Churches bless pets in annual celebration

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 10:07 a.m. CDT

DeKALB – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church invites animal lovers to bring their favorite four-legged friends and other creatures to a pet blessing celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the church, 900 Normal Road in DeKalb.

The pet blessing is traditionally celebrated on the first Sunday in October, close to the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his affection for animals of all kinds. The Right Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, will be the special guest. He and the priests of St. Paul’s will offer personal blessings for pets in attendance. Pets of all sizes are welcome to attend. TAILS Humane Society will be present with some pets still looking for homes.

The celebration will be held in the front yard of the church; if it rains, the celebration will move indoors. Donations of pet toys and paper towels for TAILS will be collected.www.stpaulsdekalb.org/petblessingceremony.html.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sycamore will also bless pets, in a ceremony at 3:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. That ceremony will take place in the lot across from St. Mary school on Waterman Street.

For the safety of people and animals in attendance, pets at either ceremony should be leashed, caged or crated as appropriate. Photographs may be brought to honor pets who prefer not to travel.

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