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Holy Nativity Episcopal School Holds Annual Blessing of the Pets

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It's a day no student wanted to miss. Holy Nativity Episcopal School opened its doors to its students and their entire families Wednesday morning.

Furry friends and not so furry friends were invited for the school's annual Blessing of the Pets.

Holy Nativity celebrates St. Francis this time each year. St. Francis is known for his love of the environment, people, and animals.

"It's a way to honor St. Francis as well as give thanks for what we love. We love our pets," said Father Steve Bates, the school's chaplain.

Father Steve Bates and Father Tom Weller blessed more than 150 stuffed animals, pets, and pictures of the pets who couldn't make the journey to school.

"He is like the best dog I could ever ask for," said seventh grade student Cameron Johnson. "It makes me feel good that they feel my dog is important enough to bless, and I just feel really great that he's been blessed because I want him around for a long time."

Holy Nativity Episcopal Church also opened its doors Wednesday night for a blessing, dinner, and "silly pet tricks" show.

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