Eucharistic Celebration at St. Thomas is on Saturday, December 23 at 5 pm. Weekday masses are at 9 am. On Tuesday mass was for LAOH Members, on Thursday mass is for Father Peter Njoka. Private Penance is Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 pm at St. Scholastica.

Services for Mildred Doherty Genelin were at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Le Center on Tuesday, December 19, and she was laid to rest at Calvery Cemetery, Le Center. Mildred is daughter of Matt and Nellie Koller Doherty and sister of George Doherty. She grew to adulthood on the Doherty farm and married Fritz Genelin. Fritz and Mildred made their home across from the Tim and Rosemary Burns farm on County Road 28 about 5 miles west of St. Thomas. Fritz and Mildred have two children, Marianne and Mike. They left their St. Thomas farm in the late 1960’s. Our sympathies to Marian and Mike.

Congratulations to Cassie Simon, who graduated Magnum Cum laude with a degree in Mass Communication and Psychology from Winona State University on Friday evening. Cassie was awarded Outstanding Student in Mass Communication. She is the daughter of Arnie and Maureen “Punky” Simon, and along with her parents, her brother Dustin, her grandmothers, Iris Sullivan and Marian Simon, and her aunt Shannon Ault all enjoyed the festivities in Winona. Cassie is a 2002 graduate from New Prague.

It’s called the “Novo” virus and it’s spreading thru the area this holiday season. It has flu-like symptoms, vomiting “plus” with a headache and a high temp. The flu shot doesn’t stop this and it is very contagious.

Coyotes continue to be seen in the area. Take special care of small outdoor pets. A rather vicious raccoon attacked a skid loader last week, two miles west of Union Hill.

Monday morning Carolyn and Britney Burns went to the hospital in Bemidji, where Brittney had laser surgery on a rotator cup, which was needed after an injury she received in sports. Brittney is in her junior year at the Minnesota State University in Bemidji. We wish her well.

Wyatt John, son of Bill and Sue Rutt of Montgomery was baptized at Holy Redeemer in Montgomery by Father Cory Rolfing on December 3rd. Dave and Sue Prchal are Wyatt’s baptismal sponsors and his grandparents are Jerry and Marilyn Prchal and Gary and Shirley Rutt.

Gary and Shirley Rutt thoroughly enjoyed the sixth grade Winter Band Concert, Tuesday evening. “Those kids are so talented” Shirley said and Gary said “It was just great!” Their granddaughter Annie Medina, John and Michele’s, plays the flute in the sixth grade band at the New Prague Middle school.

John and Diane Tye entertained in the Christmas spirit at their home on Saturday evening, with guests; T.C and Kathy Connelly, Chris and Angie Heikkla, and Jim and Corrine Connelly.

Jim and Corrine Connelly entertained on Sunday, Bob, Kelly and Jonathan Connelly, Joe Connelly and Bethany Thomas, Allie Connelly and Travis Simon and Lainey, C.J. and Breckyn, and Annie Connelly. All enjoyed the Christmas gathering.

Rosemary Burns, also, entertained her family on Sunday. The Dan and Carolyn McQueen family with Hannah and Rebeckah were down from Pequot Lake and the Steve and Jeanne Swartz family with Bonnie, Lauren and Kelly were up from New Hampton, Iowa and weekend guests at Rosemary’s. The rest showed up on Sunday, the Olson, Feeney, May families and the Ron, Tim, Pat and Dan Burns families. Joe May, serving as a Naval hospital man for the U. S. Navy in Virginia, Nathan Olson lives in Mesa, Arizona , and Marnie Burns is in the middle of exams at the University in Duluth, didn’t make it home for Christmas at Grandma’s this year and they were missed.

From the archives: “Gary Boisen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donovan Boisen of Le Sueur was one of three men to enlist in the U. S. Army recently.” LSH - Nov 1961

From the archives: “Much excitement prevailed in the Le Sueur County when it was reported that well-drillers putting down a well at the M. L. Kehoe farm between Le Center and St. Thomas struck a flowing gas well at a depth of 260 feet. The gas ignited when one man went to light his pipe, and continued to burn for several days. Experts pronounced it a regular natural gas well.” BPH - Dec 6, 1916 … And on Dec 13 that same year: “The discovery of natural gas on the M. L. Kehoe farm in Le Sueur County continues to be the main subject of interest.” This is Suzanne Timbo’s great uncle Mike Kehoe. When asked if she ever heard who the guy was that lit the pipe, Suzanne laughed “Probably Uncle Mike.”

Happy Birthday, Mike! Mike O’Connell was 41 on the 16th of Dec.

I’m dre-e-e-amin’ of a “nice” Christmas …forget the “white”, folks. It ain’t gonna happen! Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to all this holiday season.