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Holy Family Church holds blessing for its flock

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Jeanie Bavota holds her cat, which has three legs after the blessing. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Jeanie Bavota (l.) holds a case containing Bella the cat as Rev. Casper J. Furnari, administrator of Holy Family Church, performs an animal blessing in the church's parking lot. John Presti and his cockatoo Lewis (c.) wait their turn. Photo by Christina Santucci
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A girl brings her turtle to be blessed at Holy Family Church. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Venus Hall (l.) from the Alley Pond Environmental Center holds Martha the python for her blessing from Rev. Casper J. Furnari (r.). Photo by Christina Santucci
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Spot the parakeet waits in his case to be blessed. Photo by Christina Santucci
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John Milioti holds his dog DJ. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Martha the python from the Alley Pond Environmental Center was on hand to be blessed. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Trixie the Parrot looks out from its case. Photo by Christina Santucci
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"When is this going to get started?" one dog seems to ask at Holy Family Church. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Kathleen Moran holds Mink and Tyler, senior cats, at the Holy Family Church blessing. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Run away! Two dogs greet each other at the blessing at Holy Family Church. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Lewis the cockatoo takes a rest on Rev. Casper J. Furnari's shoulder. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Cindy Soldatich-Crawford holds Riesling the dog. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Several dozen people brought their animals to be blessed at Holy Family Church. Photo by Christina Santucci

Rev. Casper J. Furnari leads a ceremony to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was renowned for his love of animals, at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, located on Utopia Pkwy. at 73rd Ave.

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