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Blessing of the Animals on Marco Island

The Humane Society of Naples displays Lipmann, a six-month-old Scotty mix, during the Blessing of the Animals event.

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The Humane Society of Naples displays Lipmann, a six-month-old Scotty mix, during the Blessing of the Animals event.

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Father Kyle Bennett blesses Riley, a nine-year-old Yorkie, owned by Hope Schlager of Naples and her son Riley Brack, 2, during the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening. Approximately 100 people attended with over 40 pets to be blessed ranging from cats and dogs to fish and hermit crabs.
  • Jessica Stevens and her 11-year-old Yorkiepoo, Molly, join hands and paws during a prayer at the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.
  • Father Kyle Bennett blesses a hermit crab during the Blessing of the Animals event.
  • For the Love of Cats volunteer Lyne Flaherty cuddles one of four kittens up for adoption during the Blessing of the Animals.
  • Ginger Roloff, 5, of Marco Island hugs Elvis, a Golden Retriever owned by Tim Coyle, during the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening.
  • The Humane Society of Naples displays Lipmann, a six-month-old Scotty mix, during the Blessing of the Animals event.
  • Judy Gelo of Marco Island has her teacup Yorkie, Zsa Zsa, blessed by Father Kyle Bennett during the Blessing of the Animals event.
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 Approximately 100 people with over 40 pets to be blessed ranging from cats and dogs to fish and hermit crabs attended the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening.
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 Father Kyle Bennett blesses an Australian Labradoodle named Nina during the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening. Approximately 100 people attended with over 40 pets to be blessed ranging from cats and dogs to fish and hermit crabs.
  • Tim Coyle of Marco Island and his son, Shamus, 7, sing songs during the Blessing of the Animals event.
  • ABOVE and RIGHT: Approximately 100 people with over 40 pets to be blessed ranging from cats and dogs to fish and hermit crabs attended the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening.
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 Father Kyle Bennett blesses a betta fish during the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening. Approximately 100 people attended with over 40 pets to be blessed ranging from cats and dogs to fish and hermit crabs.
  • For the Love of Cats displays four kittens up for adoption during the Blessing of the Animals event.
  • Special to the Eagle/Jason Easterly 
 Approximately 100 people with over 40 pets to be blessed ranging from cats and dogs to fish and hermit crabs attended the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening.
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 Vinnie Gelo and his wife Judy of Marco Island have their Yorkie, Nico, blessed by Father Kyle Bennett during the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening. Approximately 100 people attended with over 40 pets to be blessed ranging from cats and dogs to fish and hermit crabs.

On Tuesday, pets of all shapes and sizes lined up at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for the Blessing of the Animals event celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Approximately 100 people attended with over 40 pets to be blessed ranging from cats and dogs to fish and hermit crabs.

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