Detroit Priest Gives Socially-Distanced Blessings From a Water Gun

It's kind of genius if you ask us. 

Guns in Detroit… groundbreaking.

We’re only kidding, this one was filled with holy water as a priest from Grosse Pointe Park’s St. Ambrose Parish came up with a brilliant idea for Easter blessings.

Father Tim Pelc has gone viral after blessing churchgoers with holy water from a squirt gun during Easter.

Pelc told Buzzfeed News that he wanted to find a way to safely continue the tradition of blessing Easter baskets amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He 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?”

Pelc determined the safest way to bless patrons without close contact was by spraying them with a water gun full of holy water.

It’s kind of genius if you ask us.

The parish posted photos to their Facebook page showing Pelc wearing a protective mask, shield and gloves.

Posted by St. Ambrose Parish on Sunday, April 12, 2020


Even though the photos are from the Christian Holy Week in April, Pelc’s approach to sharing blessings has more recently taken the internet by storm.

“I’m a little reluctant, if I didn’t have a mask on in these photos I probably wouldn’t be as happy,” Pelc said. “But I’m perfectly happy being the masked avenger here.”


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