Archdiocese of St. Johns selling double home lottery tickets

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's is now in the home lottery business.
A double home lottery, to be precise.
Archbishop Martin Currie announced an initiative Thursday to bring much needed funds to the archdiocese, which had a $1.3 million deficit in 2008.
It includes selling 30,000 tickets on two homes in St. John's, each furnished, landscaped and decorated and worth about $500,000. One home is located at 63 Julieann Place in the east-end of St. John's, while the second house is at 18 Russ Howard St. in Southlands.
The tickets are going for $100 each and Currie said he hopes to clear $1 million on the lottery, which should allow him to avoid cutting services performed by the archdiocese.

Geographic location: St. John's, Southlands

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  • Smart
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Blame Danny!

  • tometoe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    HB your heart is in the right place ! Do you people realize that for every servcice provided by the church comes with a healthy fee. To get married, to prepare for nmarriage (mandatory) to name a kid, to educated the kid in catholic doctrine .. to get buried all are money factored to the non taxed church. Cut services indeed ...dream up new ones more likely ...for a fee

  • mary
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    It is great for Eastern Health, it is great for the hearing impaired and why not the church?? If the revenue can't be gotten otherwise I think it is a wonderful idea. Archbishop Currie, you have always proven to be a very honourable man, your intentions are great. God Bless you and good luck with the home lottery.

  • Peter
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    Will this money be used to compensate victims of child sexual abuse by church clergy?

    Will this money be used to provide independent counseling to those adults who are the children the clergy sexually abused?

    Will the church use the money to do complete and thorough profiles of those becoming clergy to ensure that no additional pedophiles end up at the pulpit?

    Will the church use this money to promote the equality of women?

    Who is donating this money (houses) to the church? Who is getting paid to build houses for the lottery?

    Yes by all means compete against the needs of various organizations and societies who raise money to find a cure for disease or who raise money to help those addicted to drugs and alcohol, some of whom are the victims of sexual assault at the hands of clergy!!

  • patson
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    H B hit the nail on the head. Couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Problem with a lottery ?
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    If you are knocking the idea because you oppose lotteries , just pretend it's not taking place . br Archbishop Currie is just trying to keep his church solvent .For those who support lotteries , it has a double benefit , one for the winner and one for the church . br Great idea , Archbishop Currie .keep up your good work for the church .Anyon ewho knows you know your intentions are honourable .

  • Christine
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Where can I buy some?? I'll support anyone who ministers to the sick, the needy both physical and spiritual and comforts those who experiencing loss. There are teams needed to counsel these people. Many are volunteers but the need for gas, material and food adds up. Good luck with it!

  • Flea from CBS, NL
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Great idea but too bad the tickets cost so much $100. The poor left out again. More tickets with cheeper prices would reach more people who may really need a new home.

  • nlpatriot
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I can't believe the negativity towards the church in here. I thought Newfoundlanders were suppposed to be kind decent people . This is why society has turned into a selfish uncaring place to be. The church has helped more people than its hurt. There are bad apples in every barell of life and a lot of good ones too. Can't blame them for wanting to keep the churches going , one of the few good things left in the world.

  • Floss
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Responding to HB. Why to we need a church to get married. Won't a civil ceremony do. Why to we need to have children baptized? If you don't sprinkle water on the child's head, he is sent to hell for all eternity. Oh no. Sorry. It was Limbo in my day. If the church was offering a service, you should pay as you go. If the priests don't work, they don't get paid.

  • Doug
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    I think the priests are getting lonely.

  • JM
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Think of it as a church raffle for the 21st century. Bake sales just don't cut it in this day and age. Thank of it, how many pies, cakes and cookies would need to be sold to raise $1 million? It would be easier to have every man, woman and child in the province donate $2!

  • H
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I love all these people bashing the chuch...funny how these same people probably expect to get married in a churck or have a baby christened in a church...They don't realize that if they supported the church year-round, instead of relying on them for services when it's convenient for THEM, the church would probably not be in that situation!

  • Ruth
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I find it so sad that the Catholic Church and all the Churches are suffering financially. If everyone who intended to have a funeral, wedding or christening happen in thier family could donated a few dollars a month to the Church they intended to depend upon, all the Churches could relax and do the work God intended them to do instead of spending alot of time fund raising to try and save the churches that we all will need someday. You don't even have to go to Church to support it , you can be set up on automatic debit in most churches and get a nice tax receipt at the end of the year. Even ten dollars a month could save our churches.

  • grace
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    I THOUGHT THE CHURCH WAS GOING TO GET OUT OFF GAMBLING

  • NL_Expatriate@yahoo.ca
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Where and how do I buy a ticket?

  • j
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    the church cutting services..such as what?...fewer bingo games.

