Detroit priest who used squirt gun to spray holy water on parishioners goes viral

by Bryan Brammer · May 19th, 2020 2:52 pm

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Last Updated May 19th, 2020 at 4:06 pm

A Detroit priest's unconventional — but creative — way of using a squirt gun to spray holy water on parishioners who are social distancing has gone viral.

During Easter weekend, Father Timothy Pelc of the St. Ambrose Parish stood outside the church, spraying parishioners and their Easter baskets as they sat in their vehicles along the curb.

St. Ambrose Parish posted the images on its Facebook page.

Pelc said he wanted to do something special for the kids for Easter, so he ran the squirt gun idea by a friend who is an emergency room doctor in Detroit.

"The squirt gun allowed the dose without any cross contamination. He kinda encouraged me to take the risk," Pelc told BuzzFeed News. "He said, 'Not only is this safe, this is fun,' and he came with his kids.' He provided me with all the personal protection stuff that I needed. The sun was out. We had a nice turnout. It was a way of continuing an ancient custom, and people seemed to enjoy it."

Twitter users have gotten creative with the photos of Pelc wielding the squirt gun.


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