Blessing of the Animals

October 18, 2013

by AJ Dickinson

St. Patrick’s parishioners and their pets gathered at St. Patrick’s Parish Saturday, October 5 for the annual “Blessing of the Animals.”  This holy ceremony was chosen on this particular date because the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, was celebrated on the 4th.  Locals gathered around Father Von Derosia who could be seen reading from the Book of Blessings and sprinkling holy water upon the now blessed animals.  As Father Von explained all things can be blessed, especially creations of god such as the animals that provide us with companionship