On Wednesday October 4th the playground at St. Agnes School became a menagerie of animals reminiscent of Noah’s Ark as the school celebrated Pet Blessing Day. Students in Grades PreSchool through Grade 6 brought in all sorts of ‘pets’, from stuffed animals and pictures of their pets to the real thing: there were the traditional dogs and cats, as well as a tortoise, guinea pigs, gerbils, rabbits, parakeets, frogs and even a bearded dragon.
Pet Blessing Day in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi has been a tradition at the school for many years. In the past, the celebration has included visits by cows, horses, goldfish, snails, butterflies, chickens and goats as well as the standard cats and dogs. It really is a chance to enjoy and recognize all of God’s creatures in honor of St. Francis of Assisi who is the patron saint of animals. The students bring in their pets for a visit and a blessing, this year bestowed by Father Michael Fowler, Parochial Administrator for St. Agnes, St. Rose and St. Paul of the Cross Parish. Father Fowler spent a few minutes talking about St. Francis with the children before bestowing a blessing and mingling through the crowd sprinkling the animals with holy water.