On Sunday, September 29, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Winona celebrated a “Blessing of the Pets” ceremony. This is something that St. Francis of Assisi started over 800 years ago: Blessing our animals. It was St. Francis who first introduced the idea that human beings are only one of many creations of God and all are blessed in God’s “eyes.” In addition to the blessing, a pet show with an obstacle course was held. Thank you to all who helped and participated. Special thanks to Volunteer pet show judges Barry Gregg and Laurie Lockett. Thomas Rosamond, Gunner Wilkes, Marlee Wilkes with Izzy, Daisy, and Jack. Resting after obstacle course try.