|Deacon John Froning presides over the Sacred Heart of Jesus “blessing of the pets”|
After the prayers of thanksgiving to God for his goodness to humankind, the blessing was bestowed on each dog with a sprinkle of holy water to convey this holy act. One adventurous Westie had already tasted the holy water before the ceremony actually began to ensure it was of the highest holiest quality.
It was obvious that the four-legged companions of Sacred Heart’s parishioners had already received the greatest blessing of being owned by very caring and devoted humans. Several of the pets were adoptees from our local HSV shelter that now lived the good life, safe and cozy with owners who had seen their promise and picked them to share home and hearth.
As the dogs and owners headed back to cars after this blessing ceremony ended, if you looked very carefully you might have noticed little halos shined to perfection bobbing above each furry head. After all the excitement, owners and pets looked forward to going home for some quiet restful naps. And in their hearts, all were smiling.