St Gertrude’s Catholic Primary School Smithfield have gathered to celebrate their annual parish Mass, which included a blessing of the community’s pets.
The Mass, which takes place every year, acts as a reminder to attendees from both school and parish that they are stewards of God’s creation, and must ensure the world and its animals are well-cared for.
The blessing was held in a paddock behind St. Gertrude’s Parish church to ensure pets of all kinds could be welcomed. Teachers, students and parishioners also attended, staying to enjoy a breakfast barbeque and morning tea together afterwards.
We welcomed macaws, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits and lizards
St Gertrude’s Religious Education Co-ordinator Maria Panuccio said a large variety of critters come with their owners each year.
“This year was no different, and we welcomed a range of animals, including macaws, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits and lizards,” she said.
“Father Jarek Zan wasn’t shy about walking up to each creature to make sure they received a blessing. Apart from some barking, most animals didn’t mind.”