CCD Christmas treats delivered
Grades 6-12 of St. Liborius CCD students delivered 30 plates of Christmas treats to couples and individuals who live in all directions from Polo. Some of their stops included singing Christmas carols for the recipient while others were just to take time to visit briefly after sharing their enthusiastic Christmas greeting to whomever answered the door bell. The students make and fix the plates to be delivered on the 100-mile radius trek of spreading Christmas cheer. Students involved included: Jake, John, Denae Ellen and Grace Schlechter; Natalee and Nathan Kolda; Kyle Hall; Kassie Schaefers; Cody and Bailey Maritnmaas; and Macy Labor, who were passengers with their teachers, Joe, Chris and JoAnn Schaefers.
Polo K-5 CCD student Christmas play
The grades students’ Christmas program was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15 but was postponed when weather that Saturday night was not good for anyone to be out and about. Mark your calendars for December 29 after the 7:30 p.m. Mass, when the Polo grade CCD students will present “The Children’s Christmas Story.”
About 50 people did make the trip to Polo for the 7:30 p.m. Mass at St. Liborius and the lunch after Mass.
Slip, sliding around reports were plentiful Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 15-16) if one ventured out. When the 8-10 inches of snow that covered the ground received a quarter-inch of rain, the end result is a glistening and beautiful vision but also a very treacherous experience for anyone who has to be out in it. Even the big farm equipment found its way into ditches or places where the drivers were not intending to go. Needless to say, walking and driving were done with great caution and relief when one’s destination was reached safely.
Monday the ice layer persisted on many places and the weather added to making it icy where it had been thawed or traveled off. Gravel roads and black top alike were on the list for slow and careful handling of the steering wheel.
The KCs met in Mary’s Room on Thursday, Dec. 6. Discussions included their traditional St. Nick project of giving suckers to the children on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Orient and Polo. Their annual Tootsie Roll Drive in Orient and Polo was successful to share proceeds with the mentally handicapped. Plans are to have the rifle drawing in January. Tony Coyle served lunch.
Catholic Daughter meeting
The CDA meeting was held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 in Mary’s Room. Reports were given about the overwhelming successful bake sale in Miller December 5. The Thank You ad has been placed in the paper. The annual Christmas mailing has been made to 70+ former priests and Sisters who served in Polo, to seminarians and former parishioners who are members of Court Our Lady of Fatima, to elderly and adoptees. A Christmas gift was to be delivered to Harley Anglin, our Miller nursing home adoptee. Donations were made to adopted seminarian, Timothy Smith. Additional charitable donations will be sent in January along with electing delegates to the State Convention in Brookings, April 19-21. Court project reports need to be mailed by March 1 and two rooms have been reserved.
Altar Society meeting
The Altar Society met Thursday evening, Dec. 13 in the Polo Gym classroom where the Stitcher’s Group has been working. The December meeting was held in place of the normal January meeting. Further discussion and updates were given from Bazaar Reports and the bill was paid for the Little Blue Advent Books received by all families. Upcoming topics and events discussed included the First Communion, Baccalaureate and the Easter bake sale to be held in Miller. A soup supper will be held at date to be determined in January or February. New roll lists were prepared and will be in the back of church to be picked up by all members of the eight teams who serve lunch after the Saturday night Masses in Polo weekly.
LeRoy and Donna Schaefers were in Yankton on Saturday, Dec. 15, for the graduation of son-in-law Tom Schuster from Mount Marty College as a nurse anesthetist. They were overnight guests of Tom and Sarah, TC and Tori of Harrisburg.
Vic and Marion Martinmaas and Jack Schaefers visited last week with Kay Martinmaas at the Good Samaritan Society-Miller.
Fred and Cheryl Schaefers went to Kranzburg Sunday, Dec. 16 to attend the Christmas program at Holy Rosary Catholic School, in which their grandson had the part of Joseph. Afterwards they visited with Sam and Kelli Schaefers, Olivia and Noah and with Kevin and Josie Reis, Kade, Kolby, Zach and Spencer.
The Schaefers also enjoyed their surprise visit with Sister Gertrude Rolfes, OSB, who was a teacher in Polo for six years. She sent her warm greetings back to all the many families and students she remembers from the St. Liborius Parish family.
Grandma Helen Peterson has special visitors on Sunday afternoon when her grandchildren, Lacey, Kalley, Bailey and Grady Peterson from Fruitdale, near Belle Fourche, came to visit her. They are children of Helen’s son, Jim Peterson.
As the days count down to Christmas, be assured your correspondent is wishing all the best to you and yours for a blessed Christmas season and the New Year, 2013.
AND she has her traditional plea to call her, versus her calling you, with your Christmas news. There are so many people who await the update on their families and friends in our Orient and Polo communities so I hope to continue my 40-year goal of providing for their reading enjoyment. Thank you sincerely for, however and whenever, you can get it to me before the Thursday, Jan. 3 deadline.