Blessing Rockaway’s Animals

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Sunday, October 4 marked the feast of St. Francis of Assissi, and what better way to celebrate the patron saint of animals than by giving them a blessing. Pet parents across the peninsula brought out their four-legged friends for the annual Blessing of the Animals.

From St. Thomas More in Breezy to St. Rose of Lima and St. Francis de Sales, there were so many animals waiting for blessings you’d think Noah was preparing another ark. As Father Bill Sweeney at the St. Francis Prayer Garden put it, “This event has gone to the dogs!” But even cats, bunnies and turtles got a splash of holy water on Saturday.

 

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