Bless Your Pet? Chicago's Catholic Churches Say Bring Them To Mass Sunday

WBBM Newsradio
October 05, 2019 - 6:17 pm
Pets blessed at church

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Bring your pet to Mass this weekend so that in honor of one earth-friendly saint, some Catholic priests can bless them.

Friday marked the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, and to commemorate this observance, more than 70 Archdiocese of Chicago parishes and schools will host outdoor pet blessings during this weekend.

The popularity of the pet blessings hosted by the Archdiocese of Chicago has many church parishes and schools participating in the outdoor masses that honor St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Father Greg Sakowicz of Holy Name Cathedral said all creatures great and small are welcome.

"Dogs, cats, and mice and parrots and canaries and parakeets and lizards...even a few snakes...and they have them blessed," he said.

Father Greg himself is a patron of the animal kingdom and at his former parish, he raised canaries --  at one point hosting 42 of them.

He said Sunday's event is just like any other Mass, except that after communion the pets are blessed in a special ceremony.

"A lady once brought a frog, and during the blessing, it jumped out of the box and almost got eaten by a dog," he recalled.

You can check the Archdiocese's website for the ever-growing list of outdoor pet blessing Masses in your area.

Reported by WBBM Newsradio's Brandon Ison.