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Pooches and Other Pets Blessed at St. Mary's School in Crown Point

Saint Francis of Assisi was known for his love of creation and his relationship with animals. The Catholic Church has the custom of blessing animals in early October around the time of the Feast Day of St. Francis.

A Blessing of Animals took place at St. Mary Catholic Community School on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. Several of the school families gathered their dogs, turtles, fish, and other critters in the grass on the Southside of the school. Deacon Mickey Henry led the blessing on the beautiful sunny morning. The morning also included an offering of petitions and a sprinkle of Holy Water.

Principal Ruiz and his grand-pup, Bently, anxiously waiting to be blessed after a reading from Deacon Mickey Henry

Second Grade Teacher Mrs. Amanda Wysocki and her family at St. Mary’s pet blessing.

Carter and Harry Weaver patiently waiting for Penny the Bull Mastiff to be blessed with Holy Water.

Hailey Gibens gives her newly blessed pooch a hug.

Mrs. Erin Peters and Audrey Berns with their turtles.

Bethany Cox and her puppy being blessed by Deacon Mickey Henry

St. Mary Catholic Community School offers grade levels Junior Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through grade eight. St. Mary’s faculty teaches a rich curriculum supported by cutting-edge technology with faith as the cornerstone. To learn more about St. Mary’s School or schedule a tour, call 663-0676 or visit


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