Blessing of the Animals
On October 4th, St. Francis of Assisi students will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, our school's patron saint. St. Francis loved God and man, as well as all God's creatures. In this light, we plan to celebrate his feast day with the "Blessing of the Animals."
Our special day of celebration will begin with Mass at 10:00am in the beautiful St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Courtyard with Fr. Fred as our celebrant. Following Mass, all students will return to their classrooms and resume their regular morning schedule.
The Blessing event is open to students, parents, family guests, and invited media only. Attendees for this special gathering should begin arriving, with or without pets, between 1:10pm – 1:45pm. Please enter through the side gate and move to the athletic field area. Guests do not need to obtain a visitor’s pass for this occasion. Parents will be able to join their children and unite them with their pets. At 1:30pm all grades will proceed to designated areas on the field. The animal blessings will take place between 1:45pm - 2:30pm.
Please be aware that the parking lot will be closed at 11:00am. Plan to park at Santa Clara de Asis Catholic Church, Eastside Park, or on the south side of Eastside Circle.
At the conclusion of the Blessing, classes will return to their rooms and students will be dismissed to their parents from the classroom. At 2:45pm we will require all parents to exit campus so that carline can begin at 2:50pm. If parents do not attend the event, they can pick students up through carline only. No walking passes on Monday!
Early Childhood students MUST be signed out from the classroom utilizing the usual check-out/sign-out procedure.
ALL animals MUST BE brought to school on leashes, in cages, or other type of pet housing/containers as applicable to your respective pets. Your dog must be on a leash no longer then six (6) feet in length with someone who is able to control the dog. Also, please be prepared to clean up after your pet. Should weather become a factor, we will attempt to carry out the blessings under the lunch table canopy following the same schedule. DESIGNATED AREAS FOR EACH CLASS WILL BE MARKED.
Students who have no pet(s) or who own a pet that is too large for transport, or may have tendencies to become nervous or agitated around other animals and/or in a crowd of children and adults, may bring one small, favorite stuffed animal, or a picture of a pet, for blessing.