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, when 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 sins 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.
Next Tuesday, December 8th, is a Holy Day of Obligation. Please join our school community in celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 10:00 am. We look forward to this special day.
Our annual school Christmas program is on Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 pm in the church. You will want to mark your calendars for this beautiful celebration. The title of the show is “Shepherds, Sheep and a Savior.”
The Scholastic Book Fair begins next week. All week long, students, parents and friends can enjoy our Book Fair. The biggest day of the week is on Thursday, December 10th in the morning - “Dads and Donuts Day!” There are books for people of all ages, and many books make wonderful Christmas presents. Teachers will also have their “wish lists” at the Book Fair.
In case you missed this in last week’s newsletter, you might be interested in receiving daily emails from our new Bishop. You can sign up for free at http://www.adventreflections.com. Join Bishop Robert Barron and thousands of others in this beautiful time of waiting and anticipation for the birth of Jesus!
December 7-11: Scholastic Book Fair on Campus
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception. School Mass at 10:00
December 9: Staff Luncheon
December 10: School Celebrates Las Posadas at 1:00
December 14: Jeans for Jesus
December 17: Christmas Program at 6:00 pm
December 18: Noon Dismissal for Christmas Vacation
January 4: 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.
Prayer from: http://www.cptryon.org/prayer/child/adv.html
St. Raphael, Pray for Us!
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