friar and white maltese

Br. David Crank blesses a white Maltese.

Celebrating St. Francis

Please join the Franciscan friars of the Province of St. John the Baptist as they honor their founder, St. Francis of Assisi.


We invite you to join us in praying the Solemn Novena to St. Francis for nine days, September 25 – October 3, culminating on his feast day, October 4. Each day you will receive an email with a reflection by a Franciscan friar followed by the novena prayers in both written and video formats. Use the form below to sign up.


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Holy Family Parish
3027 Pearl St., Oldenburg, IN 47036
Sunday, October 2: Annual Parish Festival from 11:00 a. m. – 4:00 p.m. with chicken and roast beef dinners and our famous turtle soup . Games for adults and children. Various raffles, basket booth and silent auction. Everyone welcome!
Pet Blessings throughout the day.
Tuesday, October 4: Feast Day Masses 8:00 a.m. with St. Anthony devotions.

St. Mary of the Angels
3501 N. Miro St.
New Orleans, LA  70177-5839
Monday, October 3: Season of Creation Vespers and St. Francis Transitus Service at 6:00 St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 631 State St., New Orleans, La.
Tuesday, October 4: Feast Day Mass at 10:00 a.m. Fr. Joe Hund, OFM, presiding. Guest homilist Dominican friar Br. Herman Johnson, OP. Snacks and treats-to-go after service.
Pet Blessing TBA in November.

Church of the Transfiguration
25231 Code Road, Southfield, MI 48033
Saturday, October 1: Pet Blessing in the Prayer Garden at 11:15 a.m. (weather permitting)
Monday, October 3: Transitus service at 6:30 p.m. at the Felician Sisters of North America, 36800 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, Michigan 48150.
Tuesday, October 4: Feast Day Mass at noon. Live streaming on Facebook.

St. Anthony Shrine
5000 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223
Monday, October 3: Transitus service at 7:00 p.m., reception after the service.
Tuesday, October 4: Feast Day Mass at 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. with devotions to St. Anthony

St. Clement Church and School
4536 Vine St, St. Bernard, OH 45217
Tuesday, October 4: Feast Day Mass at 7:45 a.m. Pet Blessing from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on street in front of church. Walk up or drive by with your pet for the blessing.

St. Francis Seraph Church
1615 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sunday, October 2: Sunday Mass at 10:00 a.m. followed by Pet Blessing outside on street in front of church until noon. Pets are welcome to attend Mass!
Tuesday, October 4: Feast Day Mass at 8:00 a.m.

St. Francis Retreat House
3918 Chipman Road, Easton, PA 18045
Friday – Sunday September 30 – October 2: Weekend Retreat, “Pilgrimage with St. Francis of Assisi” with Fr. Greg Friedman, OFM. More information:
Sunday, October 2: Pet Blessing at 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 4: Feast Day Mass at 8:00 a.m.

Mary, Gate of Heaven Church

Norman Manley Blvd., Negril, Jamaica, WI
Tuesday, October 4: Feast Day Mass at 8:00 a.m.


Celebrate St. Francis, the Patron Saint of Animals, by sharing the cutest possible photo of your pets, whether they’re furry, feathered, scaly or even hairless!

STEP 1 – Submit the best photo of your pet on our Contest Site.

STEP 2Vote for your favorite entries – even your own!

STEP 3 – Share your pet’s entry on Facebook and other social platforms and encourage friends to vote for your pet photo. The pet photo with the most votes wins!

Three winners will be chosen from each category: Cat, Dog, Critters.
Winners will be announced on October 4th, The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Three 1st Place Winner: $100 Chewy Gift Card
Three 2nd Place Winner: $50 Chewy Gift Card
Three 3rd Place Winner: $25 Chewy Gift Card