A Blessing of the Animals took place Oct. 4 at Christ the King School in Burlington.

The school celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a special blessing of pets on the upper playground.  School families brought their pets or something that represents their pets such as a photograph, drawing, or toy.

Christ the King/St. Anthony pastor Father Justin Baker offered the blessings.

St. Francis of Assisi was a 12th century Italian Catholic friar and preacher known for his love of animals, generosity to the poor, and willingness to minister to those on the outskirts of society. Today he is closely associated with protecting the environment.