This time of year, Christian families all over the world celebrate St. Francis Day in honor of St. Francis of Assisi- the Patron Saint of Animals. We’ve gathered some of the 2020 ceremonies happening in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Portsmouth, Virginia! Please share others with us if your church is not listed here!

** Double check with each church prior to attending. Animals should be on leashes, or in crates/cages, fishbowls, etc. Masks and social distancing are required for most events.**

Virginia Beach:

  • Bayside Christian Church: Sunday, October 4th 2pm-4pm; Chic’s Beach by the bridge
  • The Gathering at Scott Memorial UMC: Sunday, October 4th 3pm-5pm; drive-thru
  • First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach: Sept. 22 & 23rd by appointment

Portmouth:

  • St. John’s Church: Sunday, October 4th 11:15am

Norfolk:

  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church: Sunday, October 4th 2pm-2:30pm

By Phone:

  • PETA is making a recorded phone blessing accessible to every animal and every guardian across the U.S. To have your animals receive Father Dear’s blessing by phone, simply call toll-free 1-833-Assisi-1 (1-833-277-4741).

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