On The Road To Salvation… a mobile confessional!

This is very cool.  Fr. Z kudos to the one who came up with this.

From KATC TV in the Diocese of Lafayette.  Someone converted an ambulance into a mobile confessional.    Be sure to watch the video.

TEXT:

LAFAYETTE –
The Lafayette Diocese has created a new and easier way for outreach with the Catholic Church.
They’ve converted an old ambulance into a mobile confessional called a spiritual care unit. With a  picture of Jesus and Bible verses on the side, the new unit is for spiritual emergencies, specifically remodeled for prayer and confessions.

“It’s a way that we can give some pride and public expression of our Catholic faith that is not just meant for the walls of the church, but on the streets,” Father Michael Champagne, a priest at Lafayette Diocese, said.

The unit is  part of Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy that begins on December 8. Thanks to an anonymous donation, it took two weeks to complete the unit that Champagne calls a church on wheels.

“We need to go to where people are. People come to the church as a center of worship and pray, but we also have to do outreach,” Champagne said.

Not only is the vehicle a way to bring more people to the Catholic church, but it makes going to confession easier for people with busy schedules.

“Pope Francis is asking us to go out of to the peripheries of the church and now we have the means to do that,” Bishop Michael Jarrell said.

Inside the unit there are Bibles, rosaries and even holy water. It’s fully equipped to spiritually care for others.

“There’s no sin in the world that’s too big for God’s mercy,” Champagne said. “We want to extend and preach the gospel of mercy to our people.”

The spiritual care unit will make stops around Acadiana beginning on December 8, for the beginning for the holy year of mercy.

I can see racing about… lights flashing… dashing to hear confessions as the rest of the team piles out to stop liturgical abuses!

From FLFY:

And now…. GO TO CONFESSION!

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14 Responses to On The Road To Salvation… a mobile confessional!

  1. Anthony says:

    Wondering if this converted ambulance gets to use a siren and flashing lights to go through intersections for Spiritual Emergencies! :-D

  2. Anthony says:

    Wondering if this converted ambulance gets to use a siren and flashing lights to go through intersections for Spiritual Emergencies! :-D

  3. tgarcia2 says:

    This is great, especially for those who are home bound and cannot walk or drive to a Church.

  4. DanD. says:

    Truly unique!

  5. MrsMacD says:

    Very cool.

  6. Georgemartyrfan says:

    Hopefully it plays “All are Welcome” as it rolls through the neighborhood.

  7. acardnal says:

    Here’s an idea: The USCCB should use the money they collect for the Campaign for Human Development and buy each diocese one of these spiritual ambulances for use during the Year of Mercy!

  8. Zephyrinus says:

    Dear Fr Z,

    The Diocese of Lafayette is to be commended for such a forward-thinking, Spiritually-nourishing, endeavour such as this.

    Zephyrinus is pleased to have Posted on a Mobile Confessional in March this year. It isn’t such a technological marvel as Lafayette’s, but it is just as efficient. You can see a beautiful photograph on http://zephyrinus-zephyrinus.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/when-pressures-of-modern-living-make.html

  9. rodin says:

    Now that is creative thinking!

  10. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Good to have a confessional that’s both spacious and safely lit. Recently I was in an exceptionally dark and rather tight confessional. I’m a big fellow and my eyesight isn’t the best, so I ended up knocking over the framed act of contrition that was on the wall. Oops. I nearly said “bless me father, for I am an oaf”, but I thought better of that and used the standard opening.

  11. Andrew says:

    This can be driven to the perifery.

  12. Prayerful says:

    Not a fan of the Divine Mercy graphic, but neither was Sr Faustina. The confessional idea is good.

  13. Adeodata says:

    May I suggest parking one outside strip clubs, seedy bars, and Planned Parenthoods.