TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pews at Good Shepherd Catholic Church appear to be full Easter weekend.
Members of the congregation emailed photos to the staff who printed each image and taped it to the back of a seat.
As of Saturday morning, roughly 700 members of the church were represented in photographs.
Some were family photos with parents and their children, others were portraits of individuals.
As the coronavirus pandemic rages on during this holiday, the priests wanted a way to have people feel as if they are present during each of the three Easter homilies.
"An empty church is no fun," Father Michael Foley said. "Social distancing is necessary, but you'll appreciate the people who come every week."
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On a normal Easter weekend, there would be almost 2,000 attendees over the course of the three services.
“They hunger to be spiritually present as Easter is celebrated,” Father “Raj” Arockiaraj Kunipaku Selvaraj said.
Good Shepherd implemented drive-thru confessionals.
Confessions take place Monday-Friday from 5-6 p.m. and Monday-Saturday from 10-11 a.m. The priests position themselves 6 feet away from the curb as drivers pull up to confess their sins.
Like other churches throughout the nation, faith leaders continue to find new ways to connect with their congregation during a time of social distancing.
Good Shepherd had not performed a livestream service until the order for groups no larger than 10 was announced.
This was uncharted territory for the staff, but alongside the three priests, they all felt it was important to continue a time of fellowship and worship.
"The words 'you are missed' can’t describe how our priests actually feel when they look out into the church and do not see your faces," the church wrote on Facebook.
This article originally appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: Coronavirus on Easter: Florida church fills the pews with photos