Priest offers drive-thru confession during coronavirus pandemic

The priest maintains a distance of 6 feet during the confessions.

A priest in Maryland is offering drive-thru confessions during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Father Scott Holmer administers the confession every day in the parking lot of St. Edward Church in Bowie, according to the church's schedule.

He sits on a chair while cars pull up to him.

Holmer keeps a distance of 6-feet between himself and those who wish to confess, abiding by the social distancing practice that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges the public to follow to stop the spread.

Worshippers can also confess anonymously. Those who wish to do so can alert Seminarian Joe McHenry and Holmer will go behind a "screen," which is an eye mask, according to the church.

The schedule for drive-thru confession is Monday from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday from 8:45 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Confession is cancelled if it rains, the church said.

What to know about Coronavirus:

  • How it started and how to protect yourself: Coronavirus explained
  • What to do if you have symptoms: Coronavirus symptoms
  • Tracking the spread in the US and Worldwide: Coronavirus map