Talk about an interesting way to raise money for a new church building!
In a new YouTube video, an FSSP priest is seen skiing “somewhere in the highlands of North Idaho,” while playing the bagpipes and requesting donations for his FSSP parish St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to build a new church. (You can watch the full video at the end of the article.)
“I’m trying to build a church. It’s going to be 9 million dollars, and we need money,” the priest explains while skiing down a mountain. “So, that’s what this video is for!”
He then starts playing the bagpipes as a message appears on the video that says “Donate link in description.” At the end of the video, it shows the priest attempting a ski jump but crashing, and text appears that reads, “Please donate before he kills himself.”
Here’s a drawing of the church they would like to build from their church building website:
Their website says the parish has been run by the FSSP since 2007 and has grown quickly since then such they have outgrown their current building. The new building would have a nave capable of seating 500, a parish hall, a baptistry, a 90-foot-high bell tower, a perpetual adoration chapel, and a separate wing with space for classrooms and offices.
FSSP, or the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, is a faithful Catholic organization of priests dedicated to traditional Catholic liturgy and devotional life.