As people are too busy in this digital era with their high-tech gadgets and portable smart devices, so it’s obvious that they don’t have any time left for God or to visit church. But now a ‘church on wheels’ is all set to reach people who do not go to church anymore. Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford has hired a double-decker bus named Mercy Bus to offer sermons, blessings, and confession to people who may have become disillusioned or disconnected with the Church.
This mobile confession unit is bus is to tour across Greater Manchester and Lancashire, providing on-the-go holy door that would move around the city. Father Frankie Mulgrew is behind the creation of this innovative mobile church, and has also mentioned that he was inspired by Pope Francis’ thoughts. As the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, was looking for innovative ideas while making plans for the Year of Mercy.
So Fr. Frankie came up with a thought of having mobile holy doors all over the diocese, and finally that thought took shape of the Mercy Bus. With the Pope’s approval, this innovative church on wheels was launched on February 6 at the Salford shopping center.
Now it’s all ready for touring the diocese. The stops scheduled for the Mercy Bus includes Bolton Town Center (Feb 13), Burnley (Feb 20), Tesco Car Park, Bury (March 5), and Market Square, Ashton-under-Lyne Town Centre (March 12). It will also move on to North Manchester on March 19 and finally to South Manchester on March 22.
At all these stops, the holy bus will be reaching out to people wandering in town centers, housing estates, colleges and homeless centers. So, people struggling with their inner battles can relive themselves by making a confession at this mobile church. It’s a great modernized way to help people restore their faith in God, and make masses believe in the power of the Almighty.