Blessing of the Animals Festival

Bring pets or a photograph for a special individual prayer of blessing, plus displays and information from Santa Ynez Valley animal-related groups and organizations.

When: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Where: St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, Nojoqui and Alamo Pintado aves., Los Olivos, CA

Cost: Free

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Religion, Faith, Worship


All ages are welcome to bring pets (on a lead or in a crate) for a special individual prayer of blessing by The Rev. Dr. Randall Day, Priest & Rector of St. Mark’s starting at 5:00pm. The service will be a casual one, held outdoors in front of the church. (In the rare case of inclement weather, the festival will be held inside the church’s Stacy Hall.) If a pet cannot be transported or is unable to attend, a photograph can be blessed instead. Children are also welcome to bring stuffed animal toys for a blessing.

A reception will follow the service featuring animal treats and water for pets; and sodas, wine & cheese for their humans to enjoy. Celebrated near St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day of October 4, this blessing of the animals is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis’ love for all creatures great and small.

The Rev. Dr. Randall Day, St. Mark’s Priest and Rector remarked, “These creatures are our companions and friends and we as loving humans can learn from them, especially when it comes to living in the moment. Our pets will never discuss their five-year plans and they will never talk about how they regretted eating that last biscuit. They are here to remind us that we are alive now, to be awake and show us the spirit. We welcome all residents and visitors to join us in this celebration of animals."

For more information, visit

Phone: 805-688-4454

Event posted Oct. 11, 2012
Last updated Oct. 11, 2012


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