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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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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Members of the Living Water Full Gospel Church sing during Sunday’s annual Christmas pageant.

The Living Water Full Gospel Church held its 21st annual Christmas pageant featuring singing and dancing by members of the congregation Sunday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Pastor Rick Saladon (right) hands out raffle tickets at Sunday’s pageant.

“The Wonder of Christmas” included about 100 performers, ushers, stage techs and crew, said pastor Rick Saladon, who was selling 50/50 raffle tickets dressed as “Buddy” from the movie Elf. The show featured tap dancing and singing performances of more than a dozen songs.

A portion of the show’s proceeds will go to help those less fortunate members of the community, said senior pastor George Dupree. Pastor George said the church has raised more than $80,000 in the 21-year run of the show.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Donna Cortese and Josie McSwane tap dance during the holiday pageant.

A moment of silence was held as the show began to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut on Friday. In a prayer before the show, Pastor George asked God to bring “grace…wisdom, understanding, consolation and help” to those affected by the tragedy.

It might seem odd to be celebrating the holiday season after such a tragedy, he said, but added that now is when it is most important to have faith.

“It is so vital and so necessary to show God and the light of God’s love to the world,” he said.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Pastor Rick’s last name as Thompson. His name is Rick Saladon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | “Silver Bells” was one of the many holiday tunes sung Sunday afternoon.

 

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | William Sockey, Our Lady of Fatima’s official custodian, brought the statue to St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport on Sunday.

The Our Lady of Fatima staue, hand carved from wood and blessed in 1952, made its way to churches across the region last weekend.

William Sockey, the statue’s official custodian, brought it to St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead last Friday and St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport on Sunday. Mr. Sockey, who lives in Venus, Pa., visited a total of 23 Long Island churches last week.

Worshipers brought rosaries and other religious items to be placed under the robes of the statue.

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