Many parishes around the diocese marked the feast of St. Francis, October 4, by blessing animals. Below is a gallery of photos from some of those events.
St. John of God, Central Islip
At St. Bernard's in Levittown, mascots from local schools, the Island Trees Bulldog, Bernie the St. Bernard, and the Division Ave. Blue Dragon joined Father Joe Nohs.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst.
Dressed to be blessed at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton.
Mary Immaculate, Bellport
St. Joseph in Ronkonkoma.
Nassau County mounted police officers brought their horses to Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne.
St. John the Evangelist in Center Moriches.
Nursery and Pre-K students at St. Aidan School, Williston Park, visited the St. Francis Garden with their favorite stuffed animal.