FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 4, 2020
CLERGY BLESS THE ANIMALS IN HONOR OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
The Diocese of Brooklyn commemorated the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4) with the Blessing of the Animals outside churches throughout Brooklyn and Queens this weekend.
Saint Francis, who lived in the 12th century, is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. Animal owners brought their pets for a special blessing by members of the Diocesan clergy.
The Blessing of Pets calls asks God, the creator of all living creatures, to bless the animal with good health and to keep them safe from all harm.
Photos attached are of events at Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, and from Our Lady of Angels in Bay Ridge. Monsignor Guy Massie, Pastor of Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, and Father Dragan Pusic, parochial vicar at Our Lady of Angels, presided at the respective Blessing of the Animals events.
Photos labeled Blessing Animals 1, 2, 3, and 4 are from Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen.
Photos labeled OLA and Rocky Blessed at OLA, are from Our Lady of Angels.