By: Brian Maddox | Special to the Leeds Tribune
Hosting bingo at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Leeds has been a win-win for the Knights of Columbus, for the church and for the community.
The Knights of Columbus Council #5597 recently started bingo matches at the church at 8101 3rdAve. in downtown Leeds on the first and third Fridays of the month, and it’s been a big hit.
Attendance has been solid and has attracted folks from Leeds and outside Leeds, which has helped build community, said Grand Knight John Barnard.
Barton and the Knights feel that attracting a fairly diverse group of attendees is a major plus.
“We have a few guys that attend from the VA home in Pell City, as well as others from Trussville and surrounding areas being regularly represented,” Barton said. “People of all religions are having an opportunity to experience an inexpensive evening out playing some bingo and socializing.”
Profits from the games go toward maintenance of the church.
But the Knights of Columbus are known for many charitable efforts, including fellowship activities and raising funds that benefit local schools and pro-life organizations.
Founded in 1882 on the principles of charity, unity and fraternity by Father Michael J. McGivney, the Knights of Columbus is a fraternal group of Catholic men. The organization has about 1.9 million members worldwide who are dedicated to service to the church, community, youth and vocations.
Barnard said serving his community with love and support is a privilege.
“I really enjoy the fellowship while working with our council supporting the various charitable functions that we are involved with,” Barnard said.
Recently, the Leeds Knights held an annual drive for People with Intellectual Disabilities, also known as the Tootsie Roll Drive, which raised $3,000 for three local teachers who specialize in guiding children with special needs.
“Being a part of this particular group of guys has been an absolute blessing for myself and my family,” said First Degree Knight Paul M. Mitchell Jr. “It’s great being able to feel like you’re an integral part of church and community with being a member of our brotherhood. We love our city and it gives us a tremendous sense of pride as Catholics and as Christians in our community.”
For more information regarding membership, upcoming bingo games and other events, visit the events calendar atsttheresaleeds.org, or contact John Barnard at Barnardjr2@gmail.com.
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