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Ontario church offers drive-thru confession

Even during a global pandemic, people are still sinning. That’s why a number of priests at a church in Ontario decided to get creative about how they could still offer congregation to their congregation.

As reported by CTV News, St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Belleville has started to provide drive-thru sacraments.

Parishioners can confess their sins by rolling up to the church’s window in their vehicles. Keeping a distance of two metres, they are able to speak with a priest.

Under the provincial government of Ontario’s state of emergency places of worship were forced to close their doors last month.

As another adaptive measure, St. Michael’s has offered mass over Facebook Live and YouTube.

Rev. Richard Whalen told CTV News that he feels fortunate to be able to still communicate with people even if it is on a virtual level.

“I know that I’m talking directly to them,” he says. “I know they’re suffering not being able to go to church. I’m so blessed that I have an opportunity to speak God’s word to them.”

St. Michael’s drive thru confessions are offered two hours daily, 11.30a.m. to 12.30p.m. and 5p.m. to 6p.m. More information can be found here.