Blessing the animals…

Parishioners of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Meeker brought their pets and assorted livestock to church this past Sunday for the annual blessing of the animals, celebrating and honoring St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. Pictured are Father Scott Hollenbeck, Macy Collins, Cathy Collins, Connie Nelson with Mini, Carmella and Strawberry, in addition to a good number of assorted dogs.