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Virtual Blessing of Animals

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Saturday, November 7, 2020
Posted on Facebook from 10 am to 4:30 pm


The Blessing of Animals originated in the 13th century in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who believed that all animals should be treated with dignity and respect. As the site of a Franciscan Mission in the 17th-century Mission San Luis honors the tradition of blessing animals annually.

This year join us ONLINE to celebrate animals past and present! A variety of special pre-recorded videos with animal themes will be posted on event day. Topics will include history, games, and crafts for the kids! We also will present videos from community animal organizations.

And Blessing of Animals is not complete without...blessings! So this year we will post a video of a VIRTUAL PET BLESSING at NOON by Deacon Andy Grosmaire of St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral. (Note: deadline has past for pet submissions)

Download our Trivia Game to play while watching the many videos throughout the day!

Below is the full schedule of posts on our Facebook page:
(Videos can also be viewed directly from our YouTube playlist)


  • 10:00 am -10:30 – Videos:

          -- Introduction by Dr. Jonathan Sheppard, Executive Director

          -- Welcome by Helena Sadvary, Museum Programs Supervisor 

          -- Importance of Animals by Rebecca Woofter, 
              Manager of Programming and Audience Engagement

          -- Craft with Matt Smith, Education Specialist 
              (Decorating Florida Animals with Beans, Seeds, & Spices)  Animal Outlines pdf

  • 10:30 am – Tallahassee Big Dog Rescue Video
  • 11:00 am – "Apalachee Animal Trivia" Video
  • 11:30 am – FSU Sea-to-See Video
  • Noon – ANIMAL BLESSING Video with Deacon Andy Grosmaire of St. Thomas More
    (Thanks to all who submitted pets!)
  • 12:30 pm – Big Bend DART Video
  • 1:00 pm – "Clues to the Chicken Chase" Video
  • 1:30 pm – Echo Farm Paso Finos
  • 2:00 pm – "Nutrition from Game and Livestock" Video
  • 2:30 pm – St. Frances Wildlife Refuge Video
  • 3:00 pm – "Animals Adorning the Church Paintings" Video
  • 3:30 pm – TLH animal Therapy Video
  • 4:00 pm – "Kids' Craft: Fun Paper Tube Florida Animals!" Video  Pattern/Printed Instructions
  • 4:30 pm – St. Marks Wildlife Refuge Video