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Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals following the Choral Eucharist

Sunday, October 2 @ 12:15 pm 1:00 pm

Celebrate the patron saint of our city, animals, and the environment, with the blessings of individual pets to follow each service on the plaza. NEW this year, special photo opportunity on the plaza!

Bring your finned, feathered, and fluffy friends for a special blessing as a token of the love St. Francis showed for all beings. Pets must be on a leash or in a secure carrier and are welcome at all Sunday services at 8:30 am, 11 am, and 6 pm.  

Learn more about the Feast of St. Francis.

Though he was born into wealth, St. Francis rejected and gave up this life upon a pilgrimage to Rome, becoming a friar and living a life of poverty. In fact, the Franciscans — a religious order of his founding — concentrate on caring for the poor. Today, St. Francis is mostly associated with animals, due to his love of the environment and all creatures, with one account claiming he even preached to the birds.

Event Details

Join us in the cathedral plaza. The plaza is located to the right of the entrance to the cathedral at the top of the Great Steps. The accessible entrance is via the breezeway on Sacramento Street between Taylor and Jones Streets or via the garage elevator.

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