Bless this horse

St. Mary’s annual pet blessing took place last Wednesday, the feast of St. Francis, behind St. Mary’s School. Here Father Michael Cronin sprinkles holy water on a horse belonging to Mary Ann Zweibahmer. Stuffed and live pets were brought in for the blessing, including guinea pigs, cats, reptiles and all sizes of dogs. St. Francis of Assisi is remembered for his generosity to the poor and his willingness to minister to the lepers. However, what many people recall about him is his love for animals and nature. Photo by Dawn Prosser

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