• Blessing of the Animals

    Fr. Chris Bransfield pastor at St. Justin Parish and St. Justin School celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
    It’s always an exciting morning as dozens of dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, goldfish and hamsters were gathered in the school’s corral area for blessing. 

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    Fr. Steve Kim from St. Lucy’s Parish celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the St. Lucy School students and blessed their pets and animals.
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    St. Mary Church in Gilroy pastor Fr. Robert Brocato, blessed all of St. Mary School students’ furry, feathered and scaly friends on October 2
    during the Blessing of the Animals in celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

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    Catholic Academy of Sunnyvale School Blessing of the Animals was held at their school yard by Fr. Michael Carson.

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    St. Mary’s School of Los Gatos 8th Graders led the school in the “Celebration of Creation” mass on Friday, October 3rd.  In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, they included a “Thanksgiving for Animals” reflection and distributed blessing cards to all the students.   Students were then asked to gather their families and pray this blessing over their pets at home on October 4th. 

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    Fr. Ritche Bueza pastor of St. John the Baptist celebrated the blessing of animals in honor of the patron saint of animals, St. Francis of Assisi. Families, students & staff brought live and stuffed animals to be blessed by Fr. Ritche during morning assembly. Each year, our students enjoy the opportunity to be able to bring their pets to school on this special day. Students were amazed to see, up close and personal a 20 year old snake named “Spot” and a 1 year old turtle named “Ninja”

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    Saint Patrick School celebrated St. Francis of Assisi’s feast. The students gather for school assembly with their pets for blessing.

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    Sacred Heart Saratoga School celebrated St. Francis of Assisi feast with the students pets blessed by their parish pastor Fr. Gary Thomas at the school yard.

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    Fr, Randy Valenton celebrated the St. Francis of Assissi feast and blessed the animals for St Julie Parish families.

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     St. Joseph School Mountain View celebrated the St. Francis of Assissi feast with St. Joseph Mtn View pastor, Fr. Luis Vargas blessing the animals.

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    Is your parish celebrating St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day (October 4)
    with a Blessing of the Animals?
    Send in your photos to tvc.submissions@dsj.org