Saint Bede Event Connects Golf, Faith

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St. Bede pastor Monsignor Timothy Keeney, hit the links with foursome of parishioners to raise money and build friendships.
St. Bede pastor Monsignor Timothy Keeney, hit the links with foursome of parishioners to raise money and build friendships. (Submitted)

Saint Bede held its first annual Invitational Golf Tournament last month to raise money and build camaraderie in advance of the planned construction of the Christian Ministry and Administration building on the Ironbound campus.

The tournament was located at Williamsburg National Golf Club, and included 76 golfers from the church.

Ted Cummings, a parishioner of Saint Bede, was the one to originally propose the tournament to leaders within the church.

Cummings recognized several lessons learned from playing golf can also be applied to the subject of faith, such as the importance of patience and commitment.

He created a blog on which he shared “The Golf Spiritual Companion,” which was the basis for last month’s tournament. The guide included both a practical golf tip for each hole and a tip about the “golf-spiritual connection.”

“You need a long powerful drive down the middle to allow your group to have a reachable green in two shots. Even laying up your second shot to the left of the water hazard requires an accurate shot. This hole is not for the timid if you want get a par,” reads the golf tip for hole 4. In keeping with this theme, the golf-spiritual tip for the hole discusses the importance of courage among Christians.

Cummings is happy to share his guide, which can be found here, with any interested Christian organizations who might wish to use it.

Though the event did raise $2,951 that will go into the church’s special projects fun, the ultimate goal was to foster community and camaraderie among parishioners outside of a church setting.