Today is a favorite feast day of mine. I took Francis as my confirmation name back in 2001 and have always had a special devotion. I was thrilled to be able to bless the animals at my parish this afternoon.
We had a great turn out, almost double of last year. We saw birds, some cats and many dogs.
After saying a Hail Mary for Pope Francis on his name day I said the blessing and then sprinkled all the animals with holy water.
Here I am with two of my youngest parishioners. Dominick and Anthony.