WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- Good Friday falls on April 2 of this year and the exact date isn't the only thing that's different this time around.
Father Sam Martin, Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Wausau, said the initial start of the COVID-19 pandemic around this time last year had a huge impact on services.
Both Good Friday and Easter services were not held inside the building.
On Easter Sunday, members of the church drove to the parking lot and stayed inside of their cars. From there Father Martin blessed them.
Father Martin said there was a lot of isolation and sadness as the gospel was spread virtually as time progressed, but there's hope this time around.
"There's an increasing optimism," Father Martin said. "Some caution and there's still some fear don't get me wrong, but there's the hope that we're through the worst of it and that the things we've endured maybe we're better for it. Maybe we've grown in some ways that except for adversity we would not have grown."
Father Martin said Good Friday and the weekend wrap up of the Lenten season can be utilized to take advantage of the time we now have to live regardless of what religion or background you come from.
"Human beings are fragile creatures," Father Martin said. "We don't like to admit it but when it comes to hope that's the little virtue that guides the whole of the human enterprise. When hope is on the brink, we find it very difficult to see the good in ourselves and others. We lived through a tough year."
In-person restrictions will be in place on the inside of the building like social distancing, sanitizing hands and wearing masks at 50% capacity.
There will also still be a virtual option for Good Friday and Easter Sunday services, as well as every other service offered.
Father Martin said this religious weekend will be nicer this time around with real human interaction inside as well as the ability to celebrate the gospel in person.