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Pet Blessings

Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 marks the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. To commemorate this observance, more than 110 Archdiocese of Chicago parishes and shrines will host outdoor pet blessings over the weekend, beginning Oct. 1 and continuing through Oct. 17, weather permitting.

Furry, feathery, fluffy, slimy and spikey friends of all shapes and sizes are welcome to the celebrations. All animals must be safely secured or on leashes. The pet blessings will be held on parish lawns or parking lots unless otherwise noted.

A list of many, but not all, participating parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago is included below. Attendees are asked to confirm details of the listings with their parishes in advance. Archdiocesan parishes are following the Illinois Department of Public Health safety guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation measures. 


Upcoming Dates

Friday, October 1

6 p.m.

  • St. Michael, 1633 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago. (Cookout with hot dogs – ‘Dogs for Dogs’ will take place from 4 – 6 p.m.).
Saturday, October 2

8 a.m.

  • St. Matthew, 1001 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg.

9 a.m.

  • St. Bede the Venerable and St. Denis, 8200 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago.
  • St. Catherine Laboure, 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview.  
  • Saints Kieran, Agnes and Paul Parish, at St. Agnes worship site, 1501 Chicago Rd., Chicago Heights.

9:30 a.m.

  • St. Thomas of Villanova, 1201 E. Anderson Dr., Palatine.

10 a.m.

  • National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown, 1600 W. Park Ave., Libertyville.  
  • Our Lady of Hope, 9711 W. Devon Ave., Rosemont. 
  • Sacred Heart, 8245 W. 111th St., Palos Hills.
  • Saint Francis Xavier, 124 N. Spring Ave., La Grange.
  • St. George, 6707 W. 175th St., Tinley Park.        

10:30 a.m.

  • Church of the Holy Spirit, 1451 W. Bode Rd., Schaumburg.         
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 708 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago.
  • Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, at the Queen of the Rosary worship site, 750 W. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village.

11 a.m.

  • Divine Savior, 7740 W. Montrose Ave., Norridge.
  • Old St. Mary's, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
  • Saint Andrew, 3546 N. Paulina St., Chicago. 
  • Saint Mary of Perpetual Help All Saints - Saint Anthony, 1039 W. 32nd St., Chicago.          
  • St. Christopher, 4130 W. 147th St., Midlothian.     
  • St. Mother Theodore Guerin, at the St. Cyprian worship site, 2601 Clinton St., River Grove.
  • St. Procopius / Providence of God, 1641 S. Allport St., Chicago (in the St. Procopius soccer field located at 16th Street and Racine Avenue). 
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka, 1327 N. Noble St., Chicago.
  • St. Vincent de Paul, 1010 W. Webster Ave., Chicago.
  • St. Zachary, 567 W. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines. 

11:30 a.m.

  • Mary, Mother of God Parish, three worship sites:

    • St. Gregory the Great, 5545 N. Paulina St., Chicago, in the courtyard parking lot.
    • St. Ita, 5500 N. Broadway Chicago, at the school playground on Magnolia Street between Catalpa Avenue and Bryn Mawr Avenue.
    • St. Thomas of Canterbury, 4827 N. Kenmore Ave., Chicago.

Noon

  • Immaculate Conception, 7211 W. Talcott Ave., Chicago.
  • Sts. Bruno and St. Richard, at St. Bruno worship site, 4751 S. Harding Ave.
  • St. Edna, 2525 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights.
  • St. Elizabeth Seton, in the parking lot of the Gubbins Center, 94th Avenue and 167th Street, Orland Hills.
  • St. Francis of Assisi, 15050 S. Wolf Rd., Orland Park, at the St. Francis Center.
  • St. Gilbert, 301 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, in the east parking lot next to the chapel.
  • St. Julie Billiart, 7399 W. 159th St., Tinley Park, on the south side of the church near the Mary Garden.
  • Saints Kieran, Agnes and Paul Parish, at St. Kieran worship site, 724 195th St., Chicago Heights.
  • St. Michael, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park, in the Meditation Garden.
  • St. Mother Theodore Guerin, at the St. Celestine worship site, 3020 N. 76th Ct., Elmwood Park.
  • St. Norbert and Our Lady of the Brook Parish, 1809 Walters Ave., Northbrook.      
  • St. Peter's in the Loop, 110 W. Madison St., Chicago.
  • St. William, 2600 N. Sayre Ave., Chicago.          

