Basilica’s Blessing of the Animals coming up

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September 24, 2012 // UPDATED 9:18 pm - January 1, 2013
By: Jeremy Zoss & Sarah McKenzie & Dylan Thomas
Jeremy Zoss & Sarah McKenzie & Dylan Thomas

HENNEPIN — The Basilica of Saint Mary is holding its annual Blessing of the Animals event Sept. 30. The event is tied to the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi who was known for his love of animals. 

Pets and their loved ones are scheduled to gather on the Basilica lawn at 1 p.m. The service is at 1:30 p.m. followed by a processional of pets, their owners, clergy and other members of the congregation at 2:30 p.m. for a festival on the lawn. 

Blessing of the Animals T-shirts and bandanas will be fore sale. For more details, go to mary.org.