Counting One’s Blessings in Siouxland, Sioux City

20 Jul

Fr. Andy Galles of the Sioux City (Iowa) Diocese blesses cars and their owners attending the Church of the Nativity Car Show in a open lot next to the Mater Dei Parish Hall in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, June 23, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Every now and again everyone needs a reminder that all should be blessed and enjoy a day being thankful for such acts. And these occasions are best enjoyed by like-minded souls. Recently I attended a car blessing in Siouxland by a local Catholic church. A number of car enthusiasts braved the inclement weather and brought their prized possessions to the Church of the Nativity for a blessing. It might seem unusual to some but it is always good to be safe and count one’s blessings in all ways.

It rained off and on but that didn’t “dampen” people’s enthusiasm to share lunch and swap stories and brag a bit on their vehicles that many had painstakingly restored themselves. It seems there should be more such days when other concerns should take a backseat and people get to enjoy, even briefly, some contentedness, a little fellowship and know someone else is thinking about them.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A nice crowd was out despite the gloomy weather to see the blessing of cars attending the Church of the Nativity Car Show in a open lot next to the Mater Dei Parish Hall in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, June 23, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Despite the threat of rain, a number of people turned out for the blessing of the cars at the Church of the Nativity (Sioux City Diocese) Car Show situated in a open lot next to the Mater Dei Parish Hall in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, June 23, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

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