On September 29, after the Nuns' Fun Run, St. James will celebrate its annual "Blessing of the Pets" at 9:30am on the lawn in front of the church. Take this opportunity to have your animal companion, or companions, blessed for the coming year so that they may have God's love and protection. Pets have a long history at St. James, including Shadow, our IHM Sisters' pet dog; Coco, who proceeded Shadow's residency at the Convent, and who we sadly had to say goodbye to this year; Jamie, Father Tran's pet dog, who we said goodbye to in 2017 as Father Tran left us for another assignment; and Jock, Msgr. Paul V. Heller's beloved dog and official "guardian" of the Rectory from 1966 to 1981. If you should have any questions about the "Blessing of the Pets" contact the rectory at 703-532-8115.