Dozens of pets, like 14-year-old kitty Zoie, were blessed at St. Patrick’s Church in Bay Ridge and other parishes on Thursday.
Photo by Paul Frangipane
Who’s a blessed boy? You are! Yes, you are!
Animal-loving Brooklynites and their furry companions flocked to Catholic churches across the borough this week to partake in the “Blessing of the Animals,” the Brooklyn Diocese’s fuzziest annual tradition.
Pious pets were determined not to miss their chance to be blessed by local clergy and doused with holy water, an activity normally reserved for humans. Blessings originally scheduled for Tuesday ultimately were delayed till Thursday, however, due to inclement weather.
The tradition coincides with the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who among other things was known for his love of animals and nature.