Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Today we have our Jeans for Jesus Day and the proceeds will go to purchase water filters for Father Remmy to take back to Uganda, Africa. The remaining funds will be sent with Father Remmy to purchase items for the children in his village. Many of these children do not even have shoes. We thank you for your generosity.
This Wednesday, October 22nd, is our Grandparents Mass. Please invite grandparents or honorary grandparents for this special occasion. Mass will be at 10:00 am followed by a brief classroom visit and then lunch. This is such a wonderful day for our school community as our students spend some quality time with their grandma and/or grandpa!
Next Wednesday, we will have our Día de los Muertos altar on campus again in celebration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. You can bring in pictures of your deceased loved ones to place on the altar to honor and remember them. The altar will be blessed the following week and will remain in the quad for a few weeks for all of us to enjoy. If you would like the picture of your loved one returned, please write your family name on the back so you will receive it when the altar is removed.
Día de los Muertos altars are one of the most important elements of the yearly celebration. The altar is a fascinating mixture of symbolism that comes from both native traditions and Catholic beliefs brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. The 'ofrenda' or offering is any item placed on the altar which represents a gift to the deceased: be it their favorite food, a particular smell or a piece of candy, ofrendas are our way of showing our love towards deceased relatives. The altar is a complex creation with incredible symbolism as each element carries a specific meaning. We look forward to having such a beautiful symbol on our campus to honor our loved ones that have gone before us.
October 20: Jeans for Jesus
October 22: Grandparents Day with Mass at 10:00 am
October 28: Pep Rally at 1:10 pm
October 31: Halloween parade at 12:45 with the Fall Festival to follow
November 1: All Saints’ Day
November 2: Daylight Savings Time ends
November 11: No school in honor of Veterans Day
November 12: Picture Retake Day
November 13: School Mass at 10:00 am
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
The Fourth Joyful Mystery – The Presentation Spiritual Fruit: Purity of Mind and Body
In observance of the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary take the child Jesus to be presented in the temple to God. Although not subject to this law, Jesus submits in obedience, and in like manner, Mary, not subject to the law of purification, humbly submits herself to it. It is at this time also, that the old man Simeon beholds the Son of Man. Simeon immediately recognizes the child as the King and Savior foretold, and declares the fate of Jesus as a sign that will be contradicted. This mystery teaches us the importance of purity in thought and deed. It is in humility that we are able to see our weaknesses and failings, while we recognize our constant need of God’s mercy and grace.
St. Raphael, Pray for Us!
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