Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Welcome to the beautiful season of Advent and the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year. The word Advent means “coming.” During Advent we recall the history of God's people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This is the time, just like during Lent, that we prepare for Jesus’ coming. It is my hope and prayer that this will be a time of reflective preparation for us all.
As we began Advent this past weekend, we lit one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world. It symbolizes our longing, our desire, and our hope. We want to be renewed in a sense that Jesus came to save us from our sin and death. We want to experience His coming to us now, in our everyday lives, to help us live with meaning and purpose. Furthermore, we want to prepare for His coming to meet us at the end of our lives on this earth.
The Scholastic Book Fair begins today. All week long, students, parents and friends can enjoy our Book Fair. The biggest day of the week is on Wednesday morning - “Dads and Donuts Day!” There are books for people of all ages and many make wonderful Christmas presents. Teachers will have their “wish lists” at the Book Fair, as well.
Our annual school Christmas program is on Thursday, December 19th at 6:00 pm in the church. You will want to mark your calendars for this beautiful celebration.
December 2-6: Scholastic Book Fair.
December 11: Staff Luncheon.
December 16: Jeans for Jesus.
December 19: Christmas Program at 6:00 pm in the Church.
December 20: Christmas Vacation Begins at Noon.
January 6: School Resumes.
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
A Prayer for Lighting Your Advent Wreath:
as light comes from this candle,
may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,
warming our hearts and
brightening our way.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of this world,
and to us, as we wait for His coming.
St. Raphael, Pray for Us!
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