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Students play key role in virtual Blessing of the Animals
Students play key role in virtual Blessing of the Animals

Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School pets still got their day in the spotlight.

The annual Blessing of the Animals for first- and second-graders went virtual this year with the students playing a very important part: They got to sprinkle the holy water.

A little bottle of holy water and a prayer card were sent home to each student. They applied the holy water to their pets as Sister Claire led them in the blessing. The students had been learning about St. Francis, who was known as a peacemaker, a healer, and a celebrator of all God's creations—including animals.

Students blessed dogs, cats, bunnies, and a bearded dragon, as well as pictures and paintings of past pets or other animals. One girl brought a shell that she found in her backyard so she could bless the snail who was looking for its home.

It was wonderful to be able to continue this beloved tradition even from afar.

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