Going Viral: St. Ambrose Parish, Father Tim Palec, and the Blessing of the Easter Foods



Going Viral: St. Ambrose Parish, Father Tim Palec, and the Blessing of the Easter Foods


In mid-May, Father Tim Palec went viral for the way he maintained St. Ambrose's traditional Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets. Dressed in protective gear and using a water gun, Father Palec maintained social distance while carrying out the traditional blessings in a nontraditional manner. The drive-thru blessing took place on April 11, but quickly became viral about a month later (even appearing in several news articles). An image of Father Palec with the water gun made its way to a subreddit called r/photoshopbattles, where redditors photoshopped Father Palec onto movie posters and into a multitude of different scenes, ranging from Star Wars to World War II to exoricisms to a crusade and more. In addition to becoming a viral meme, the church has also stood out for the way it has honored and memorialized Michigan's victims of COVID-19: they've tied a ribbon for each life lost on the trees in front of their church. St. Ambrose Parish offers Sunday mass through Facebook live and their website, and shares posts about different ways members can help the greater community during the pandemic.

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St. Ambrose Parish is a "communio" of Catholic Christians. A communio
is a group of Christians working together as best they can to become a
forgiving, loving,... serving, sharing brother and sisterhood. We have
voluntarily come together in response to God's Word as we have heard it
in the Old and New Testaments, in the present and past history of our
Church, in the signs of the times and in our own individual, familial
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We see as our mission the strengthening of our union, the proclamation
of God's Word within and outside of our membership and the nourishing
of our own spiritual growth. We seek to increase our own spiritual
growth. We seek to increase our understanding that our parish community
includes the local community, the nation and the world.
We recognize that we exist not only for ourselves. We seek constantly
to broaden our awareness of the needs of the people whom we are called
to serve and with this expanding awareness, to address those needs more
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Saturday -- 4 p.m.
Sunday -- 8:30 a.m.
Sunday -- 11:15 a.m.
St. Ambrose Parish is a "communio" of Catholic Christians. A communio
is a group of Christians working together as best they can to become a
forgiving, loving, serving, sharing brother and sisterhood. We have
voluntarily come together in response t...
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The St. Ambrose Church building will be open for private prayer on
Sundays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. There will be
exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during that time. We must
limit those in attendance to 10 - no closer than six feet apart.
And, please, wipe down the area where you were seated using the
cleaning materials we have provided.

St. Ambrose Offices Closed
Following the extension of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay
Safe" order for all non-essential workers to stay at home, the St.
Ambrose Offices remain closed through May 28 Phone lines will be
directed to an answering service; St. Vincent dePaul referrals will
be made. Parishioners are encouraged to use the mail slot near the
front door of the rectory to drop off offertory envelopes and other
communications. Mail will be picked up daily.


From the Archbishop re: opening churches

May 12, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I write today to share some measure of hope during this difficult time
of pandemic and social distancing. In recent weeks, we have watched
with relief as our State of Michigan gradually opened to select
businesses and activities, with prudent precautions firmly in place to
prevent a severe "second wave" of the coronavirus pandemic. In keeping
with this gradual reopening of our society, it is necessary that we
make similar arrangements within our local Church to allow once again
for the communal celebration of Holy Mass, which at its core is the
most "essential" activity known to our world.
In these liturgical directives you will see details for the return to
public Mass on May 19, 2020. The most important category of individuals
to participate at Mass at this time should be those preparing to enter
the Catholic Church in the weeks ahead. These directives will need
strict adherence for all public liturgies, including weddings,
funerals, and baptisms. The Mass you may attend in the weeks ahead will
look and feel quite different from the Mass you remember from two
months ago. It will be imperative for all of us - pastors, parish
staff, volunteers, and all the faithful - to work together during these
times. The pandemic is not over and safety precautions must be followed
in order to promote the continued health and safety of everyone in our
Additionally, I am sharing with you updated liturgical guidelines,
which have been assembled by the COVID-19 Liturgical Committee. These
guidelines have taken into account expert advice from the medical
community, liturgical experts, and public health leaders. They are
meant to assist pastors and the faithful in safely participating in
Holy Mass while maintaining the sound health precautions counseled by
health and government officials. Through it all, we must remember that
this virus does not discriminate between gatherings; a group gathered
for sacred worship is not immune by the merits of its gathering. It is
only through our careful observance of these precautions that we make
it possible to resume public Mass. For more information about all these
guidelines and other resources, please
visit www.aod.org/emergencyresponse.
When this pandemic began, I directed priests of the Archdiocese of
Detroit to suspend all public Masses as we assessed the situation and
explored a safe way to bring Christ to the people, both through the
Word of God and the Sacraments. This was an unfortunate but necessary
decision in light of the severity of the pandemic and the number of
unknowns associated with this new and deadly virus. Know that I have
prayed during this time for you, the faithful of southeast Michigan,
especially during my private and livestreamed Masses. I pray you have
felt the loving comfort of Christ as you awaited the day you could
return to his Real Presence in the Eucharist. And I rejoice with you
and thank God today as we move toward the gradual reopening of our
parish communities.
Asking the continued intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit

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+ Sunday: 8:30 AM; 11:15 AM
+ Tuesday: 8:30 AM
+ Thursday: 8:30 AM
+ Friday: 8:30 AM
On Holydays of Obligation, Masses are at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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