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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Animals blessed in Pullman to honor St. Francis of Assisi

the Inland Register

(From the November 17, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Msgr. Kevin Codd blesses one of the dogs during the pet blessing at Sacred Heart Church, Pullman, last month. (IR photo courtesy of Tom Munch-Rotollo)

On Oct. 2, the lawn at Sacred Heart Church in Pullman was filled with parishioners there to honor of the 785th anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi.

In addition to the usual human attendees, the event attracted animals of all shapes and sizes. Most evident were dogs, but some cats, a gerbil, and a pair of birds and their nest of soon-to-hatch babies were also in attendance.

The reason for the attendance by humanity’s furry companions was that the Sacred Heart Youth Group, in partnership with the Whitman County Animal Shelter, organized the first animal blessing for the city of Pullman at Sacred Heart.

The event had over 30 animals, thanks in part to the Youth Group welcoming friends, family, and pets from others faiths.

After their individual blessing, all of the animals received a blessing certificate commemorating the day, with the prayer of St. Francis on the back.

The Whitman County Animal Shelter brought two of their own animals to the event to raise awareness of all the pets that still need loving homes. They were extremely friendly, well behaved, and loving, and many of the youth were trying to convince their parents to let them come home with them.

Although the students worked hard setting up, directing traffic, filling out name tags and certificates, and of course cleanup, the event would not have happened without the help of Msgr. Kevin Codd and his dog, Erasmus, who came from St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center to perform the blessing.

The Whitman County Humane society thanked the Youth Group, leaders, and Msgr. Codd in the Community Update.

The group plans to host another blessing of the animals next year.

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