Blessing of the Pets - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Blessing of the Pets

Posted: Updated:

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- The students of Saint James Episcopal Day School celebrated a patron saint today- and their pets got in on the action. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton takes us to The Blessing of the Pets.

There were cats, dogs, and even a bunny outside of Saint James Episcopal Day School on Thursday morning and it was all part of a special celebration.

"Today we're having the blessing of the pets. It's part of St. Frances Assisi Day," says school director Anna Elise Eaglin.

The event celebrates the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the saint who loved animals.

"Over the years he began to be known as the patron saint of animals. So on this occasion here at the day school we observe that by blessing the animals that the children bring," says Father Fred Tinsley.

Kids can bring their real pets...

"His name is Milo."

Or their favorite stuffed animals.

"He's really my best friend."

To be received by Father Tinsley.

"They're going to bless him with holy water."

"I get everything from thank you very much to why are you putting water on my animal?" adds Father Tinsley.

Throughout the years, he's seen a wide array of animals.

"Everything from snakes to llamas," adds Tinsley.

So as the dogs bark...

And the father blesses, the children celebrate another year of this St. James Tradition.

"It's a great time for them to be able to play with them at school and all their friends get to see their pets," adds Eaglin.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • CDC director raises Ebola alarm

    CDC director raises Ebola alarm

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:53:11 GMT
    (CNN) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is much worse than official figures show, and other countries are unintentionally making it harder to control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden told CNN on Tuesday.More >>
    (CNN) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is much worse than official figures show, and other countries are unintentionally making it harder to control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden told CNN on Tuesday.More >>
  • Tropical Blog 9/2

    T.S. Dolly Moving Across The Gulf Of Mexico

    T.S. Dolly Moving Across The Gulf Of Mexico

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:52:04 GMT
    Tuesday, September 210:45amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Dolly (Tropical Storm)The Center of Dolly located 85 miles ESE of LA Pesca, Mexico and is centered at 23.4N 96.5W with Maximum sustained winds of 50mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 1005mb (29.68"). This system is moving WNW (300) at 16mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings in the United States, associated with this system.There is a Tropical Storm Warning in effect for the coastline fro...More >>
    Tuesday, September 210:45amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Dolly (Tropical Storm)The Center of Dolly located 85 miles ESE of LA Pesca, Mexico and is centered at 23.4N 96.5W with Maximum sustained winds of 50mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 1005mb (29.68"). This system is moving WNW (300) at 16mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings in the United States, associated with this system.There is a Tropical Storm Warning in effect for the coastline fro...More >>
  • APD recommends wheel locks to prevent thefts

    APD recommends wheel locks to prevent thefts

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:40:46 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Alexandria police need your help catching people responsible for stealing wheels and rims off of cars across the city.More >>
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Alexandria police need your help catching people responsible for stealing wheels and rims off of cars across the city.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.