As governments shut down public gatherings — and bishops shut down public Mass — priests are finding creative ways to nourish souls.
Not a single diocese in the country is having public Mass this week. Instead, many parish priests are offering private Mass and livestreaming it on YouTube, Facebook Live and other platforms.
Priests throughout the U.S. are hearing confession outdoors, enabling the faithful to pull up in their cars, roll down their windows and confess their sins — all while maintaining social distancing.
Last week, photos went viral of Fr. Scott Holmer at St. Edward the Confessor in Bowie, Maryland sitting outside to hear drive-thru confessions.
Fr. Holmer: "You guys hang in there, okay? And don't let thing get you overwhelmed. You know, God's still in control."
One priest in Maine, Fr. Seamus Griesbach, set up a drive-thru confession window in the rectory.
There were positive responses on social media to these priests and their actions.
While some Church leaders seemed all too willing to separate the laity from the sacraments, faithful Catholics are encouraged by the example of faithful priests trying to keep the sacraments available.