BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO
All creatures great and small gathered on the church lawn at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at 85 Greenway South in Forest Hills, on Sunday for the annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment.
Reverend Thomas F. Reese, accompanied by the church choir, led a short prayer service for the group of pets and pet parents.
He then bestowed a special blessing upon each pet tailored to their individual needs and intentions.
Special gift baskets containing gluten-free apple and Parmesan biscuits were provided by church members.
K-9 Caterers of Glendale also donated bowls of pet treats for the four-legged parishioners.