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‘Wuff!’ Pets blessed on St Francis of Assisi feast day

Fr d’Hereaux blesses his pet Rosie during the Mass. Photo: Ann DeVerteuil

On the feast of St Francis of Assisi (October 4) parish priest Fr Matthew d’Hereaux of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Carapichaima invited parishioners and their pets to gather for an outdoor celebration of the Eucharist.

Parishioners from the cluster of Carapichaima/Chaguanas/Couva also attended, bringing with them their pet dogs, hamsters, turtles, parrots and rabbits to be blessed.

In his homily, Fr d’Hereaux stressed the importance of being witnesses to God’s word by caring for our environment and the animals with whom we share our world. He referenced Genesis 1:20–26 to remind us that animals are also God’s creation, and Jonah 1–2 which speaks of animals protecting the faithful.

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