With some faithful hesitant to return to the pews due to COVID-19, St. Matthew Parish in Conshohocken recently began offering its Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass at nearby A. A. Garthwaite football field.

(Related: Read our feature story on St. Matthew Parish’s outdoor Masses.)

The liturgies scored a touchdown with parishioners, who enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist in the fresh air and sunshine, which according to researchers can inhibit the spread of the coronavirus.

Attendance has more than tripled, and the on-field Masses put “a little bit of bounce” in the step of parishioners, said pastor Father Thomas Heron.

(All photos courtesy of Alicia Fabrizio.)