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10/5/2017
Faithful around Diocese bring pets to church for blessings
Deacon Henry Cugini of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish stands with parishioner Bob Marinello and Buster Oct. 1 during the Blessing of the Animals. Courtesy photo

Deacon Henry Cugini of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral Parish stands with parishioner Bob Marinello and Buster Oct. 1 during the Blessing of the Animals. Courtesy photo

Too Cute to Miss: Dogs, Cats, Rabbits And More Receive Blessings

Blessing of Pets in Resurrection Parish, Delran

Blessing of Pets in St. Catharine of Siena Parish, Seaside Park



Seeking the protection of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, many parishes around the Diocese of Trenton have been holding pet blessing ceremonies on or around the 12th-century saint’s Oct. 4 feast day.

The familiar image of the gentle saint, preaching to animals, fish included, and encouraging a loving care for creation, has endeared the saint and the tradition of blessing the animals to the hearts of many.

Pope Francis, who chose the name Francis because he was inspired by the saint, said of him: “He loved nature, animals, the blade of grass on the lawn and the birds flying in the sky. But above all he loved people, children, old people, women.”

He is, said the Pope, a shining example of agape, the highest form of love.






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