From West Life newspaper:
St. Raphael Church is adding a new twist to its fifth annual "Blessing of the Pets" that celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Bicycles will be blessed in addition to household pets of all kinds at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 1, on the front lawn of the church. Individual blessings will be given to each animal and bicycle. Children are encouraged to decorate their bikes. Pets will receive treats, and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. All are welcome. If you would like to help a local animal shelter, please bring to donate: hard plastic dish pans, two-compartment food and water dishes, canned cat food, flea products or gift cards from local veterinarians. The church is located at 525 Dover Center Road, between Lake and Detroit. Dogs should be on leashes; cats and other pets in carriers or cages. The event will be cancelled if it rains.