Saint Stephen’s welcomed dozens of much-loved family pets onto school grounds Friday for its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W. in Bradenton, will hold another blessing open to the public at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the church courtyard. TOP: Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida leans over to bless children’s pets.
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