My boys (ages 4, 7 and 9) wanted to decorate their bikes for this summer’s block party parade as the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria and sail them down Columbia Drive.

My boys (ages 4, 7 and 9) wanted to decorate their bikes for this summer’s block party parade as the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria and sail them down Columbia Drive. But the vision I had of hours of toil with duct tape, cardboard, clothesline, paint, and frustration sunk that idea. Christopher Columbus was a giant man in our history. Pope Leo XIII asked in 1892 that Spain, Italy, and the Americas (and in any other nation that should choose to join in the celebration) say special Solemn Masses of the Most Holy Trinity in honor of Christopher Columbus. Columbus Day is the the second Monday in October, which this year is October 13.