Detroit priest overcomes social distancing by squirting people with toy gun

(DAILY MAIL) – A priest in Michigan has inspired a series of funny memes after social media users noticed his original way of carrying out blessings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Father Tim Pelc was seen adapting the tradition of the Blessing of Easter Food Baskets at St. Ambrose Parish in Detroit last month, using a plastic water gun to spritz people in order to stick to social distancing measures.

Images shared on the parish’s Facebook page showed the religious leader wearing an N95 face mask underneath a plastic face shield and wearing disposable gloves as he clutched his Bible at the drive-thru style service.

Several images show Father Tim using the green and blue toy guns during the Holy Week services where church-goers pulled up in their cars to see him.

‘Yes, that’s Fr. Tim using a squirt gun full of Holy Water!’ the parish posted on Facebook alongside images taken by photographer Larry Peplin.

The 70-year-old priest, who has worked at the church for 30 years, said he came up with the idea while thinking of what he could do for the children 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?’ Father Tim told.

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