At the end of the show there will be a presentation of trophies. Every year I select a car that is awarded the “Father’s Choice” trophy. I confess that I do not know much about cars, nor could I ever consider myself a great car enthusiast. So people might wonder what criteria I have in mind as I make my selection.
Obviously, any car with a rosary dangling from the windshield, a St. Christopher clip on the visor, or a “Baby on Board” sticker will be given special consideration. Anybody who drives a Popemobile into the show has the trophy pretty much locked up.
Beyond that, I drove an AMC Pacer in high school. So that might score nostalgia points with me – or it might have the opposite effect as I am still scarred from the embarrassment.
A really, really old car would be cool too. Really old – like a Flintstones car without all of the modern amenities such as a motor, windows, or a floor. I always admired the way Fred would pray for a safe trip before he drove off in his car – “Yabba, dabba, doo.” “Y’abba,” I believe, is the caveman form of “Yahweh, abba” or “Lord, Father.”
Be reminded too that Nativity of Mary is hosting the Bloomington Heritage Days festival this year too from September 18-19. I’m praying that we can pour a lot of love and effort into those two days. The Heritage Days committee will be bringing lots of music, food, booths, activities, and up to 20,000 visitors to our parish that weekend. We will be staffing a bingo tent, face-painting, school tours, an alumni tent, a float in the parade, and I hope we can come up with some very creative ideas to sell a lot of raffle tickets to the festival goers that weekend.
Good things happen when Nativity of Mary rallies together. We commend the days ahead to God trusting that He will bring glory from our offerings of love.