  • Irene
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Wow! Maybe the church should get rid of some of its million...billions in artwork and properties...and if its running a deficit, maybe thats because people are wising up to the misuse of their hard earned dollars by the church. Somehow I think congregation size is the major problem, and that will just continue as our young people grow up without fear of the church. We as parents, can teach love, generosity and respect without the interference of men/women who have no idea of how to raise a child.

  • william
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    how do Iget one

  • Smart
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Blame Danny!

  • tometoe
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    HB your heart is in the right place ! Do you people realize that for every servcice provided by the church comes with a healthy fee. To get married, to prepare for nmarriage (mandatory) to name a kid, to educated the kid in catholic doctrine .. to get buried all are money factored to the non taxed church. Cut services indeed ...dream up new ones more likely ...for a fee

  • mary
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    It is great for Eastern Health, it is great for the hearing impaired and why not the church?? If the revenue can't be gotten otherwise I think it is a wonderful idea. Archbishop Currie, you have always proven to be a very honourable man, your intentions are great. God Bless you and good luck with the home lottery.

  • Peter
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    Will this money be used to compensate victims of child sexual abuse by church clergy?

    Will this money be used to provide independent counseling to those adults who are the children the clergy sexually abused?

    Will the church use the money to do complete and thorough profiles of those becoming clergy to ensure that no additional pedophiles end up at the pulpit?

    Will the church use this money to promote the equality of women?

    Who is donating this money (houses) to the church? Who is getting paid to build houses for the lottery?

    Yes by all means compete against the needs of various organizations and societies who raise money to find a cure for disease or who raise money to help those addicted to drugs and alcohol, some of whom are the victims of sexual assault at the hands of clergy!!

  • patson
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    H B hit the nail on the head. Couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Problem with a lottery ?
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    If you are knocking the idea because you oppose lotteries , just pretend it's not taking place . br Archbishop Currie is just trying to keep his church solvent .For those who support lotteries , it has a double benefit , one for the winner and one for the church . br Great idea , Archbishop Currie .keep up your good work for the church .Anyon ewho knows you know your intentions are honourable .

  • Christine
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Where can I buy some?? I'll support anyone who ministers to the sick, the needy both physical and spiritual and comforts those who experiencing loss. There are teams needed to counsel these people. Many are volunteers but the need for gas, material and food adds up. Good luck with it!

  • Flea from CBS, NL
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Great idea but too bad the tickets cost so much $100. The poor left out again. More tickets with cheeper prices would reach more people who may really need a new home.

  • nlpatriot
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    I can't believe the negativity towards the church in here. I thought Newfoundlanders were suppposed to be kind decent people . This is why society has turned into a selfish uncaring place to be. The church has helped more people than its hurt. There are bad apples in every barell of life and a lot of good ones too. Can't blame them for wanting to keep the churches going , one of the few good things left in the world.

  • Floss
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Responding to HB. Why to we need a church to get married. Won't a civil ceremony do. Why to we need to have children baptized? If you don't sprinkle water on the child's head, he is sent to hell for all eternity. Oh no. Sorry. It was Limbo in my day. If the church was offering a service, you should pay as you go. If the priests don't work, they don't get paid.

  • Doug
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    I think the priests are getting lonely.

  • JM
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Think of it as a church raffle for the 21st century. Bake sales just don't cut it in this day and age. Thank of it, how many pies, cakes and cookies would need to be sold to raise $1 million? It would be easier to have every man, woman and child in the province donate $2!

  • H
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    I love all these people bashing the chuch...funny how these same people probably expect to get married in a churck or have a baby christened in a church...They don't realize that if they supported the church year-round, instead of relying on them for services when it's convenient for THEM, the church would probably not be in that situation!

  • Ruth
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    I find it so sad that the Catholic Church and all the Churches are suffering financially. If everyone who intended to have a funeral, wedding or christening happen in thier family could donated a few dollars a month to the Church they intended to depend upon, all the Churches could relax and do the work God intended them to do instead of spending alot of time fund raising to try and save the churches that we all will need someday. You don't even have to go to Church to support it , you can be set up on automatic debit in most churches and get a nice tax receipt at the end of the year. Even ten dollars a month could save our churches.

  • grace
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    I THOUGHT THE CHURCH WAS GOING TO GET OUT OFF GAMBLING

  • NL_Expatriate@yahoo.ca
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Where and how do I buy a ticket?

  • j
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    the church cutting services..such as what?...fewer bingo games.

  • Irene
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Wow! Maybe the church should get rid of some of its million...billions in artwork and properties...and if its running a deficit, maybe thats because people are wising up to the misuse of their hard earned dollars by the church. Somehow I think congregation size is the major problem, and that will just continue as our young people grow up without fear of the church. We as parents, can teach love, generosity and respect without the interference of men/women who have no idea of how to raise a child.

  • william
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    how do Iget one