The choir walked out of church; the priest was re-assigned, and the Bishop ordered an audit !
What had happened in the tiny fishing village of Bay de Verde, NL ?
The church’s bank account was almost empty, and with the Bishop’ s approval , the church organized a Los Vegas style gambling event called “Chase the Ace”.
Other churches on the island had raised funds this way; Newfoundlanders are notorious gamblers !
The event continued on a weekly basis for about one year, and the jackpot won was $733,000.
Now, after the windfall, problems arose, as church members quarelled about how the money should be spent ! Suspicions grew about the finance committee, and his Excellency ordered the election of a new committee handling the church’s money.
Several months after the gambling started, the town’s major employer, Quinlan Brothers, a fish processing plant , suffered a tragic fire, and hundreds of workers were left without work.
Were the fire, and the Los Vegas gambling in the Church in any way connected? Only God knows.
Bay de Verde, NL , now has many photos available on the internet, but for all the wrong reasons.
Let us pray for all the members of the Body of Christ, including those who are currently facing a clergy abuse crisis, and who consider gambling as a suitable form of entertainment for Christians.