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Photo Gallery: Blessing of the animals in Costa Mesa

The Rev. Douglas Zavala blesses a Chihuahua with a sprinkle of holy water Sunday at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Costa Mesa.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)

Caged pet birds get a sprinkle of holy water from the Rev. Douglas Zavala during St. Joachim Catholic Church’s blessing of the animals on Sunday in Costa Mesa.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)

The Rev. Douglas Zavala sprinkles holy water on a bulldog during Sunday’s blessing of the animals ceremony at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Costa Mesa.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)

A dog in a stroller gets a blessing and sprinkle of holy water from the Rev. Douglas Zavala of St. Joachim Catholic Church in Costa Mesa.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)

The Rev. Douglas Zavala makes a new friend during St. Joachim Catholic Church’s blessing of the animals ceremony Sunday in Costa Mesa.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)

The Rev. Douglas Zavala recites the “Reading of the Word of God” as pet birds wait to be blessed Sunday at St. Joachim Catholic Church in Costa Mesa.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)

Parishioners pray during the “Reading of the Word of God” at St. Joachim Catholic Church’s blessing of the animals Sunday.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)

With the animal blessings over, the Rev. Douglas Zavala bids his flock goodbye Sunday.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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