An assortment of animals, including dogs, a black-and-white rabbit and two Cockatoos, came out with their human companions on a warm Saturday afternoon for a blessing at Holy Family Grade School.
Fr. Jim Bevacqua, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church, said he decided to hold the event around the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
The feast day was Oct. 4, but because it was a school and business day, Bevacqua said the weekend was a better fit.
“Animals are important. They are a big part of the lives of many,” Bevacqua said. “They help a lot of people and set an example for us humans on how to behave in terms of loyalty and not having an attitude. A lot of animals demonstrate unconditional love.”
Just before 2 p.m., parishioners and school families began walking in to the school parking lot with their pets, mostly dogs, taking a seat under the arbor and chatting about their pets before the ceremony started.