Sacred Heart School was off to a wild start on Friday, Oct. 4 as students from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade brought in their pets of all shapes and sizes.

Animals, parents, and kids gathered in the gym for a special blessing ceremony, honoring Saint Francis of Assisi who is known for his love of all creatures. Students unable to bring their pets brought in pictures or even drawings, which included cats, dogs, horses, chickens, bunnies and others.

This year’s ceremony is one of the lucky times that Sacred Heart’s Blessing of the Pets was held on the actual feast day honoring Saint Francis of Assisi. This year’s celebration was led by Deacon Arvol Bartok and Dr. Jim Davis, former assistant principal.

PICTURED: 0271 -- Kindergartener, Allison Cox grins as she snuggles her dog, Annie.

PICTURED: 0278 -- Kindergartener, Veronica Cassleman smiles with her Betta Fish Rio during the Blessing of the Pets ceremony at Sacred Heart School. Rio was just one of the unique pets brought to school Friday morning. Others included chinchillas and even chickens.

--Submitted by Maia Smith, Senior at Sacred Heart School senior

SHS Yearbook Staff