A ‘wacky’ priest has been shared across social media after being spotted using a water pistol to bless churchgoers whilst maintaining social distancing.
Father Tim Pelc, of St Ambrose Parish, Detriot, has described himself as the “masked avenger”, as photos have been shared of him online in which he is brandishing a water pistol and wearing a face mask as he blesses passing churchgoers.
The inventive priest has been using water pistols to bless his congregation whilst maintaining social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Due to his unusual methods, he has become somewhat of an internet sensation.
After being shared on Facebook, Father Tim Pelc came viral as people find it hilarious that he was spraying people with Holy Water by using a water pistol, making for a very unorthodox service.
Since photos have been shared and circulated, the priest has even been made into several memes. People have been using movie and game posters from classics such as The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Doom, altering the images to include the 70-year-old priest. Having heard this, Father Tim Pelc says he is overjoyed to be spreading joy during these difficult times.
The original photos were captured last month during the Holy Week and the images showed Father Tim Pelc as he stood in his robes and face mask, spraying churchgoers through their car windows.
The priest has been serving his parish for over 30 years and told TODAY that he’s got a “pretty wacky mind and pretty accepting congregation”. He then admitted that the churchgoers “squealed in delight” when he sprayed them with a water pistol.
He told BuzzFeed News: “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?”
Before spraying people with a water pistol, Father Tim Pelc made sure to consult his friend who is a doctor to make sure that it was safe. The doctor approved and supplied him with PPE and even joined alongside the priest with his kids.
As the images have been so popular online, the priest commented: “I’m not objecting to it, this whole idea of combating evil is a good one.
“We all want to believe that the devil is not the most powerful force on the earth and neither is COVID-19.”
The priest then went on to tell TODAY that through using a water pistol, he was trying to make the situation as “lighthearted” as possible. He added that the people of Detriot are taking the lockdown “very seriously”.
The priest hopes that his parish will be able to open by next Sunday for public masses yet has the feeling people will think it’s far too early.
He said: “People are saying they don’t want to come out just yet. There’s still a lot of fear out there and I don’t blame them.”
Until he can hold public masses, Father Tim Pelc will be making the use of live streams and pre-recorded services, with there being up to three masses worth tuning in.