October is one of our favorite months because many important dates in this tenth month celebrates cats. This weekend is the blessing of pets throughout churches in the U.S. in honor of St. Francis of Assisi who devouted to a life void of material things, helping the poor and homeless animals.
Francis saw animals as his brothers and sisters because they were God’s creatures, just like people. He said of animals:
“Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission -- to be of service to them wherever they require it.”
So Francis prayed that God would work through him to help animals as well as people.
His Saint Day is observed October 4th and therefore the Blessing of Animals is observed on or near October 4th.
In downtown Miami, Riverfront Cats is volunteering and celebrating at Trinity Cathedral beginning at 4pm.
464 NE 16th St Miami, FL 33132
Have you had your pet blessed? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Check local listings in your area. You don't have to be Catholic to attend. All are welcome!