I’m guessing that it has been determined by some powers more in tune with the universe than I that humans have a very limited capacity for useful activity.
I understand that fund raising in the church is an essential and noble endeavor. All churches must place this activity high on their priorities list. Since most members do not take the tithe literally (10% of our increase) or faithfully (every Sunday) , raising cash by other means is a must.
Is there is a gift of “fund raising creativity?” I think so. It is evident in every church/parish as evidenced by the wide variety of incentives to empty our wallets and have fun doing it. However, I think we are totally devoid of the gift of discernment. We have great difficulty with practicing or promoting this:
“Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”
What activity does the average Joe associate with Catholic fundraising? BINGO! There is nothing wrong with Bingo. It is a game. A pastime. It is also an addiction for many. Ah, thank God for addictions.
But wait! Now there is Poker. One of the most notorious forms of addictive gambling that does not necessarily carry with it a reputation for sterling morality. Here is a prominently displayed ad that regularly appears on the website and church bulletin of a local church:
Aug 4-20, 2012
Join the fun: August 4th & 18th. This event starts at 7 PM in the Parish Hall get there early! St. Paul the First Hermit Knights of Columbus Council #14222 hosts Texas Hold ‘Em events to raise funds to support their many charities.
I guess it is true that desperate times call for desperate measures.
In the spirit of fund raising creativity I have one that I will not be surprised to see one day:
Bid on a night with a hooker.
Join the fun in this creative silent auction on the third Wednesday of each month. A wide selection of night fishing gear available. All proceeds go to St. Boris Parrish.