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Snickers the horse dwarfs everyone around him as he receives his blessing. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

Snickers the horse dwarfs everyone around him as he receives his blessing. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

Folks from as far away as Quogue attended the annual Blessing of the Animals at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck on Sunday afternoon, bringing along cats, dogs, donkeys and horses. (more…)

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The large convent that housed nuns across the street from Sacred Heart R.C. Church will be the first of the parish's Cutchogue buildings to be sold. With dwindling congregation numbers across Southold, town officials are concerned that more and more church buildings will be coming on the market, and are taking steps to prevent less-than-desirables uses. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The large convent that housed nuns across the street from Sacred Heart R.C. Church will be the first of the parish’s Cutchogue buildings to be sold. With dwindling congregation numbers across Southold, town officials are taking steps to prevent less-than-desirables uses in former church buildings. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

There was a time, not too long ago, when most families in Southold Town had similar Sunday routines. Each week at about the same time, they would take to the streets with one thought in mind: church. It was a day for people to dress nicely and reflect on their lives and how to improve them. They would gather in church sanctuaries to pray, sing and give thanks to God.

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10/06/13 3:48pm
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GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | Deacon Jeff Sykes and altar boy Chris Massey of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck bless a horse Sunday.

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | Deacon Jeff Sykes and altar boy Chris Massey of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck bless a horse Sunday.

It’s not every day you go to church with three horses, two donkeys, a guinea pig, several cats and a few dozen dogs. And that’s what people love about the Blessing of the Animal ceremonies held at area churches each October.

“It’s the most fun we have all year,” said Deacon Jeff Sykes of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck. “It’s particularly great out here. Other places, you’ll see some house pets. Here we have horses and donkeys, too.”

The Mattituck ceremony was one of several blessings held on the North Fork this weekend, along with events at Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenport.

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | No amount of rain can spoil the pleasure of a good scratch for this pooch awaiting his blessing at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mattituck.

In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, animals and their owners attended ceremonies across the North Fork to receive the traditional blessing.

Greenport’s Holy Trinity Episcopal Church held a ceremony at noon Sunday, presided over by Rev. Paul Wancura.

Deacon Jeff Sykes at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mattituck performed a ceremony in the early afternoon as a steady downpour drenched both animals and their owners.

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