For the third year in a row, parents and students arrived on campus with animals great and small for a ceremony celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Everything from dogs and cats to turtles and even chickens gathered in front of the Flood Mansion on October 4 for a special Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis, the patron saint of San Francisco, the environment and animals.
Facing parents, students and dozens of pets spread across the school’s front lawn and sidewalk, Deacon Eddie Gutierrez led a service inspired by the 13th century saint. He concluded by walking down the front steps to sprinkle holy water on the animals, who were divided into different zones by species and size.
Deacon Eddie Gutierrez blessing the animals.
Many students who did not have a pet on hand brought a stuffed animal or a photo of their pet, while others participated in the ceremony by reading Bible verses or holding signs.
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