For God’s Sake, Play Bingo Games!
In God We Trust!
People play Bingo games for all sorts of reasons. The oldest reason, however, is the Church. In the early
1930s a priest from Pennsylvania approached Robert S Lowe, a toy salesman with a request: get people to
play Bingo games
to help raise funds for the church. The rest, as they
say, is history.
Ever since, Bingo has become the single largest source of fundraising for the church. As with any fundraising
event, churches advertise this event to keep people informed. Most churches have a fixed day of the week or
month for their fundraiser. The priest reminds mass congregations of the event a few days in advance, or the
clergy sends out flyers giving details of the date, venue and timing.
Those who come to play Bingo games, usually carry some food to donate. The local businesses contribute some
merchandise for the jackpots. Certain churches in Jacksonville are so famous for their great Bingo nights
that people from the neighboring towns come visiting to play free online bingo
Lots of people play Bingo games to keep in touch with friends and make new ones.
In 2001, a controversy erupted over whether it is right for the church to encourage its parishioners to play
games to raise money. As it is considered as a form of
gambling, the legitimacy of fundraisers was challenged by the Rev. John-Mary Tompkins during a Lenten homily
to about 1,500 Catholics
While the controversy continues to rage, people continue to play Bingo
and the church continues to raise money.