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St. Joseph Parish students receive pet blessings

Zoey Voelker brought her cat Smokey in to be blessed.1 / 5
Brody and Ethan West brought their dog in to receive a pet blessing.2 / 5
First-graders gathered around Miss Graske's cat, Oscar, during the pet blessing service.3 / 5
Third-grade boys gathered around Carter's dog during the pet blessing.4 / 5
Olivia and Charlie Pagenkopf brought their dog Maggie to be blessed.5 / 5

Students at St. Joseph Parish School were invited to bring their pets to school for a pet blessing Oct. 4. The blessing was in observance of the Feast Day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. During the service, each pet received a verbal blessing and sprinkling of holy water. Photos courtesy of Monica Graske

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