Blessing Of The Animals At St. John Church


To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church held the annual Blessing of the Animals on October 1. Dozens of parishioners brought their dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, and reptiles to the St. Francis Prayer Garden to receive a sprinkling of holy water and a special blessing. The Rev. Jeremy Smith read over the animals, “Oh, God … reach out with your right hand and grant that these animals may serve our needs and that your bounty in the resources of this life may move us to see more confidently the goal of eternal life.”


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