October 1, 2014

Saint Francis of Assisi…pray for us

This dog doesn't seem to like holy water
Tonight we held our annual Blessing of the Animals event on the frontlawn of Trinity High School.  Father John Bucchino, OFM, the pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Manchester, was our celebrant.  Once again, the weather was wet and drizzly and this is only the second time in four years that we have been able to have this event because of rain.  But I was determined to have it tonight and the rain ended right before we began so it worked out very well.

Despite the weather we had a very nice crowd and after a brief prayer service, during which we all read Psalm 8 together, Father John went around to each pet and offered a prayer for them and blessed them and their owners (who got their own separate prayer too).  I handed out a St. Francis prayer card to each person as well as another prayer that had a medal of St. Francis taped to it (courtesy of Fr. John).  People mostly brought dogs but we did have a few cats and two turtles!

Mrs. Henning took a number of great pictures which you can see here.

Thanks to all who joined us tonight, it was a lot of fun.    

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