Animals receive special blessing at Holy Trinity in Southington

Published on Sunday, 10 November 2019 15:35
Written by Michelle Jalbert


SOUTHINGTON - It’s not only humans who need blessings. It’s animals too.

That’s exactly what the Very Reverend Joseph Krusienski did all Saturday morning at Holy Trinity Church during the parish’s first ever Blessing of Animals.

“I’m a believer that animals are creations of God,” Krusienski said. “They have feelings.”

Animals are more than just pets, Krusienski said. They have their own unique skills, like a heightened sense of smell, that allow them to do various jobs as service animals.

“God gives us everything - and gives everyone a little bit of something,” he said.

Pet owners of cats and dogs came through to have their animals receive the blessing. They also donated money, pet food and supplies to the Southington Animal Rescue. The church will be raising money and donations through the end of the month.

Susan Locks brought in her 14-year-old Bengal cat Sandy.

“It’s just important to have an animal be blessed just like we like to be blessed,” said Locks.

Alicia and Bill Peck brought in their 2-year-old Chihuahua P-Nut, who wore a sweater for the occasion.

“It’s a fun day to come out, bring the dog out and get him out of the house,” Alicia Peck said.

Abby, a 5-year-old rescue dog from Georgia, was very excited to receive her blessing, and to get treats.

“It’s nice to have her be blessed,” said owner Kate Soboleski. “She’s a great joy to our family.”

Abby has had some health issues, so Soboleski is praying for a long, healthy life for Abby. She said the dog is “best buds” with her 9-year-old son.

“Animals are truly a blessing for all of us,” said Arlene Strazzulla, Soboleski’s mother. “We can learn a lot from them.”

“I just feel like animals deserve any help we can give them,” she added.

Though this was only the first year, Marilyn Folcik, president of the parish and Strazzulla’s sister, hopes it can be an annual event.

“We try to do something for the community,” she said. “Pets are such an integral part of our lives.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Sunday, 10 November 2019 15:35. Updated: Sunday, 10 November 2019 15:37.