Malverne pets get blessed at Lourdes
Deacon Rich Portuese, of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Malverne, blessed several animals during the parish’s Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 4.
The Galvan family, Philip, left, Jeanne and James with Italian greyhounds Damian, Desmond and Dante and macaw parrot, Donatello.
Charlotte Fitzgerald brought her conure parrot, Skittles, to the ceremony.
James Cosentino and his pet, Jasper, listened to Poruese’s prayer.
People of all ages attended the ceremony.
People of all ages brought their pets to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Malverne for its annual Blessing of the Animals on Oct. 4. Deacon Rich Portuese led the prayer ceremony in front of the parish.
Congregants brought everything from dogs to parrots to the ceremony and Portuese personally approached each animal to deliver a special blessing.