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Construction will not stop 10th annual pet blessing at St. Raphael

by Anne Straitiff
Westlake/Bay Village Observer

Fr. Ryan Cubera includes Matthew Rising in the blessing of Matthew's dogs at last year's pet blessing at St. Raphael.

Fr. Ryan Cubera includes Matthew Rising in the blessing of Matthew’s dogs at last year’s pet blessing at St. Raphael.

Construction of a new church building at St. Raphael Parish will not stop the celebration of the 10th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the church in Bay Village.

The event was first held in 2005 to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog treats from Landmark will be distributed, and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

St. Raphael pastor, Fr. Timothy W. Gareau, commented about the construction and the pet blessing. “We are blessed at St. Raphael with a vibrant and growing parish, and we’re grateful for the construction now underway on our new church building. We welcome all our friends in the surrounding neighborhoods to join with us on this day, to give thanks for all God’s creatures – especially our faithful animal companions – and ask for His continued blessings on our families, our community, and on all living things entrusted to our care.”

St. Raphael is located at 525 Dover Center Road. Parking is behind the church.

Please note: Dogs should be on leashes; cats and other pets in carriers or cages. The event will be cancelled if it rains.

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