In honor of St. Francis’ feast day Oct. 4, many schools and parishes hosted Blessings of the Animals. Here are just a few shared with us — share yours by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergartners at Holy Family School in Syracuse brought some of their favorite stuffed animals to the parish Shrine, where Father John Manno joined them and gave the toys a special blessing.
Father Cliff Auth blessed many four-legged friends, like those seen here, at St. Mary’s Academy in Baldwinsville.
The parking lot of Notre Dame Elementary School in Utica was full of all God’s creatures — cats, dogs, hermit crabs, and even a turtle. Following Mass, students had their animals blessed by Father Joe Salerno.