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Most Holy Redeemer parishioners Sharon and Anton Iberle, of Evergreen Park, watch Monday as Rev. James Hyland blesses their 4-year-old Golden Retriever Finnegan as part of the church’s annual celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. (photos by Steve Neuhaus)

Most Holy Redeemer parishioners Sharon and Anton Iberle, of Evergreen Park, watch Monday as Rev. James Hyland blesses their 4-year-old Golden Retriever Finnegan as part of the church’s annual celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. (photos by Steve Neuhaus)

Local churches bless pets in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day

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Pastor Rev. James Hyland of Most Holy Redeemer Parish, 9525 S. Lawndale Ave. in Evergreen Park, held an outdoor blessing of pets on Monday as part of the church’s annual celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.

 

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Deacon Michael Fekete is all smiles as he prepares to bless a little girl’s puppy who seems more interested in escaping from the bag she brought him in to the pet blessing on Monday at Saint Gerald’s Parish, 9310 S. 55th Court in Oak Lawn.

 

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Deacon Michael Fekete conducts the pet blessing on Monday at Saint Gerald’s Parish, 9310 S. 55th Court in Oak Lawn.

 

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A woman kneels before Deacon Michael Fekete as he blesses her dog Monday at Saint Gerald’s Parish, 9310 S. 55th Court in Oak Lawn.

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