Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 16, 1978 when the first Mass was held at St. Monica Church, Northford.
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HAMDEN – Deacon John O'Donovan reads a prayer as Deacon James H. Shanley, right, and people and their pets listen at the 13th annual blessing of pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi Oct. 5 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in the Mount Carmel section of the town.

Each pet was individually blessed with three shakes of the holy water sprinkler, and each owner received a St. Francis holy card.