Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Blessing of the Pets

This past Saturday was the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals, and what better way to celebrate his love for all creatures than to have a pet blessing!

Since the feast fell on a weekend, the school/church held their annual pet blessing on Friday.

The church I grew up in was in a very rural community where most people had farm dogs and barn cats as pets.  Not many animals that were used to being on leashes.  So my home parish never had a pet blessing.

This was my first one to attend.

And Bailey’s first.

I was a little nervous about Bailey.  He definitely fits in with the rest of our kids: easily excitable, doesn’t always follow directions, and crazy cute.

But like the rest of the kids, he is overall a good cookie.

Trenton talked about the pet blessing the whole week leading up to the event.  He was so excited that Bailey got holy water!

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Bailey moved at the last second, and didn’t make it all the way into the picture.  Oops!  But I love the look on Father’s face.  What an enthusiastic priest!

Bailey then proceeded to shake off his holy water.  Maybe that’s the way dogs do the Sign of the Cross???

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Not only was Trenton excited about Bailey being blessed and showing him off to his friends, but Trenton also got to show off his daddy.  Jarrod spent the afternoon volunteering in the kindergarten classroom for centers time.  The kids must have done pretty good because Jarrod is going back to volunteer again tomorrow!

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What a great way to end the school week!  Bailey and many other dogs, cats, birds, and fish (and even some ducks, a donkey, and a pony) got to participate in the pet blessing, and 300+ school children plus parents and other church parishioners were there to help celebrate Saint Francis’s love for animals.  A win-win for all involved!

9 comments:

Jen said...

I love this, what a cool thing to be a part of. :)

Alejandra said...

I'm almost certain the first time I heard of a pet blessing was a few weeks ago. I can't ever remember it being mentioned as I was growing.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

thats so fun that J was able to be in the classroom. I am sure Trenton loved every second!

Amanda said...

Ah! I love this. We never had pet blessings growing up either. I love it though! Looks like tons of fun!

Shannon said...

I've never heard of a pet blessing before. I love the concept! :)

Ashley said...

Aww how fun! I bet it was fun seeing some of the bigger animals, too!

Laura Darling said...

Love this! I always loved this day when I was in school!

ItFeelsLikeChaos said...

So special that Trenton got to show off his daddy! Bailey looks pretty blessed in that last picture!

Amanda B. said...

I've never heard of this before! How neat! Also, Trenton is daddy's twin in the last picture.