Animals receive blessing

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Courtesy photo Father Studenny gives Alicia the dog a blessing during the Blessing of the Animals held Oct. 1.

The Van Zandt County Humane Society participated in the annual "Blessing of the Animals" Oct. 1. 

Carol Whatley, president of the organization, was in attendance.  "We had such a great time, and the weather was gorgeous.  There were quite a few dogs, and a horse named Easter was there for a blessing too.  Father Studenny seems to enjoy the celebration as much as we do.  He blesses the group and then each animal separately.  We took a deaf puppy, Alicia, and the picture shows how she feels.  I think we all wanted to kiss his forehead."

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of all animals; his life is celebrated each year during the first week of October.

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