Blessing the beasts

GREGORY A. SHEMITZ | TLIC

Above, Sarah Fogarty, 14, takes her donkey, Diesel, and dog, Fred, to be blessed by Deacon Jeff Sykes during the blessing of the animals at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Mattituck, Oct. 7. The service took place in observance of the Oct. 4 feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of animals. Belowt, a woman uses an umbrella to shield a dog from the rain.