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1904 - "Year of great blessings."

With deepest gratitude to God we closed the year of 1904.  It had been a year of great blessings, both spirit­ual and temporal.  The school year closed with graduation of seven young ladies from the Academy.  The graduation exercises won universal praise.

About 50 children, thoroughly prepared, received their First Holy Communion on Ascension Day.  The number of pu­pils enrolled amounted to 280 with additional boarders.

On the feast of the Assumption, one of our boarders, Kiss Erla Simmons, eighteen years of age, was baptized sol­emnly in the parish church and this in spite of all the protests of her Protestant mother.

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception at the cele­bration of the Golden Jubilee, (50 years since the proclamation of the Dogma) she received her First Holy Communion and was exceedingly happy.  This fiftieth anniversary was celebrated solemnly both in the parish church and in the convent.  The statue of Our Blessed Lady in the convent was crowned with a golden crown, the gift of a kind benefactor, Mr. Sweeney, the father of Sisters Columbia and Winifred. In the evening, an appropriate program of songs and decla­mations was carried out.  A most impressive retreat was given to the Sisters during vacation by Reverend Father Eberschweiler, S. J.  During Holy Week a retreat of three days was given by Reverend Wm. J. Robinson, S. J. to the pupils the 8th grade.  This retreat was a very successful one. On Holy Thursday, 175 pupils received Holy Communion in a body in the convent chapel and all were very satisfied and happy.

On August 17, Miss Mary Cassidy, the sister and housekeeper of Reverend Father Cassidy, passed to her eternal reward after long years of suffering.  R. I. P.

Sr. Alexia was called to Buffalo to take Regents' examinations and was replaced by Sr. Winifred.