all living things entrusted to our care."

St. Raphael is located at 525 Dover Center Road; parking is behind the church.

Please note: Dogs should be on leashes; cats and other pets in carriers or cages. The event will be cancelled if it rains.

Anne Straitiff

A citizen of Bay Village and a parishioner of St. Raphael.

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