Most have fur. Some have feathers. A few even have scales. They’re the pets that students brought for blessings at some of our Catholic schools on the recent feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.
St. Francis is known for his care of creation, so his feast day, Oct. 4, is a good time to reflect on how we can also care for creation. In blessing the pets, we ask God to keep these companions safe and to teach us to be good stewards.
Enjoy photos from several “blessing of the pets” events below.
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