12:10 p.m.

  • Our Lady, Mother of the Church, 8747 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago

12:30 p.m.

  • Our Lady of the Ridge/St. Linus Parish, at the worship site of St. Linus, 10300 S. Lawler Ave., Oak Lawn.

1 p.m.

  • St. Anne, 120 N. Ela St., Barrington.
  • Sts. Bruno and St. Richard, St. Richard worship site, 5032 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago.
  • Our Lady of the Lakes, two worship sites:
    • St. Bede, 36455 N. Wilson Rd., Ingleside
    • St. Peter, 557 Lake St., Antioch
  • Sts. Martha & Isaac Jogues Parish, 8149 Golf Rd., Niles, in the field by the rectory.
  • St. Robert Bellarmine, 4646 N. Austin Ave., Chicago, in the back parking lot.

2 p.m.

  • St. John the Evangelist, 502 S. Park Blvd., Streamwood, by the statue of St. Francis at the far end of the main parking lot near the rectory.
  • Queen of Martyrs, 10233 S. Central Park Ave., Evergreen Park.

4 p.m.

  • Blessed Maria Gabriella Parish, at the Holy Innocents worship site, 743 N. Armour St., Chicago.

5 p.m.

  • Sts. Ann, James and John Parish, at the St. James worship site, 22400 Torrence Ave., Sauk Village. 
  • St. Thomas Becket, 1321 N. Burning Bush Ln., Mt. Prospect.
Sunday, October 3

10:30 a.m.

  • St. Gertrude, 1420 W. Granville Ave., Chicago.

11 a.m.

  • St. Raphael the Archangel, 40000 North U.S. Highway 45, Old Mill Creek.

11:15 a.m.

  • St. Josaphat, 2311 N. Southport Ave., Chicago.

11:30 a.m.

  • Sts. Ann, James and John Parish, at the St. Ann worship site, 3010 Ridge Rd., Lansing.

Noon

  • Holy Cross, 724 Elder Ln., Deerfield, on the front lawn of the house on the hill. Guests are asked to bring a donation of pet food to be donated to a shelter in our area.
  • St. Emeric, 4330 180th St., Country Club Hills.     
  • St. Mary, 1012 Lake St., Evanston.
  • The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, the blessing will occur at Arrigo Park (across from Shrine), 1300 W. Lexington/800 S. Lytle, Chicago. 

12:30 p.m.

  • St. Bernadette, blessing to take place at 50 Acre Park located at 91st Street and California Avenue, Evergreen Park.
  • St. Pius X, 4300 S. Oak Park Ave., Stickney.

12:45 p.m.

  • St. Mary of Vernon, 236 U.S. Highway 45, Indian Creek.

1 p.m.

  • Our Lady of the Wayside, 434 W. Park St., Arlington Heights.
  • St. Damian Church, 5250 W. 155th St., Oak Forest, in the grotto.
  • St. Edward, 4350 W. Sunnyside Ave., Chicago.
  • St. James, 820 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights.
  • Sts. Peter-Lambert Parish, at the St. Peter worship site, 8116 Niles Center Rd., Skokie, in the St. Francis Garden.

1:30 p.m.

  • St. Ladislaus, 5345 W. Roscoe Street, Chicago.
  • Two Holy Martyrs Parish, at the St. Rene Goupil worship site​, 6949 W. 63rd Pl., Chicago.

2 p.m.

  • St. Clement, 642 W. Deming Pl., Chicago.
  • St. Mary of the Angels, 1850 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago.
  • St. Priscilla, 6949 W. Addison St., Chicago.
  • St. Vincent Ferrer, 1530 Jackson Ave., River Forest.

