Traditionally, on the Feast Day Saint Anthony Abbot (Saint Anthony the Great) animals, goats, chickens, you name it, are taken to churches around the country to be blessed by a priest. And this year, the SPCA de PV is sponsoring a blessing to be given at Puerta del Cielo, the new chapel of Hacienda San Angel at 363 Miramar.
The Thursday morning event is free and open to the public (human), but restricted to household pets only. Dogs must be on leashes and cats in cages. This is the modern yuppie version of the traditional Mexican pet blessing.
Father Juan Francisco Gradilla Gutierrez will give the blessing at 11 am sharp, so please arrive early, 10:30 ideally, so as not to interrupt the service.
Following the blessing there will be refreshments for pets and their owners offered in the garden of Hacienda San Angel, which promises to be a fun time for all.