PHOTO GALLERY: Blessing of the animals
Dogs, cats, turtles, fish and other animals were blessed in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures. The feast day for St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated Oct. 4.
Several animals, including stuffed animals were blessed at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in High Point's Montlieu Chapel on Oct. 7.
Father John Putnam blessed animals at Sacred Heart in Salisbury on Oct. 4.
In Lexington, N.C., Father Al Gondek blessed animals Oct. 6 and 7 at Our Lady of the Rosary.
— Photos by Kathy Roach, Bill Washington, Dorice Narins and Jennifer V. Daniels
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FROM THE PASTORS
Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy