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Animals receive blessings in honor of St. Francis

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Jerry and Agnes Podhajecki of Bayside have their dogs Tiffany (l.) and Teddy blessed by Fr. Andrew Klocek (r.) at St. Josaphat's Church in Bayside. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Gus Gomez pets Francesca Tedesche the dog after she is blessed at Immaculate Conception in Astoria. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Jeter, the dog, who is up for adoption at the Animal Center of Queens in Rego Park, gets ready for a treat at the blessing. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Natasha the cat soars from the bent back of owner Cleo Vivas and onto a yellow school bus during the animal blessing at Immaculate Conception in Astoria. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Rev. Thomas Reese (l.) from Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Forest Hills blesses Boo and Thunder, who were brought by owners Vaughan and Kristina Robison of Maspeth to the ceremony. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Natasha the cat greets fellow feline Cookie at the blessing of the animals at Immaculate Conception in Astoria. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Nala the dog attends the blessing of the animals in Astoria. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Fr. Liju Augustine blesses Francesca Tedesche the dog at Immaculate Conception in Astoria. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Cleo Vivas holds her cat Natasha at the blessing of the animals at Immaculate Conception in Astoria. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Lourdes Garcia brings her dogs JJ and Chuckie to be blessed at Immaculate Conception in Astoria. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Madeline Krips (front) holds Gracie the cat during the blessing in Bayside. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Fr. Andrew Klocek performs an animal blessing at St. Josaphat in Bayside. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Frazier the dog comes in for his close up. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Several poodles are at attention for their holy words. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Barbara Glick holds a painting of her Persian Perrsius for Rev. Thomas Reese to bless. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Chocolate labs Pepper (front) and Nikki are calm, cool and collected. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Nicky the mini pinscher wears a festive collar to the blessing in Forest Hills. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Jackie Antonoff holds Princesa for her blessing. Photo by Christina Santucci
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About two dozen pets were blessed at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Forest Hills. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Rev. Thomas Reese (r.) from Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Forest Hills bless pets and their owners on the church's lawn Sunday. Photo by Christina Santucci
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Ollie the dog wears a bowtie to the blessing in Forest Hills. Photo by Christina Santucci

Churches throughout Queens celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with blessings of the animals.

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