St. Anne’s Catholic Church ministers to the community of Cow Island, in Louisiana. Despite the name, Cow Island is a landlocked region that spans a 25-mile radius of rural farmland, in which the residents live far apart, separated by the large fields.
Shortly before Christmas, in a bid to bring the congregation together, Fr. Matthew Barzare helped organize a massive, town-wide blessing, which utilized a crop duster to release 100 gallons of holy water over Cow Island. In a Facebook post that documented the event, the Diocese of Lafayette explained:
Fr. Matthew Barzare and parishioners of St. Anne Church in Cow Island enlisted the help of a crop duster pilot to bless their community. They loaded 100 gallons of holy water into the plane and the pilot sprayed the water onto the town and the nearby farms. Parishioners also brought water from home to the airstrip to be blessed by Fr. Barzare.