Blessing of the animals at St. Anne Church

DEXTER — Animal lovers from around Maine are invited to flock to have their animal companions blessed outdoors in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day (Sunday, Oct. 4). A blessing will take place at 11:30 a.m. at St. Anne Church, 64 Free Street, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.


All pets are welcome to attend any of the Blessing of the Animals events scheduled for October in Maine. As prayers are offered, the pets will be gently sprinkled with holy water. Events around the state are listed at


St. Francis of Assisi was known for his love of all of God’s creatures. The Blessing of the Animals remembers Francis’ love by invoking God’s blessing on the animals and thanking God for letting us share the earth. The blessing also recognizes the important place that pets hold in people’s hearts.

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