March 17, 2009

What a busy week this past one has been.

First, CONGRATULATIONS to the Flyer Boys Hockey Team…now third in the State. And what an exciting finish in Saturday’s win in the last 22 seconds of the game. We are proud of you and your accomplishments…a 30 game winning season and only one loss.

We had two Sisters die on Friday the 13th. I cannot remember that ever happening before. Sister Judith Steinke died minutes after midnight to begin the day and Sister Virginia Dingmann died an hour and a half before the day ended. Both Sisters have been quite ill and Sisters have been sitting with them day and night for a day or two before their deaths. May they now be enjoying life with the Lord in heaven.

Saturday evening St. Francis Music Center sponsored a vocal recital by Danna Pantzke in Sacred Heart Chapel. Danna is currently finishing her Master of Music degree at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Danna was born and raised in Little Falls. She was a voice and piano instructor at St. Francis Music Center, the place where her musical studies began at the age of five. It was a wonderful concert and a great way to end a week. I was pleased to see such a large audience in attendance.

The daffodils came last week. There are vases of the bright yellow flowers in many, many places at the convent and in homes. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. What a bright and cheery way to sponsor cancer research.

Sunday was the 11th Annual Share Sunday talent show in memory of George Bzdok at Our Lady of Lourdes Middle School. There were four categories: ages 11 and younger, ages 12 – 15, ages 15 – 18 and adult. Each group entertained us with great performances. I especially enjoyed the Sobania Family string ensemble, Tanner Gustafson’s drum solo, Eddie Bzdok’s vocal solo and Ullysse Robbins violin solo. All proceeds go to the Morrison County Food Shelf and Oasis Share-A-Meal. Thank you for a fine afternoon of good entertainment.

In Peter Graham’s article in the Morrison County Record, I learned that this is National Groundwater Awareness Week. A couple interesting facts: I learned that 50% of United States population depends on it for their water supply. Ground water makes up more than 90% of the available fresh water in America. We need to protect and care for our ground water supply.

Work continues in the kitchen. Today the big air vents arrived. Work on the floors continues as does work on the wall tile. It is exciting to look in when they open the door for us to look in—usually on Thursdays.

What a change in the weather in a week. Last Tuesday we had a blizzard with 6 inches of new snow, closing all the schools in the area. Last Wednesday the temperature was minus 8 with a wind chill of minus 33 degrees. And today it was clear, sunny and near 60 degrees. I like it. The snow is disappearing fast. We have a big area of our lawn now visible for the first time since November. I’m waiting to see my first dandelion.

Pax et Bonum (Peace and all good.)
Sister Mary Lou

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