Fr. Maxy D’Costa, pastor at St. John the Apostle Catholic School in Oregon City, blesses the Portash family’s dog. (Courtesy St. John the Apostle School)
Fr. Maxy D’Costa, pastor at St. John the Apostle Catholic School in Oregon City, blesses the Portash family’s dog. (Courtesy St. John the Apostle School)
OREGON CITY — The blessing of the animals is one of the most anticipated days of the year at St. John the Apostle School here.

On the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4, students at the school bring their pets for a special blessing. This year as in most, the playground was filled with dogs, cats, bunnies, caterpillars, lizards, stuffed animals and photographs of beloved pets gone too soon. 

Father Maxy D’Costa blessed all of the special family members large and small with holy water.

“It was a wonderful afternoon filled with many smiles and lots of love and appreciation for our special family members,” said Teresa Yohn, development director at the school.