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!
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!
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!