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Photos: Blessing of the Fleet Along the Patchogue River

Boats and their owners receive blessings for a safe season.

Father Tom Pers of St. Francis deSales Parish and Reverend Ernesto Sanchez of the United Methodist Church travelled along the Patchogue and Swan rivers last weekend to bless boaters.

As a precaution to a safe boating season, boat owners preparing their vessels for the summer were asked if they would like to receive a blessing. Dozens of boaters said yes and were granted a quick prayer.

An annual event, Captain Frank Mills from the and George Hoag from the , invited the clergymen to conduct this year's blessings.

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