blessing the pets

Ruby Merier, 4, introduces her pet hermit crabs to St. Francis Catholic Church Father Tim McKeon while her sister Hazel Merier, 9, looks on during the annual St. Francis Xavier Catholic School’s Blessing of the Pets Friday. St. Francis Catholic Church Fathers Tim McKeown and Chris Hassel blessed a wide variety of pets during the event, which is held in celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.