Dashboard confessions amid COVID-19

Posted at 7:12 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 21:10:20-04

Two Acadiana priests are helping some keep the faith amid the coronavirus.

St. Mary Magdalen in Abbeville is taking a hint from some restaurants and now, they're offering drive-in confessions through Lent.

One-by-one Friday afternoon, cars trickle in to the drive-in confessions at St. Mary Magdalen's Community Center.

Father Louis Richard said, "I've heard confessions in just about every place imaginable, but never like this."

Father Richard and Father Don Bernard are taking turns hearing confessions and praying with those who pull up.

"We'll respect some social distancing, hear their confessions and offer them absolution and peace," Father Richard said.

Both priests have been recording daily mass and sharing it online. They say theses small gestures mean a lot and can bring some comfort in these uncertain times.

"Many Catholics try to make it their practice to go to confession at least once. We'd hate for people to not have that opportunity because people commit as a Lenten practice. When this is all over to receive communion will be a real gift for people," said Father Bernard.

Both priests are reminding their parishioners to stay strong as we navigate this season.

"We join with people around Acadiana and the world in feeling the suffering of people living in fear with this and those living with the illness. We certainly unite our prayers with theirs for a speedy conclusion to all of this," said Father Richard.

Drive-In Confessions will continue each Friday from 3-5 through Lent.