Priest Offers Drive-Thru Blessings With Holy Water Pistol During Lockdown

A Catholic priest in Detroit has gone viral after being filmed blessing his parishioners with holy water from a water pistol during lockdown.

With social distancing and stay-at-home laws ceasing mass gatherings (no pun intended) for the time being, religious services have had to take on several different forms, whether they be virtually done over Zoom or, in the case of Father Tim Pelc, as Drive-Thru blessings.

Father Pelc implemented the incredible new service during Holy Week last month and has now become a viral sensation thanks to pictures of his drive-by service being shared by St. Ambrose Parish.

The priest, adorned in a protective mask and shield, holds his Holy water pistol in a gloved hand and shoots it at his passing congregation from a safe distance.

Father Tom’s Parish wrote alongside the photos, “Blessing of the Easter Foods, April 11, 2020.

“Adapting to the need for social distancing, St. Ambrose continued its tradition of Blessing of Easter Food Baskets, drive-thru style.


“Yes, that’s Fr. Tim using a squirt gun full of Holy Water!”

Speaking to Buzzfeed, Father Tim said: “The original idea was to do something for the kids of the parish. 

“They were about ready to have an Easter unlike any of their past, so I thought, ‘What can we still do that would observe all the protocols of social distancing?'”

Well played, Father. Now, can you do the same with Communion wine for people walking by at a distance of two metres? Cheers.

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