[Provincial Annals cited with permission of the Archives of the Province of St. Louise]
We’ve experienced unusually cold, snowy weather of late. Passages from the Provincial Annals of 1841 record much the same. Here are the Sisters’ entries from Holy Week in April of that year:
“[April] 8th, Thursday in Holy Week. Rain since early dawn, has an appearance of clearing up, flying clouds! Fr. Xaupi officiated, 5 or 6 minutes sermon.
9, Good Friday. Windy & cloudy. Stations lasted from 2 to 3 1/2.
10. Holy Saturday. Weather pretty good till after dinner when snow again appeared, drove down the painters from the scaffold of steeple. The winter past & this spring of 1841 is without a parallel, I believe. Had grand High mass today.
April 11, 1841. Easter Sunday. Clear yet cold. All abroad is covered with the snow of yesterday. Rev. Mr. T. McCaffrey sung mass, no sermon. Snow melting.”
The Provincial Annals are a rich link to the past here in St. Joseph’s Valley. We at the Archives of the Province of St. Louise share this particular passage with you as we wish you and yours a blessed Holy Week and wonderful Easter. We will be closed tomorrow, Friday, March 29, to observe Good Friday with our families and friends. We will be back in full force on Monday, April 1, to continue to share the Daughters of Charity legacy with all of you. Sincerely, Dee Gallo, Provincial Archivist.