What follows is a listing of Animal Blessing services in honour of Saint Francis’ Feast Day, (October 4th) by region throughout the Diocese of New Westminster.
Many of the services are on Sunday, October 3rd but there are also a number taking place, Saturday, October 2nd. For location and contact information please click on the church title heading to go to their websites or maps.
Francis of Assisi lived in 13th century Italy and was known for his work among the poor, although he also included all of nature in his ministry – preaching to birds and wolves, reminding them of God’s care for the entire creation. All of us—birds, pets, and people—are to thank and glorify our Creator. – Jeffrey Preiss, Communications and Community Engagement VST
Blessing of the Animals, October 3rd, 7pm. (8th Annual)
This simple, short service gathers people and their pets from all over the neighbourhood to give thanks for God's creation and especially for their animal partners. All animals suitably leased or caged please. If you have a shy pet, bring a photograph instead. Individual prayers of blessing included in the service along with some well-known hymns. We have a board of remembrance on which to write the name of your recently deceased pet.
Delta, Ladner, Tsawassen
All Saints, Ladner
Blessing the Animals, October 3rd, 2pm
The Blessing of the Animals, October 2nd, 2:30pm
The Parish of St. James invites all to give thanks for the gift of pets.
Dogs on leashes; all other critters in cages, please.
The Blessing of Pets & Animals, Sunday, October 3rd, 2pm - All animals (two, four and multi-legged) are welcome.
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Ridgemeadows and the Eastern Townships and Suburbs
Blessing of Animals and Celebration of Creation, October 3rd, 11am
Fraser Valley (South Fraser)
(The place of New Beginnings)
Annual Pet Service, Saturday, October 16th at 4pm
Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis, October 3rd at 10am.
Youth will lead the service, assisting the greeters, providing readings, prayers, and the reflection in the form of a play. The younger children will be invited to come and stand at the front near the altar during the prayers leading up to Holy Communion so they can have a “bird’s eye” view of what happens. There will be chairs for the wee ones, parental assistance is required.
Blessing of the Animals October, 3rd at 3pm
The Blessing of Animals, October 3rd at 2pm. A service of thankgiving for all the ways that animals enrich our lives.
For those whose animals cannot be present, and for those whose beloved ones have gone over the Rainbow Bridge, paper is provided upon which to write the animal(s) name(s) for placement upon a poster.
Blessing of Animals, October 3rd at 1pm. In the parking lot by the church (12996 - 60 Avenue) by the Rev. Sue Foley-Currie. There will be a short participatory reading about the stewardship of God's creatures.
A Pet Blessing and Neighbourhood Open House, October 3, 2pm - Service, 2:30pm - Reception.
Treats for all God's Creatures. All are Welcome (with or without pets).
Blessing of Animals and Holy Eucharist, October 3, 10am
Blessing of the Animals, October 3rd, 10am
An Anglican church in the heart of Richmond
Blessing of the Animals, October 3rd, 3pm.
This ancient and happy tradition dates back to the time of St. Francis of Assisi and is intended to
offer thanks and blessings for
all members of the animal kingdom with
whom we share God’s Creation.
Blessing of the Animals Service, Sunday, October 3rd at 3pm - All are welcome - dogs on leashes, all other critters in cages in please
Sunshine Coast and Powell River
Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 3rd at 10.30am
Blessing of Pets, October 2, at 11am
The Blessing of Animals, Saturday, October 2, 11am-12noon. Please bring your dog, cat, lizard, fish, turtle, rabbit - even your favourite stuffed bear. This will be a fun-filled celebration of God's creation.
Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody)
Blessing of Animals and Celebration of Creation, October 3rd, 8:30am
Blessing of the Animals Service, October 3rd, 2pm. Followed by a pet fair. Please leash or cage pets to keep them safte
Vancouver South (Kitsilano, Point Grey, Kerrisdale, Marpole
Animal Blessing during the main Sunday service, October 3rd, 10:30am
Animal Blessings under the tent, Thursday, October 7th, 1:30-4pm
Blessing of the Animals, October 4th, 5pm.
The Blessing will take place in the Meditation Garden, in front of VST’s Epiphany Chapel
West Vancouver and Sea to Sky
The Feast of St. Francis, Patronal festival worship, Sunday, October 3rd, 10am. For the second year in a row, a "Franciscan Pageant" that will involve worship that takes place both outdoors (weather permitting) and in the Church. The worship includes readings from scripture as well as readings from the life of St. Francis. This is not an "Animal Blessing" service although animals are welcome and some will be present.