St. Agnes School held their annual Race to Educate 5k Race and 1 Mile Family Fun Walk/Run on Saturday September 29th. Approximately 100 participants came out for the Competitive 5K Road Race and the Fun Walk/Run to raise money for St. Agnes School and to promote living a healthy lifestyle. Josh Harter won the 5K race for the Men’s Category and 12 year old Catherine Staley, a St. Agnes School student, won the 5K race for the Women’s Category. Many families participated in the Fun Run and Walk with their children. The proceeds from the Race and Walk supported St. Agnes School.
St. Agnes School is a small Catholic School serving students in PreSchool through Grade 6. It is located on the circle in Avon and is known not only for its academic excellence but also for promoting respect, responsibility and leadership in its students.
On October 4, the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits and the excitement that surrounds St. Agnes School’s Pet Blessing. It is a day to celebrate all of God’s creatures both big and small in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals so it is a perfect time for students to bring in their pets to appreciate the gift that they are to their families. Creatures of all sizes and shapes attended the ceremony including potato bugs, a goldfish, gerbils, a ferret, guinea pigs, bunnies, cats and dogs.
Deacon Greg Emerton led the students and their families and community members in prayer before sprinkling the crowd with holy water as a blessing. Students whose pet couldn’t attend held pictures of their pet or brought a stuffed animal ‘stand-in’.
St. Agnes celebrates the Pet Blessing every year and in the past has welcomed a wide variety of creatures including tortoises, iguanas, snakes, horses, butterflies, goats and even a baby cow.