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Wishaw church welcomes furry friends for a blessing of pets

15 dogs and one hamster were welcomed into St Patrick’s Church in Wishaw in honour of the patron saint of animals, St Francis of Assisi.

On Sunday October 7, Catholics from the Motherwell Diocese flocked to the busy parish with their beloved furry friends, where they met with parish priest Fr Krzysztof Garwolinski, who gave his parishioners’ companions a special blessing.

“We’ve been doing this for the last two years I think, and this year we managed to get a great turnout of lots of family pets!” Fr Garwolinski said.

“It was a nice, short service, held right before the Rosary Under the Cross.

“I think it’s good to recognise the importance of pets in homes, as they are loved ones, and an important part of a family’s life.

“We read the Gospel about the creation, the creation of animals and had a short homily about St Francis, followed by the blessing of each pet by name.

“I would compare it to the blessing of Easter baskets, which is something a lot of the Polish community here like to do.”

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