Rev. William Mason, OMI, pastor at Sacred Heart Church, blessed Rocco, a gentle giant of a dog pictured here with his human, Johnny Presley, during the Oakland's parish's pet blessing event on Oct. 1.
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Blessing of the animals
Except for Sonny, an orange tabby, sitting pretty and safe in a pink roller carrier, and a couple of stuffed bears, the Blessing of the Pets at Sacred Heart Church on Oct. 1 was a mostly canine affair.
There was Rocco, a beefy pit bull terrier mix, who accompanied parishioner Johnny Presley. Benzo, a Doberman Pinscher, came with Jerrick Hale. Twix, a feisty and active brown dachshund, escorted his person, Caesar Sonny Dagdagan, down the center aisle of the church. Several other dogs of heritages unknown also walked their people into and out of the church.
Rev. William Mason, OMI, Sacred Heart's pastor, greeted each beloved family member with a smile, a quip and a sprinkling of holy water. A good number of parishioners stayed after the 10 a.m. Mass to witness the event.
More than a dozen parishes around the diocese as well as San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville hosted a pet blessing event in the days before or after the Oct. 4 feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.
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