Pets get blessed!

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St. John’s Church in Oakdale held a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, May 23 for furry, feathered, and finned friends. It was the third annual blessing event (with a one-year hiatus for the pandemic).

The prayer was led by Town of Islip historian and minister, George Munkenbeck. Following a short sermon/general blessing, each pet was individually blessed and given a St. John’s church ribbon that said, “I am a blessed pet.”

Families were free to explore the historical church (dating back to the 18th century) before and after the ceremony.

Dog, cat, people, and veggie treats were available, along with water for attendants.

“This family-friendly community service event is just one way that Oakdale Historical Society and St. John’s Landmark Church work together to promote Oakdale.  This year we were happy to welcome Gabi, a therapy dog from the Love on a Leash organization,” said Maryann Almes, president of the Oakdale Historical Society.

Almes also recommended for “pets that do not play well with others or who have difficulty traveling” that the church offer to bless a picture of the pet instead.

A spunky young dog named Percy was a first-time visitor this year who joined his brother Dudley, who has been to every blessing so far.

Pictured is Jackson being blessed while being held by his fur dad, James Lollo.

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