PHOTOS: Blessing of the pets at St. Joseph


Father Timothy O’Connor blesses pets assembled outside the church.


April, who belongs to Chris Shaffer, awaits her blessing.


Babe the cat with owner Pat Sturgis.


Brooke Baker holds her dog Lola, while her daughter Ella holds their dog Pocket.


Photos by Joseph Colon | Amherst News-Times

In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a “blessing of the pets” was given Saturday by Fr. Timothy O’Connor at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst. St. Francis is held to be the patron saint of both animals and the environment.

Father Timothy O’Connor blesses pets assembled outside the church.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_Father-with-Blessing-of-the-Pets.jpgFather Timothy O’Connor blesses pets assembled outside the church.

April, who belongs to Chris Shaffer, awaits her blessing.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_3.-April-dog-of-Chris-Shaffer-awaiting-her-blessing.jpgApril, who belongs to Chris Shaffer, awaits her blessing.

Babe the cat with owner Pat Sturgis.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_Babe-the-cat-with-Pat-Sturgis.jpgBabe the cat with owner Pat Sturgis.

Brooke Baker holds her dog Lola, while her daughter Ella holds their dog Pocket.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/10/web1_Mom-Brooke-Baker-with-her-dog-Lola-and-her-daughter-Ella-holding-their-dog-Pocket.jpgBrooke Baker holds her dog Lola, while her daughter Ella holds their dog Pocket.