Newsletter November 28, 2016




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, that 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.

Please note that there is no school this Friday, December 2nd for a teacher-training day. Our teachers will be gathering with other Catholic schools to ensure academic excellence in all areas.

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 morning - “Dads and Donuts Day!” There are books for people of all ages, and many books make wonderful Christmas presents. Teachers will have their “wish lists” at the Book Fair, as well.

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 15th at 6:00 pm in the church. You will want to mark your calendars for this beautiful celebration. The title of the show is “Follow the Star.”

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 Join Bishop Robert Barron and thousands of others in this beautiful time of waiting and anticipation for the birth of Jesus!

Important Dates:
December 2:
No School. Teacher In-Service.
December 5-8: Scholastic Book Fair
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception. School Mass at 10:00 am.
December 12: Jeans for Jesus
December 15: Christmas Program at 6:00 pm
December 16: Christmas Vacation. Noon Dismissal.
January 3: School Resumes

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal

A Prayer for Lighting Your Advent Wreath:

O God,
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:

St. Raphael, Pray for Us!


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

Phone: 805.967.2115
Fax: 805.683.9765


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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