COVID-19 has brought communities together, but in different ways than before the pandemic. St. Therese Catholic Church in Deephaven is one of those places. Instead of Mass, the church held a drive-through food drive in April and an outdoor Mass in early May. ThreeSixty Reporter Emil Liden captured the action in for this photo essay.
People dropped off food donations in a drive-thru and were sprinkled with a holy water in a socially-distanced blessing from the priest, while others cheered from afar.
“It was incredible to see so many people come together during a difficult time. The amount of food that was raised, though, is nothing compared to the heart and love the people of St. Therese put into their work. It was truly amazing to see,” Liden said.
With stay-at-home orders still place, St. Therese pastor, Fr. Andrie, found a creative way to bring his community together for worship. On Sunday, May 3, hundreds of cars, six feet apart, filled the St. Therese Catholic Church parking lot for its first ever ‘Outdoor Mass.’ At the end, the church celebrated “May Crowning,” a special day where Catholics venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary in a special way.