Every year, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, is celebrated by Catholics on October 4.

To coincide with this day, Church of the Holy Spirit celebrated the day with its annual “Blessing of Pets” in the garden of St. John the Baptist Catholic school. One by one, animals of all sizes, big and small, were welcomed and received a blessing.

“Our parish families and school children are invited to bring their pets to receive a blessing as a reminder that all of God’s creatures are a part of his creation,” explained Father Michael Houilihan.