• Pet blessings are being offered at a number of diocesan parishes to honor the Oct. 4 feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

    <p>Patty Hoag&rsquo;s dog Maggie is blessed by Deacon Ed Knauf during a pet blessing service Oct. 6, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Greece. (File photo)  </p>

    Patty Hoag’s dog Maggie is blessed by Deacon Ed Knauf during a pet blessing service Oct. 6, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Greece. (File photo)

  • Life on a remote island ebbs and flows, much like the unsettled waters surrounding it.

    Father Tom Farrell, pastor of Stella Marish Parish in Door County, Wis., distributes Communion to people attending an outdoor Mass Sept. 6, 2020, at the home of Larry and Diane Kahlscheuer on Washington Island.

    Father Tom Farrell, pastor of Stella Marish Parish in Door County, Wis., distributes Communion to people attending an outdoor Mass Sept. 6, 2020, at the home of Larry and Diane Kahlscheuer on Washington Island. The Kahlscheuers began hosting outdoor Masses in June, when Green Bay Bishop David L. Ricken allowed public celebration of Masses with social-distancing restrictions. Washington Island has no Catholic church, and the Lutheran church where local Catholics usually gathered for Mass is still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo by Sam Lucero/The Compass)

  • For John Davisson, the past few months of the pandemic in Washington gave him more time to return to a hobby that began during his childhood: making Lego designs.

    John Davisson poses for a photo with a Lego replica of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

    John Davisson poses for a photo with a Lego replica of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. (CNS photo, courtesy Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception via Catholic Standard)