Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Next Sunday, we will celebrate Palm Sunday as the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorate the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect. Palm branches are widely recognized as a symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday. The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, representing the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war.
Last week, many students around our country participated in a National Walkout to stand up to gun violence in our country. At St. Raphael School, our 7th and 8th graders honored this event by praying 17 Hail Mary’s in respect for the 17 victims of the Parkland school shooting. We ask our Blessed Mother to protect all students and send Her healing to all of those affected by school violence.
Next week is Holy Week. We will enter into the week prayerfully and reverently. Please join us on Holy Thursday in the Parish Hall at 11:00 am for a prayer service. It’s a beautiful day where we honor Jesus and His sacrifice for us. Remember that students are dismissed at noon on Holy Thursday.
March 19: Jeans for Jesus
March 23: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm
March 29: Holy Thursday Prayer Service at 11:00 am in the Parish Hall
March 30-April 8: Easter Vacation
April 9: School Resumes
April 10: Progress Reports go Home
April 12: First Reconciliation
April 13: No School for Teacher In-Service
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
Prayer for Lent
Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to your glory and the welfare of your people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Book of Common Prayer p.832 , written by William Temple
St. Raphael, Pray for Us!
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