Pets of all sizes are blessed at the Yorba Linda School Event – Orange County Register

“Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, lizards and snakes and a few preschool children with their stuffed animals” – this is how headmistress Jeanette Lambert describes the annual animal blessing of the Catholic School of St. Francis of Assisi.

The event is always popular with the school community and is a lot of fun.

After a general prayer, clergymen from the local parishes of San Antonio de Padua, St. Martin de Porres and Santa Clara de Asis ventured into the school’s field and walked among the 700 students and parents to bless more than 200 domestic animals.

For Catholics, October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, commemorating the 12th-century monk who founded the Franciscan orders and is the patron saint of animals and ecology. Lambert said the Yorba Linda school named after him has held the animal blessing event for the past 10 years.

“I like that my dogs get a lot of attention,” said eighth grader Francesca Lowe while her two white Labrador retrievers were blessed.

Her mother, Annabel Lowe, added, “We often think about blessing each other and going to church, but this is an opportunity for the dogs to experience that too.” Pets of all sizes are blessed at the Yorba Linda School Event – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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