Dozens of buses filled with March For Life participants were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike during the brutal snowstorm on Saturday — but it’s what passengers did next that’s capturing quite a bit of attention.
Catholic students from Omaha, Nebraska, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, reportedly suggested that everyone come together to celebrate Mass right there on the turnpike, making an altar out of snow and attracting six priests and 500 people to the site, according to LifeSiteNews.
A Facebook post by Holy Spirit Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, included a brief video of the Mass, with the caption reading, “Mass outside. In the blizzard once in a lifetime experience.”
Watch it below:
Mass outside. In the blizzard once in a lifetime experience.
Posted by Holy Spirit Church on Saturday, January 23, 2016
The Mass was delivered by Fr. Patrick Behm, who has been tweeting about it since it unfolded.
See some of the messages that he penned, RTed and shared on his timeline to take a closer look at how it all went down:
— Grace Auchstetter (@graceauch) January 23, 2016
— Emily Rash (@emily_rash5) January 23, 2016
— Maggie Schopp (@schoppity) January 23, 2016
Just finished helping put on the #turnpikemass by building the altar. Best mass ever. Never seen so many Catholics so devoted
— James Rotondo (@sableyemaster) January 23, 2016
— Megan Crotts (@Megansc05) January 23, 2016
— Duquesne University (@duqedu) January 23, 2016
One of the greatest joys of my priesthood. Changing My Homily to Honor the Roadside Pilgrims of Snowmageddon https://t.co/7DcGqIqmL2 via
— Fr. Patrick Behm (@FrPBehm) January 24, 2016
— Jade Goergen (@GoergenJ) January 24, 2016
One report noted that some of the groups were stranded in the snow for at least 23 hours.
Read more about the impromptu Mass here.
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