2:30 p.m.

  • St. Genevieve and Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr, 4835 W. Altgeld St., Chicago, on the front steps off of Lamon Avenue

3 p.m.

  • St. Eugene, 7958 W. Foster Ave., Chicago.
  • St. Mary, Star of the Sea, 6435 S. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago.
  • St. Rita of Cascia, 6243 S. Fairfield Ave., Chicago.

3:30 p.m.

  • Our Lady of the Snows, 4810 S. Leamington Ave., Chicago.

4 p.m.

  • St. Joseph, across from the parish at Sunrise Rotary Park, intersection of West Church Street and Milwaukee Avenue.
Monday, October 4

8:15 a.m.

  • Queen of Apostles Parish, at the Queen of Angels School Courtyard, 4520 N. Western Ave., Chicago. 

3 p.m.

  • Sacred Heart & St. Eulalia, at St. Eulalia worship site, 1845 S. 9th Ave., Maywood.
  • St. Ferdinand School, 3131 N. Mason Ave., Chicago, in the parking lot just east of the intersection of Austin and Belmont.          
  • St. John Brebeuf, 8305 N. Harlem Ave., Niles.

3:30 p.m.

  • St. Alphonsus, 1429 W. Wellington St., Chicago.
  • St. Alphonsus Liguori, 411 N. Wheeling Rd., Prospect Heights.
  • St. John Fisher, 10235 S. Fairfield Ave., Chicago.

4 p.m.

  • Church of St. Mary, 201 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, at the St. Mary's Green.
  • St. Barnabas, 10134 S. Longwood Dr., Chicago.
  • St. Cletus, 600 W. 55th St., La Grange.
  • Incarnation Church, 5757 W. 127th St., Crestwood.
  • Most Holy Redeemer, 9525 S. Lawndale Ave., Evergreen Park.
  • Sacred Heart & St. Eulalia, at the Sacred Heart worship site, 819 N. 16th Ave., Melrose Park.     
  • St. Emily, 1400 E. Central Rd., Mount Prospect.                 
  • St. Joseph, 17951 Dixie Hwy., Homewood.
  • St. Paul of the Cross, 320 S. Washington Ave., Park Ridge.

4:30 p.m.

  • St. Gerald, 9310 S. 55th Ct., Oak Lawn.
  • Queen of All Saints Basilica, 6280 N. Sauganash Ave., Chicago.

5 p.m.

  • Christ the King Parish, 9235 S. Hamilton Ave., Chicago.

5:30 p.m.

  • Divine Mercy Parish, at the Sacred Heart worship site, 1077 Tower Rd., Winnetka.
  • Saint Basil Visitation, 843 W. Garfield Blvd., Chicago.
  • Sts. Viator & Wenceslaus, at the St. Wenceslaus worship site, 3400 N. Monticello Ave., Chicago.

6 p.m.

  • Sts. Hedwig and John Berchmans Parish, at the St. Hedwig worship site, 2226 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago.    
  • St. Daniel the Prophet, 5300 S. Natoma Ave., Chicago.

6:30 p.m.

  • Saint Mary of the Lake and Our Lady of Lourdes, at the Saint Mary of the Lake worship site, ​4220 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago.

7 p.m.

  • Sts. Viator & Wenceslaus, at the St. Viator worship site, 4170 W. Addison St., Chicago.
Saturday, October 9

9 a.m.

  • Sts. Alphonsus & St. Patrick, 605 State St., Lemont.                 

9:30 a.m.

Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, blessing in front of St. Bartholomew School, 4941 W. Patterson Ave., Chicago.

10 a.m.

  • St. Padre Pio, 5600 N. Fairfield Ave., Chicago, in the grassy area between the gym and church. 

Noon

  • Holy Virgin Martyrs, 4157 Atlantic Ave., Schiller Park.
Sunday, October 17

3 p.m.

  • Holy Name Cathedral, 735 N. State St., Chicago (this will be a blessing not a Mass as in year’s past).