BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS @Caption Stand Alone:Blessing pets in Lehighton Fourth grader Jack Lorenz holds the holy water while the Rev. Michael Ahrensfield blesses pet, both living and stuffed during the annual pet blessing at Ss. Peter and Paul school in Lehighton. Each year the school holds a pet blessing in conjunction with Saint Francis of Assisi's feast day. Saint Francis is the patron Saint of animals.