Site Visit: Assumption Catholic School, Bellingham

March 26, 2020

Although the Fulcrum Ambassador Program has suspended site visits due to COVID-19, our ambassadors are eager to share their stories and personal reflections about their past visits to our incredible Catholic schools. Our ambassadors are the “face of Fulcrum”, building strong relationships with the schools, students, and parents.

Assumption Catholic School, Bellingham
By Stephanie Singler

There is no happier event to attend with a parish school community than the “Blessing of the Animals,” celebrating the Feast of Saint Francis. St. Francis of Assisi is remembered for his generosity to the poor and his love for animals and nature.

Our ambassador road trip to Assumption Catholic School in Bellingham began on a sunny and crisp morning in October. We anticipated a typical site visit: a school tour followed by a round table discussion. Instead, we were surprised to find a parking lot full of people and their animals—including dogs, cats, rabbits, and even snakes! The scene was chaotic and joyful as we made our way through the crowd to find the school principal, Dan Anderson, and his dog, “Ponchi.” We soon learned that the celebration included Mass and a “Blessing of the Animals.” The Assumption students led the Mass, with Fr. Scott offering a service which included a verbal blessing and holy water. Our ambassadors met many families and their furry friends, and all felt blessed in God’s eyes!

Fr. Scott, delighted to meet and mingle with the community, offered, “I appreciate the energy and enthusiasm that this very special event brings to the community. We did however have to limit the size of the animals, after a family brought their cow to the school!”

Stephanie Singler is the Communications Manager for the Fulcrum Foundation. She enjoys her work with the ambassador program and can’t wait to get on the road again with Shelley! Stephanie is currently working remotely from home along with her husband, kids and cat, Mitzi.