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Saint Patrick Catholic Parish in San Diego's North Park offers drive-thru confession

Posted at 11:54 AM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 14:56:29-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Churches and places of worship across San Diego County are doing their part to adapt to the times while continuing to serve the public.

Saint Patrick Catholic Parish on 3585 30th St. in North Park is offering drive-thru confession to help people continue to observe Lent during uneasy times.

Officials with the church said they are hoping the drive-thru will be a comfort to those unable to attend services.

Father Carlos Medina told 10News other churches around the country have already set up their own drive-thru confessions, and he felt Saint Patrick could also do it because of the church’s outdoor parking lot.

“During these times of sheltering in place, people are still permitted to go out for necessities or get some fresh air as long as they maintain social distancing, so we want to be a quick stop along the way. In our online communications we are asking penitents to keep their windows closed when they drive up, or if someone walks up, to maintain the six feet of separation,” Medina said.

Saint Patrick is scheduled to hold a drive-thru session on March 27, in the church’s parking lot, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

As for Mass on Sundays, Medina said the services are recorded and posted on YouTube.

Medina said they hope to stream Holy Week services live.

More information can be found on the church’s website