Over four years later and I still don’t know. I do know however that I am happy to be a Bloomington resident. I have much affection for Bloomington and I speak warmly of this, my home city, to all of my friends.
I think it’s great too that Nativity of Mary will be hosting Bloomington Heritage Days right here on our parish grounds again this year. Mark your calendar for September 16-17 for this all-city celebration of much food, entertainment, educational programs, community awareness, and lots of activities.
We at Nativity of Mary have been given a central role in shaping the heart and soul of our city – toward a spirit of welcome and neighborliness, good cheer, reaching out and coming together in hope, and letting the light of God show us the way.
The festival coordinators are promising even more activities and better entertainment this year. I also was delighted to learn that they have re-routed the parade. The parade will begin by the Gene C. Kelly playfields at 3rd Ave S, travel west on 102nd Street, and then turn north onto Lyndale Ave. That means that the parade will conclude right here at Nativity of Mary.
Throughout the weekend 18,000 to 20,000 people will be coming our way! It’s safe to say that the crowd last year was the largest crowd we ever have had on our parish grounds – and this year expect it to be bigger.
We again will be hosting a bingo tent, a parish/school tent, face painting, pull tabs, and more. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up on our parish website.
And! We get to run the raffle! All proceeds from raffle ticket sales stay right here to support our Nativity of Mary ministries. I don’t need to mention what an opportunity this is and what a boon to our parish it could be if we could sell a lot of raffle tickets to your friends and family and to the many, many people who will be here for the weekend.
Last year’s festival was such great fun. Things went smoothly and it was a great success – and it was just a beginning. May the festival grow to benefit our Nativity of Mary family for years to come – but mostly may it bring great blessings to the neighbors around us. May the strangers who visit our parish be strangers to us no longer.