This is our first year hosting this Bloomington city-wide event. We have been praying that all will go well and that together we can highlight and magnify all of the good that Bloomington has to offer.
When the Heritage Days committee first approached us and offered to bring the celebration to our Nativity of Mary parish grounds we began to ask ourselves, “What can we do to contribute to the festivities?” After very little discussion it was unanimously agreed upon that we should coordinate the bingo tent. Why? Because, well, we’re Catholic.
So stop by the bingo booth. It is a grave sin for Catholic bingo players to try to hex or call down curses upon the other players, so you are guaranteed of a good, clean game. Since we do have the home-field advantage we do reserve the right, however, to call special games in which we will use only Roman numerals.
We also have volunteered to conduct the raffle. The first prize is $5000. I personally will be drawing the winning tickets on Saturday evening. After the cash prizes have all been awarded, if all is going well, I might just keep drawing names. Why not? We can just make up prizes as we go. Like, for one lucky winner, one of our Boy Scouts will help your favorite old lady across the street. Or you could win a free pass to jump to the front of the line at Confession. We’ll have lots of good prizes – because everyone is a winner at Nativity of Mary. So buy lots of chances.
The Heritage Days committee also asked if we would help with security and crowd control. We are very happy to help with that. The Visigoths sacked Rome in 410 AD and we have learned some very important lessons never to let that happen again. Members of our Men’s Group are prepared, if necessary, to stand on the roof of our school with boiling cauldrons of hot oil (left over from their Lent fish-fry) to ward off whoever might come to plunder and pillage the festival. Now, doesn’t that make you feel safe?
Among everything else, there will be all sorts of Heritage Days booths, food, music, and activities. Just by walking around you can get a lot of exercise – and if you need something exorcised, we maybe can help with that too.
So welcome and thank you to all of our Bloomington neighbors and friends. Your presence among us blesses us more than you know. May we all grow strong together in God’s care.