That’s probably what I will say, unless I can come up with something more original. I am being given the honor of standing on stage and drawing the winning tickets for the Bloomington Heritage Days raffle next weekend.
You need not be present to win, but wouldn’t it be more fun if you were when you did? Sure, it’s a lovely thought that you might be able to win $2000 while you are at home sleeping in your bed, but you’d miss out on a lot of hoots and hugs and handshakes – and maybe even somebody pouring Gatorade over your head.
It will be fun. And it’s a great honor that, of all of the notable attractions and popular sites to visit in Bloomington, the parish grounds of Nativity of Mary have been chosen again as the site for this all-city, two-day Bloomington Heritage Days festival on September 16-17. So we welcome all of our neighbors (Bloomington population 86,000-plus!) and if they are strangers we pray that they will be strangers no more.
We still are looking for volunteers to help with among other things raffle ticket sales, bingo tent, face painting, security, parish/school information table, and the bake sale tent. You can sign up to help at the parish office or electronically on our parish website.
Also, please be advised, if you are planning to come to the 4:00 pm Mass on Saturday, September 17, that parking will be limited to the north lot only. Come early or, better yet, park at Kennedy High School or Normandale College. Free shuttles from those locations will be available throughout the festival on both Friday and Saturday.
The parade begins at 10:30 on Saturday morning and will conclude just beyond our parish grounds. Throughout the two days there will be live music and entertainment, a great variety of food, contests, a petting zoo, trampolines and inflatables, demonstrations and activities sponsored by dozens of Bloomington civic organizations and businesses, and a lot more.
It is indeed the moment I have been waiting for. Thank you, Nativity of Mary, for being such gracious and cheerful hosts.