Animals and Owners Gather for Blessing
Monroe’s St. Peter’s Church on the Green joined churches across the United States Oct 1 in celebrating the Feast of St Francis of Assis, patron saint of animals, with its annual Blessing of the Animals“ service. The ceremony held outside on the Green commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century. His love, devotion and protection of all God’s creatures great and small is revered by those who love animals and have pets.
This year several dozen dogs of all sizes, ages, breeds and mixes, leashed and in arms waited mostly patiently to be blessed by Pastor Kurt Huber. There was a lone cat, Gigi, brought by Linda McCoy along with her pup, Daisy, and a pair of lovely chickens, Steve and Samantha, born just last Easter Sunday. They were brought by Sandy Hook owners Susan and Robert Moore (at right).
Not to be left out of the blessing were the loved stuffed animals brought by children including a huge green turtle being blessed (below).
Many participants brought donations of pet food and money for Monroe’s Food Pantry pets leaving them at the foot of a statue of St. Francis.
Christine Velgot of Stratford brought her Gizmo to be blessed.
Pat McMahon of Seymour brought his faithful Tagg.
Parishioners greet Prancer, a Service Dog.