'We Have To Be Creative': Churches Prepare For Socially Distant Easter Mass

Easter Sunday will mark the 46th consecutive week of outdoor masses at Our Lady’s Parish in Waltham. WBZ-TV's Mike LaCrosse reports.

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- Churches are looking for ways to help their congregations celebrate the holiday safely. This is what everyone wants to avoid. In the two weeks after Thanksgiving, the state's positivity rate nearly doubled from 3% to 5.86%. And there was a surge after Christmas, as well. WBZ's Michael Cross shows us what churches are doing to try to prevent a repeat performance.

JAMES DIPERRI: And as we give thanks to God for celebrating in person--

MIKE LACROSSE: Easter Sunday will mark the 46th consecutive week of outdoor masses at Our Lady's Parish in Waltham.

JAMES DIPERRI: Holy Week is here, the time to come forward.

MIKE LACROSSE: People set up their beach chairs, socially distance right in the parking lot. The church's pastor, Father James DiPerri. Says the outdoor services are extremely well-attended and he expects a busy Easter.

JAMES DIPERRI: So people come together. They want to be together. And they follow the health guidelines, and thankfully, all goes well.

ADAM RIVEIRO: Now, by the grace of God, we've had no COVID cases here at our church from any service.

MIKE LACROSSE: Liberty Baptist Church in Easton is also nearing a year of adjusting services amid the pandemic. Church members can choose to worship inside or listen through their car radio.

ADAM RIVEIRO: There is no substitute for being part of the service, but we also want to make sure that for those who are the most vulnerable, that there's a mechanism to make sure that they can still feel like they're part of church, too.

MIKE LACROSSE: Doctors say people who are not vaccinated still need to take steps to protect themselves if they're heading to service.

SHIRA DORON: The more you can stay in well-ventilated places, especially the outdoors, the safer you are.

JAMES DIPERRI: The Lord be with you.

MIKE LACROSSE: At Our Lady's, the outdoor masses may continue, even when the pandemic is over.

JAMES DIPERRI: I think the key is that we have to be creative, whatever the times may bring.

MIKE LACROSSE: In Waltham, Mike LaCrosse, WBZ News.