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Gypsy, a 7-year-old Catahoula Leopard, was blessed by Brother Michael Wright, in back, during a pet blessing ceremony at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Wednesday afternoon. The blessings were in recognition of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Wright, who spent about 30 minutes blessing roughly 100 pets, said he blesses the animals to help children appreciate and take better care of them. Gypsy was brought the blessing by Kathy Jones and belongs to her grandson, Gabriel Jones, 9.