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Priests in the Diocese of Brooklyn Will Bless the Animals to Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

The Tablet Staff

The Diocese of Brooklyn will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi tomorrow, Tuesday, October 4, 2022, with the special Blessing of the Animals by members of the clergy throughout the day outside churches in Brooklyn and Queens.

Saint Francis, who lived in the 12th century, is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. Pet owners are invited to bring their animals for a special blessing, asking God to grant them good health and to keep them from harm.

 The following is a partial list of events where pets will be blessed:

  • 3 p.m. – St. Andrew Avellino, 35-60 158th Street in Flushing, Queens
  • 4 p.m. – St. Mel’s, 26-15 154th Street in Flushing, Queens
  • 6 p.m. – St. Sebastian’s, 58-02 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens
  • 6 p.m. – St. Athanasius, 6115 Bay Parkway, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (Parking lot)
  • 6 p.m. – St. Dominic’s, 2001 Bay Ridge Parkway, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
  • 6:30 p.m. – St. Thomas More, 204-25 Rockaway Point Boulevard, Breezy Point
  • 6:30 p.m. – Holy Name of Jesus, 245 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
  •  6:30 p.m. – St. Helen’s, 157-10 83rd Street, Howard Beach, Queens
  • 6:30 p.m. – St. Finbar, 138 Bay 20th Street, Brooklyn
  • Our Lady of Sorrows, 104-11 37th Avenue, Queens, (after the 8 AM and 7 PM Mass)
  • St. Bernard, 2055 E. 69th Street, Brooklyn, (8 AM schoolyard, 6 PM outside Church)
  • St Teresa of Avila. 563 sterling place, 3 PM on Saturday October 8, Outside
  • CoCathedral of St Joseph. 856 pacific street, 3 PM on Sunday October 9, Outside