A CATHOLIC priest in the US has come up with a novel way to bless his parishioners while maintaining social distancing during the COVID-19.
Father Tim Pelc from St Ambrose Church has taken to shooting holy water at his flock as part of a special system designed to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
Parishioners simply drive up to the front of the church, wind down their car window and prepare themselves for a Holy soaking.
Decked out in a protective mask, face shield and rubber gloves, it appears Father Pelc is taking no chances when it comes to COVID-19.
His efforts have gone down a storm online too, with pictures of Father Pelc doing the rounds on social media, sparking a few memes in the process.
In one imaginative effort, the 70-year-old Man of the Cloth can be seen dousing a group of devil-like demons with his trusty plastic water pistol.
It’s provided locals with a much-needed bit of brevity in these otherwise gloomy times, while Father Pelc has become an overnight celebrity of sorts.
Still, it’s not all been plain sailing for the Catholic priest, who remains a lttiel concerned his antics could draw criticism from the big man himself – the Pope, that is.
Thankfully, the Pontiff hasn’t got in touch.
“I haven’t heard anything yet,” Father Pelc told Buzzfeed News.
Who knows? We could yet see a day when the Pope takes to the balcony overlooking Vatican City armed with a super soaker or two.