In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and ecology, we honor and bless all creatures, great and small. Your favorite, well-behaved pet (breathing or stuffed) or a photograph of an animal that must stay home are welcome. Animal friends must be leashed or caged appropriately. Arrive at school with your pet to be blessed for this courtyard Chapel service. Afterward, students go to class, live animals go home, and stuffed animals take a break in backpacks or cubbies until the end of the day.