Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis around the Province

Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis around the Province

Pet Blessings

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Washington, DC: 11:00 am, Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, Celebrate St. Francis, the patron saint of animals, by bringing your pets to the Franciscan Monastery for a special blessing by the friars, held in our gardens!

Southfield, MI: 11:00 – noon in the Prayer Garden (weather permitting) of Church of the Transfiguration. For more information:

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Easton, Pennsylvania: 2:00 pm at the St. Francis Retreat House. For more information:

Cincinnati, OH: After the 10:00 am Mass at St. Francis Seraph Church. Free Pet Clinic from Noon till 4:00 PM. For more information:

Oldenburg, IN: 11:00 am at Holy Family Parish. Says Fr. Dave Kobak, OFM, "If you would like to have your pet blessed, bring them along to the festival, any friar in a brown habit would be happy to bless your pet!" For more information:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Cincinnati, OH: 9:30 AM at St. Clement School. The children meet up with their parents/guardians who bring their pets. Some little ones bring stuffed animals. Parishioners and neighbors join us.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Detroit, MI: 10:00 AM outside the church at St. Al’s, Detroit - In the spirit of St Francis, animals will be blessed. Bring your pets and join the local pigeons, sea gulls, squirrels, and flies.


It is a ritual common to families everywhere. When someone we love passes away, we take comfort in remembering how they lived and how they died. Each year on the evening of Oct. 3, members of the Franciscan family gather to remember the passing of St. Francis into eternal life in an observance known as the "Transitus" (from the Latin, meaning "crossing"). "Francis saw ‘Sister Death’ not as a great enemy but as a necessary part of his return to God’s embrace," writes Fr. Pat McCloskey, OFM, in Peace and Good: Through the Year with Francis of Assisi (Franciscan Media). Through prayer, readings and song, the Transitus service reflects the peace and joy experienced by Francis in his final hours. It is a simple and somber prelude to the Feast of St. Francis, celebrated throughout the world on Oct. 4.

Washington, DC: Transitus Monday Oct 3, 7:00 PM Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land.

Southfield, MI: Transitus Service Monday, October 3, 7:00 PM Church of the Transfiguration.

Cincinnati, OH: Transitus Service Monday, October 3, 7:00 PM St. Clement Parish.

Feast Day Masses

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Washington, DC: 6:00am, 9:00 am, 5:30 pm Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land.