Many people with pets will quickly say their four-legged friends are members of the family. So a pet blessing, with a reading of prayers and sprinkling of holy water, is among the ways pets are treated like members of the family.
That was certainly the case as students, faculty members and parents gathered with their pets for a blessing of the animals at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Modesto on Friday.
The blessing of pets is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and environment, according to AmericanCatholic.org. St. Francis is reputed to have had a great love for animals, particularly the larks around his hilltop town. In his honor, blessings are often held on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, which is Oct. 4, as was the case with this celebration.