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 Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends, 
          
It’s hard to believe that May is upon us!  The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in our Catholic Church. May is a month of growth, when nature is reborn. This month normally belongs to the Easter season, between Easter and Pentecost. Many Catholics may be aware that May is consecrated to Mary, but it may be unclear why this month was selected for this particular distinction. Other months have more important feasts dedicated to Our Lady, such as August (Feast of the Assumption) and December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception). 

What is it about the month of May that makes it a fitting time to reflect on the Virgin Mary’s role in salvation and to honor her as the Mother of God?  May is normally part of the Easter season, the period of fifty days which lasts from Easter to Pentecost. During this time we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection from the dead, a celebration which culminates with his Ascension to the Father and the sending of the Holy Spirit to the Church on Pentecost. It is a fitting time to dedicate to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to recall her intense joy over her Son’s Resurrection, and the comfort and guidance she gave to the Apostles during this difficult period.  Our tradition at St. Raphael School during the month of May continues for all students to bring home a statue of Mary to pray the rosary together.  Please enjoy this special family time!

Our Jog-a-Thon is just two weeks away!  The kids will be running, running, running for our school.  This is the last of our three fundraisers for the year.   We want to thank our sponsors for the Jog-a-Thon this year. Be on the lookout for their logos in the e-newsletter.   Please support our goal of having each child raise $150.  Asking neighbors, friends and family for a $5 to $10 donation can add up quickly!  Let’s see if we can beat our goal of $31,000 this year!

Important Dates: 
May 5: 1st Communion
May 11: Jog-a-Thon
May 15: Pep Rally at 1:15
May 17: May Crowning and School Mass at 10:00
May 18: Jog-a-Thon Money Due. iRaphael Chalk Festival at 1:00
May 21: Jeans for Jesus
May 22: Athletic Banquet at 6:00 
May 24: Spring Sing at 6:00 pm
May 25: Field Day and Jog-a-Thon Prize Rally

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal 

Holy Mary, Help the Helpless
Holy Mary, help the helpless, strengthen the fearful, comfort the sorrowful, pray for the people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep your sacred commemoration experience the might of your assistance. Amen

St. Raphael, Pray for Us!

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Santa Barbara, CA 93111

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