Bloomington Heritage Days is an annual city-wide celebration to take place this year on September 18-19. Its goal is to build up civic pride, foster a spirit of community and volunteerism, celebrate Bloomington history, support community schools and organizations, and to share generously the blessings of overall good neighborliness.
In past years the festival has been held in the parking lots at the corner block of 98th St. and Lyndale Ave – near Applebee’s and US Bank. This year, and perhaps for many years to come, the whole grand celebration settles into a new home here at Nativity of Mary.
Our Twittering Pope Francis once tweeted, “Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world!” It would seem that a new way to spread the joy and hospitality of God here at our Nativity of Mary parish has just found us!
Coordinators of Bloomington Heritage Days tell us we can expect 18,000 to 20,000 people to visit our parish campus throughout the weekend! What an ideal opportunity for us to welcome new people to Nativity of Mary and to shine a spotlight on all of the good things that God does through our parish, ministries, and school.
Some of the Heritage Days activities for the weekend include a parade, live music, contests, demonstrations, all kinds of food and beverages, and a wide variety of community-building events. Of course, Nativity of Mary is being granted a big share in the action. We will be selling raffle tickets throughout the weekend and hosting bingo, face-painting, and other activities to raise funds for the parish and school.
In addition, our school will have a float in the parade and we plan to conduct tours of our parish and school throughout the weekend for anyone who would like to know more about what makes us such a joyful and truly loving bunch of spirited Catholics.
Pope Francis also once said, “The Lord is knocking at the door of our hearts. Have we put a sign on the door saying: 'Do not disturb'?”
Not us, Lord. Thank you for calling us to serve in this way. Help us to open wide the doors. Let us be your light to Bloomington and beyond. Shine on, Nativity.