Russellville church offers 'drive-in' Mass, provides assistance with food and bills

Courtesy of Good Shepherd Catholic Church

Father Vincent Bresowar says the church began offering “drive-up” Mass in mid-May to allow parishioners to continue worshiping safely.

Posted: Aug 24, 2020 3:25 PM

Attending Sunday Mass at Good Shepherd Catholic Church during the pandemic means driving up and tuning in.

Father Vincent Bresowar says the church began offering “drive-up” Mass in mid-May to allow parishioners to continue worshiping safely.

“People stay in their cars and we have a transmitter by FM radio, and they can hear the Mass inside their car, and in this way, it’s safer,” Bresowar said.

Around 100 cars come out every Sunday in Russellville to participate in Mass, according to Bresowar.

“We built a platform next to the roof of our temple, and in a large field, people can park their cars and we raise the platform so people can see the Holy Mass,” Bresowar said.

Masses are bilingual in English and Spanish, as a majority of the parishioners are native Spanish speakers. Bresowar says many of these individuals have been greatly impacted by coronavirus.

“Most of our community, especially here in the church, are from Guatemala, Mexico, they are immigrants. They are very affected, there are many Hispanics in our community who have contracted the virus in their own families, their own homes,” Bresowar said.

Bresowar says that coronavirus has been especially challenging for many in these communities because their work does not allow them to stay home.

“People don’t get much opportunity to rest because they don’t have a lot of money, of course the parents still need to work. The majority, probably 95% of people can’t work inside their home because they have jobs where they can only work at the company or the factory,” Bresowar said.

The church is also working to meet more than just the spiritual needs of the community.

“We also provide food for the poor who need food, who need clothes, we have clothes. We also help with bills, the cost of their bills or the bills because a lot of people are struggling with their bills,” Bresowar said.

Bresowar says the church is open every day and can provide assistance with food or clothing. On Mondays, there is a food bank from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and a team that comes to help those seeking assistance with bills specifically.

Mass is also offered online and through Facebook Live, which can be found by going to the Good Shepherd Catholic Church website and Facebook page.

Huntsville
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 50°
Florence
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 50°
Fayetteville
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 47°
Decatur
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 48°
Scottsboro
Few Clouds
48° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 48°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 136549

Reported Deaths: 2378
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19833350
Mobile13471292
Montgomery8865184
Tuscaloosa8744118
Madison797878
Shelby604349
Lee594560
Baldwin558850
Marshall396743
Calhoun354844
Etowah354045
Morgan332728
Houston293521
Elmore269148
DeKalb243521
St. Clair234036
Walker233084
Talladega217729
Limestone213520
Cullman191120
Dallas179326
Franklin179029
Autauga178525
Russell17653
Lauderdale174033
Colbert167526
Blount161815
Escambia161424
Chilton159330
Jackson158911
Covington140327
Dale139944
Coffee13656
Pike120510
Chambers117242
Tallapoosa116685
Clarke110416
Marion97129
Butler91439
Barbour8867
Winston74512
Marengo72620
Pickens66814
Randolph66013
Bibb65710
Lowndes65727
Hale64928
Geneva6384
Lawrence62823
Cherokee61413
Bullock60714
Clay5928
Monroe5908
Washington56113
Crenshaw54232
Perry5426
Conecuh53711
Wilcox53211
Henry5085
Macon48318
Fayette4678
Sumter43819
Cleburne3895
Lamar3772
Choctaw35112
Greene30315
Coosa1723
Out of AL00
Unassigned00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 193732

Reported Deaths: 2389
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby31034460
Davidson26685307
Hamilton956495
Knox955080
Rutherford940890
Williamson534136
Sumner488398
Wilson353845
Putnam335541
Montgomery312344
Unassigned30476
Out of TN299727
Bradley296717
Madison294364
Sevier264715
Blount254824
Maury242024
Washington233736
Robertson223135
Sullivan222033
Hamblen194326
Tipton183619
Gibson171323
Trousdale16687
Hardeman158326
Wayne15025
Dyer140314
Bedford137017
Dickson127715
Coffee125513
Cumberland121718
Weakley121219
Fayette120619
Anderson120213
Obion120011
Henderson119124
Loudon11906
Carter117928
Greene116644
McMinn115025
Jefferson113414
Warren10787
Lawrence107713
Macon106821
Monroe105818
Hardin105216
Lauderdale99516
Haywood99221
Franklin98910
Lake9252
McNairy91818
Roane9096
Carroll90520
Bledsoe8624
Rhea85013
White8499
Hawkins82318
Cheatham81910
Marshall7805
Overton7666
Cocke75310
Smith73411
Johnson7292
Chester64610
Giles63717
Henry6289
Lincoln6281
Hickman5998
DeKalb57214
Crockett54419
Marion5388
Decatur5317
Fentress5273
Campbell4564
Claiborne4425
Polk40610
Grainger3863
Union3712
Benton3399
Jackson3325
Morgan3213
Grundy3126
Cannon2950
Unicoi2881
Humphreys2633
Sequatchie2421
Clay2345
Houston2283
Meigs2283
Stewart2192
Scott2182
Lewis2071
Moore1801
Van Buren1660
Perry1530
Pickett1232
Hancock1073

Community Events