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Pets blessed in honor of St. Francis of Assisi

Father George Packuvettithara, St. Rose of Lima pastor,  blesses

Photographer: MARLENE QUARONI | FC

Father George Packuvettithara, St. Rose of Lima pastor, blesses "Lupo," a white German Shepherd, as Salvador Barreiros and his family look on.

Father Manuel Puga, parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima, blesses pets Sept. 30 at the Miami Shores parish in anticipation of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Oct. 4.

Photographer: MARLENE QUARONI | FC

Father Manuel Puga, parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima, blesses pets Sept. 30 at the Miami Shores parish in anticipation of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Oct. 4.

MIAMI SHORES | Priests at St. Rose of Lima in  Miami Shores blessed pets Sept. 30 in anticipation of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Oct. 4. About 30 dogs and their owners showed up for the blessing.

Other parishes are doing or planning to do the same. Here are some places where pets will be blessed this year.

  • Thursday, Oct 4, from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at the Church of the Little Flower, 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables. A brief prayer service will be followed by the blessing of each individual pet, and the presentation of a Saint Francis medal to each family in attendance. All are welcome. The blessing will take place on the yard behind the church on Sevilla Avenue. For information call 305-446-9950 or go to www.cotlf.org.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the school courtyard of St. Agnes, 100 Harbor Drive, Key Biscayne. For information call 305-361-2351.
  • Thursday, Oct 4, from 6 to 6:45 p.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes' outdoor altar, 11291 S.W. 142 Ave., Miami. For information call 305-386-4121.

In addition, St. Rose of Lima also will be hosting a Transitus of St. Francis prayer service, commemorating his passing from earthly to eternal life. That will take place Wednesday, Oct 3, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. St. Rose of Lima is located at 415 N.E. 105 St., Miami Shores. For more information call 305-758-0539.

Father Manuel Puga, parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima, pets

Photographer: MARLENE QUARONI | FC

Father Manuel Puga, parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima, pets "Rodney," a Boston terrier, as his owner, Erin Halloran, looks on.

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