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1921 - "St. Joseph's Grotto"

With grateful hearts we can look back on the past year. It was a year of great blessings for St. Mary's. It opened with 75 boarders and 274 day pupils and we can truly say that a good spirit and an admirable ambition is manifested by all.

On February 7, the inspector of schools visited all the classes and expressed himself as highly satisfied. On February 9, Ash Wednesday, we had the pleasure of welcoming Mother Leonarda who remained with us till the following Monday. A concert in her honor was given by the pupils of the Academy. During the year frequent opportunities were given the pupils to hear real artists in our own assembly and to cultivate a taste for the best in music. Through the kindness of the director, Arthur Siebertson of Chicago, we were able to engage these musicians at reasonable prices for the benefit of the school and the intense delight of the pupils.

The pupils annual retreat was given at the end of February by Reverend Father Whelan of Omaha. On March 17, feast of St. Patrick, the high school pupils gave a play, "The House of Sand," in the K. of C. and it won unanimous approval and praise. And in May the grades gave a program which was highly appreciated. A bazaar was held in April which realized $600.00, just the amount needed for repairing one of the boilers. On June 6, 25 boys and 21 girls received their First Holy Communion. Class Day exercises were held on June 14, and Commencement took place on June 15. Nine young ladies received teachers' certificates and most of them are now active as teachers.

During vacation Mother Mathilde and four of our Sisters attended Creighton University. At the close of Summer School, Sister Alacoque was changed to Alliance and Sr. Angelica came here from Buffalo to replace her in the First Year High. Sr. Louise was transferred to Sacred Heart, Columbus, as Sr. Sabina, novice from Stella, was sent to take up her work in the kitchen. Sr. Lucille went to Alliance and Miss Taylor replaced her in school.

The Sisters' annual retreat was given in August Father Kauffmann, S. J. of Omaha. The day before retreat opened Sr. Eugene, while cleaning windows, fell out, breaking her left arm and left hip. She was no longer able to do her work in the children's dining room, so Sr. Polycarp, from Havre, was sent to take charge of it. On August 3, the new St. Joseph's grotto was dedicated. The "beauti­ful marble statue is the gift of Mr. Kelly.

As the feast of St. Francis was to be celebrated this year in an extraordinary manner, we prepared for it by a triduum under the direction of Father Henry, S. J.

On October 22, after long anticipation and preparation, we were able to welcome our dear Mother Valeska into our midst. She was led first to the chapel where Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was given; then to the beautifully decorated refectory of the Sisters where she was greeted heartily in song and speech. The next day, she was greeted in much the same way by the pupils of the school in the assembly. The pupils gave her a purse of $65.00 as a token of gratitude and the Alumnae Association gave her a purse of $50.00. Only too swiftly did the happy days pass while she was with us, for on November 2, she left us much to our sor­row, for she had won all hearts.

On November 3, Mother Mathilde took Sr. Melanie to St. Vincent's Orphanage and since her return Mother has had charge of the class taught by Sr. Melanie. No substitute came for the latter.

Christmas holidays began on Dec. 23 and lasted until January 9. Most of the children were at home for the time. On the last day of the year we had exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and our monthly retreat, so that ample time and opportunity was offered us to render grateful praise and thanks to the good God for all His benefits of the departing year.

 

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