Feast of St. Francis honored with blessing of the animals
Print This | Email This
Boy Scouts vote to admit openly gay youth -- 5/23/13 -03:31 PM
FOUR DAYS OF arts and music comes to Port Angeles — buy your tickets now! (And . . . FREE pre-festival show TONIGHT) -- 5/22/13 -10:06 PM
SPORTS: Port Townsend mountain bike team captures state championship -- 5/22/13 -06:02 PM
Three Peninsula cities seek more money for roads -- 5/22/13 -10:43 PM
City to pay Port Angeles man who alleged excessive police force -- 5/22/13 -10:46 PM
PORT ANGELES — The annual Blessing of the Animals recognizes the worth of creatures great and small, and celebrations were held across the North Olympic Peninsula last weekend to mark the Feast of St. Francis Assisi.
In Sequim, the ceremony took place at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Sunday; in Forks, it was held at St. Anne's Catholic Church on Saturday. In Port Townsend, an animal blessing service took place at the Unity Church.
And in Port Angeles, the Rev. Jean Pierre Kalsonga came out to the parking lot behind Queen of Angels Catholic Church on South Oak Street to perform the ceremony after 11 a.m. Mass.
Accompanied by their owners, approximately a dozen dogs, two cats, a tortoise and even a horse were waiting to receive a blessing.
Among them was Zorba, a 10-year-old tortoise owned by Jean Cates of Port Angeles. Cates said it was the first time she had brought her pet to be blessed, but it was important that “God honors him as a tortoise.”
Other first-timers were Philip and Danielle Burnette of Port Angeles, who were there with their children Dallas, Gracie, Olivia and Connor, and their two cats Mac and Nightshade.
The Rev. Kalsonga was assisted by Joan Cates, leader of the Secular Franciscans, and Marybeth Barnell, leader of the St. Francis Guild.
Last modified: October 07. 2012 6:14PM