Ragged priest pants, a few pairs of jeans and a pair of sneakers, and they’re all for sale at the Church of the Redeemer in St. Albert, Alberta, according to the pastor who created them in 1996.
“It’s been a little bit of a struggle,” said the Rev. Kevin McBride, whose mission statement reads, “The Lord has a plan for all people.”
A little bit.
And, of course, a lot of time.
The jeans have a small hole in the front and were made in Edmonton.
But they’re a nice touch, McBride said, adding that they’re the first pair he ever made in Canada.
He hopes to eventually have them made in China.
But first, he has to get the rest of the pants in order.
McBride is one of a handful of people in the world to be given a pair by the Church for their sins.
They’re sold for $1,000 and only available through his church’s website.
For $1.50 a pair, the pants can be customized to fit different people, he said.
“We’re just doing it to show that you can do good for others,” he said of his jeans.
“If you’re a man, I’m a man.
If you’re an atheist, I don’t care.
You can do the right thing.
And if you’re someone who’s trying to be a good person, you can still do the good thing.”
McBride and his family have been parishioners for almost three decades, and he’s seen how the Church has changed his life.
His first parishioner, who was ordained a priest, said she was shocked when she found out he had a pair.
“I had no idea that he had one,” she said.
McBrights’ wife is a parishionee and has had a couple of seminary classes.
When she found them, she was ecstatic.
“When you see it, you want to be like, wow, this is a good thing,” she told CBC News.
“He’s not wearing jeans anymore, he’s not having to wash his jeans, he can do all the things that he needs to do.”
McBrides’ mission statement states that he has been involved in the church since 1996 and said he’s “truly committed to the gospel.”
But McBride’s father, Rick, has had some hard times in recent years, especially after the 2009 earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 100,000 people.
“That was the worst thing we’ve ever seen in our lives,” McBride told CBC.
“The church has been my life. “
To have this to happen to us, to have to leave our family, to go into a business that I have no business in, it was a very tough time.”
“The church has been my life.
It’s been my family.
It was my family that I’ve been in love with for 20 years.”
Mcbrides’ father, who is also the pastor at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, had to take some time away from his church to get his life back together.
He returned home and spent a lot more time with his wife and kids.
“They were my main focus for a long time, I had no other life outside of the church,” he told CBC, adding he also lost a lot.
“And I just really wanted to get back into my faith.
The jeans were made for the pastor, and the church’s mission statement also states that they can be used by priests, priests-in-training, ministers and lay people. “
There’s a lot that needs to change, and it’s going to be the first step.”
The jeans were made for the pastor, and the church’s mission statement also states that they can be used by priests, priests-in-training, ministers and lay people.
Mcbrights said the pants were also designed for those who are addicted to pornography, alcohol or drug use.
“People need a change in their life,” he explained.
“A lot of people go to hell for it.”
McBridys is not the only priest in Canada who has a pair in his collection.
“The red vestments are available, too,” he added.
“Some people are using them to wash their hands.
They wash their feet.”