The following parishes have announced pet blessings in early October, in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi.
Born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named Francesco, he was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, the Third Order of St. Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land.
He is the patron saint of the environment and animals because he loved all creatures and it’s said he even preached to the birds. His feast day is Oct. 4.
All Saints, McAdoo – Sunday, Oct. 10, noon, at both All Saints and Our Lady of Lourdes, Weatherly.
Annunciation BVM, Catasauqua – Sunday, Oct. 3, noon, parking lot 122 Union St., rain or shine, animals should be leashed or in carrier, parish office 610-264-2332.
Assumption BVM, Bethlehem – Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m., courtyard of St. Michael School.
Assumption BVM, Northampton – Sunday, Oct. 3, noon, rectory lawn at corner of 22nd Street and Lincoln Avenue, blessing after brief prayer service; bring your dogs, cats, birds and other pets to this celebration; make sure animals are leashed or caged for their safety.
Assumption BVM, Slatington – Sunday, Oct. 10, 12:30 p.m., parking lot front of church.
Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown, Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m., school playground on St. George Street.
Divine Mercy, Shenandoah – Sunday, Oct. 3, 11:15 a.m., St. Casimir Church parking lot.
Holy Family, Minersville – Monday, Oct. 4, 8:30 to 9 a.m., in front of St. Matthew Church, please keep animals outside of church.
Holy Family, Nazareth – Monday, Oct. 4, 10:45 and 11:15 a.m., gym parking lot 512 W. Center St., pets must be leashed or crated.
Immaculate Conception, Douglassville – Sunday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., in front of church.
Most Blessed Sacrament, Bally – Saturday, Oct. 9, after 4:30 p.m. Mass, church parking lot, all creatures big and small invited.
Notre Dame of Bethlehem – Saturday, Oct. 2, 1 p.m., in front of Blessed Mother Grotto, canceled in case of rain.
Our Lady Help of Christians, Allentown – Sunday, Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m., outdoors, bring your pets (or even just their picture or their ashes), leashed or in a carrier.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Weatherly – Sunday, Oct. 10, noon, at both Our Lady of Lourdes and All Saints, McAdoo.
Queenship of Mary, Northampton – Sunday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., in front of convent.
St. Ambrose, Schuylkill Haven – Sunday, Oct. 3, noon, in front of parish center, be sure your beloved pet is leashed or caged; in event of inclement weather remain in your car and drive around the church circle, and Monsignor Edward Zemanik will bless your pet in the car. Also accepting donations of pet food and supplies for Hillside SPCA, or monetary or gift card donation to Hillside SPCA, please place gift in plain envelope marked SPCA or Hillside and place in Sunday collection weekend of Oct. 3-4.
St. Ann, Emmaus – Sunday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m., parish grounds, 610-965-2426.
St. Catharine of Siena, Reading – Sunday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m., 610-779-4005.
St. Charles Borromeo, Ashland and St. Joseph the Worker, Frackville – Monday, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m., St. Ann Grove in rear of 49 N. Line St., Frackville.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Whitehall – Monday, Oct. 4, 7:45 a.m., parish parking lot across from the church and school, with Father Stan Moczydlowski, more information 610-266-0695 ext. 208.
St. Francis of Assisi, Allentown – Monday, Oct. 4, 6 p.m., church parking lot, rain or shine, questions, call 610-433-6102.
St. John Baptist de la Salle, Shillington – Saturday, Oct. 2, noon, church parking lot.
St. John the Baptist, Whitehall – Sunday, Oct. 3, approximately 11:45 a.m., the back parking lot (weather permitting).
St. John Fisher, North Catasauqua – Sunday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m., on the green between the church and the rectory; all animals, and even their owners, are welcome.
St. Joseph, Sheppton – Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.
St. Joseph, Summit Hill – Saturday, Oct. 2, noon, church parking lot.
St. Joseph the Worker, Frackville and St. Charles Borromeo, Ashland – Monday, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m., St. Ann Grove in rear of 49 N. Line St., Frackville.
St. Mary, Ringtown – Saturday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m.
St. Patrick, Pottsville – Saturday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m., church parking lot (Mahantongo Street), with Father Philip Rodgers; your dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, etc.
St. Peter, Coplay – Sunday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m., Heritage Center grounds.
SS. Peter and Paul, Lehighton – Saturday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m., Coal Street parking lot, 610-377-3690.
St. Richard, Barnesville – Sunday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m., church parking lot, rain or shine.
St. Rocco, Martins Creek – Monday, Oct. 4, 5:45 p.m., parish festival grounds.
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, Hellertown – Sunday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., outdoors by the Fatima and St. Theresa Shrine, all pets must be leased or in a carrier.
St. Ursula, Fountain Hill – Sunday, Oct. 3, noon, church parking lot at 1301 Sioux St. (behind St. Ursula).