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1932 - "The Leprechaun"

The happy greetings for a New Year of blessing had scarcely died away when our boarders returned from the holidays. Classes were resumed on January 4. The students' retreat, conducted by Reverend Father Mullaney, S. J., opened on January 20. Father seemed to have the happy faculty of winning all hearts, and leading the children with a smile to Christ.

On January 28, the Alumnae Association held a card party in the Gymnasium for the benefit of the school. Though the evening brought one of the worst blizzards of the season, a large crowd was in attendance and $40.00 was cleared, and presented to Mother Jerome.

During the month of February, the annual spelling contest was held. Five places of honor were won by the pupils of the high school and the grades. One of the eighth grade boys was champion from Holt County in the World Herald Contest. In a basketball tournament held at Pierce, Nebraska, the boys not only met with success in their games, but brought much favorable comment on themselves and the school by the edification, the attendance of the team at Mass and Holy Communion gave to the parishioners of the town. The first week of March is known in Sodality activity as vocation week. Reverend Father Leahy gave a wonderful talk on vocations to the assembled high school. The feast of St. Patrick, patron of the parish, was celebrated by a Solemn High Mass with a sermon on the life of the Saint. In the evening the children presented a program at the knights of Columbus Hall—'"An Irish Memory” and the “Leprechaun.”

On the 21st of April, our Right Reverend Bishop Rummell honored us with a visit. The beautiful month of Our Lady opened with a May procession. It was an unusually busy month, since during its course, a pageant “In the Hearts of His Countrymen,” to honor the bicentennial of George Washington, was to be presented four different times as follows: On Ascension Day for the general public, on May 6 for the rural school children and their teachers, again for the eighth grade graduates of Holt county, and, at the request of Mayor Stout for the American Legion on memorial Day, May 30. Much work and practice were required, but the financial results were very gratifying. "

From the 22-24, Forty Hours Devotion and Mission combined were held in church—a grand success spiritually. First Holy Communion of 24 little ones was solemnized on the morning of the 29. In the evening the Alumnae held their annual reunion with a very large number present. A school picnic was held in Keyes’ Grove on the 31.

The first days of June brought with them the close of the novena in preparation for the Feast of the Sacred Heart. It was our privilege to have exposition of the Blessed Sacrament all day during which the solemn act of Consecration ascended each half hour to the throne of the King of Kings, as each succeeding class replaced the other before the Blessed Sacrament. Class day exercises for the seniors was hold on the evening of June 6, and the following morning commencement exercises, at which our Right Reverend Bishop Rummell presided, were held in St. Patrick’s church.

Owing to the fact, that Sr. Dolores Disch was to be one of the faculty at the new Normal School in Buffalo, her Silver Jubilee and that of Sr. Honor in 0’Grady was transferred from July 7 to June 14. Right Reverend Msgr. Cassidy and the Sisters did all in their power to make the celebration as solemn as possible. Shortly after the Sisters’ retreat, Sr. Winifred Sweeney left for a rest at the little Flower's Shrine in Columbus.  Sr. Alexia McGovern went to the missions and Sr. Albertine Page and Sr. Ascensia Popp went to St. Joseph ‘s Hospital in Alliance for medical treatment. Sr. Maxine von Brixen was transferred to New Lexington, Ohio. Sr. Magdala Lampe came to take her place in the studio. The month of July was uneventful.

On August 18, Mother Jerome Hoefling was transferred to St. Joseph's Convent Los Angeles. Mother Claver Schwartz succeeded her at St. Mary’s. The enrollment on September 6, the first day of school, was 225. The number of boarders, owing to the several years of poor crops, combined with low prices of produce, was not as large as in former years. Compared with surrounding boarding schools, however, St. Mary’s was specially favored in registering 45. On September 9, the Sisters celebrated the n name day of Mother Claver in a simple, Franciscan style.

October was a month of many spiritual graces, rosary and Benediction each evening , solemn novena in preparation for the feast of Christ the King, and a program on the feast, followed by the solemn renewal of the Act of Enthronement for the entire school.

On the feast of St. Cecilia a musical program to honor St. Cecilia, and a short playlet and tableau in honor of the Presentation of Our Lady furnished a very edifying evening for Sisters and pupils. On the feast of the Immaculate Conception 31 candidates were received into the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After a pretty little Christmas play on the evening of December 20, our pupils were in the right spirit for the holidays which will continue until January 3. In the meantime we raise our hearts and minds to God in a long Te Deum for the manifold graces bestowed on during the year 1932.  Deo Gratias.

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