Spiritual Life

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Our Catholic faith is the center of our teaching at St. Raphael School.  Catholic Christian values are integrated into every area of our curriculum. 
Some ways our faith is manifested include:

  • A strong Catholic environment with Crosses, Statues of Mary, a prayer table, and a bulletin board devoted to religion in every room.
  • Daily religion class
  • Daily prayer in every class
  • Students attend daily Mass once each week and whole school Masses several times each year
  • Morning assembly with the Pledge to the Cross, Pledge of Allegiance and a patriotic song
  • Sacramental preparation
  • Every class learns a weekly Bible verse in our scripture program
  • The Sunday gospel is introduced in classes each Friday
  • Family Life
  • Daily recitation of a decade of the Rosary each day in October and May
  • The Living Rosary
  • The eighth grade students lead the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent
  • Seasonal prayer services (Our Lady of Guadalupe, Lent, May Crowning)
  • Advent Wreath prayers each week during Advent
  • Monthly religion themes (gratitude, thanksgiving, kindness etc.)
  • Training for altar servers and lectors
  • Guest speakers on vocations and Missions
  • Every class makes cards, letters or crafts for a community group each month for our outreach program
  • Food collected for Catholic Charities on First Fridays
  • Community outreach, Holy Childhood Association collections
  • Collections for world tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina, Earthquake in Haiti, or the Tea Fire
  • Conflict resolution skills are fostered through class meetings incorporating Gospel values
  • Retreats for Junior High
  • Participation in the parish youth group for junior high students
  • The Columbian Mission program

Contact Information

St. Raphael School
160 St. Joseph St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805.967.2115
Fax: 805.683.9765

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Mission Statement

SR_Emblem-150hSt. Raphael School was founded when God answered a Daughter of Charity’s prayer.  To this day, our mission is consistent with that of our founding Sisters: to educate all children in preschool through eighth grade in mind, body and spirit by imparting the values of Jesus through a rigorous curriculum, devoted faculty and an actively involved parent community.

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