Newsletter December 12, 2016




Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,      

Our week has begun with “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin.We again light the candles of hope and love. This week we add the pink candle of joy. The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Saint Paul, “The Lord is near.”  Prophecy has been fulfilled and the long-awaited Messiah has come. Joy is the mood of all earnest seekers. As the feast of Christmas draws closer, we are reminded that the Lord is with us even now. Jesus came to give sight to the blind and life to the dead. Christ's reign is among us through our deed of love and generosity. Let us not grow weary, but steady our hearts and rejoice, for the Lord is close at hand! We shall rejoice!

Last week, we honored Our Blessed Mother with a Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Monsignor Jon reminded everyone that Mary was conceived without Original Sin so she would remain pure her entire life preparing to be the Mother of Jesus.   Mary is a model of strength, charity and love for all of everyone. Oh Mary, help us!

            Please mark your calendars for our Christmas program. The program is this Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 pm in the church. All students should be in their “Sunday Best” and in their classrooms at 5:40 pm. We will start at 6:00 pm sharp! The title of the program is, “Follow the Star.”

Christmas vacation begins at noon on Friday! Wishing you the most blessed Advent and Christmas season. I hope and pray that the true meaning of Christmas remains alive in all of us…Jesus is the reason for the season!

School resumes on January 3rd! Have a blessed Christmas vacation and remember that the Christmas season continues until January 9th with the Baptism of our Lord.

Important Dates:
December 12:
Jeans for Jesus
December 15: Christmas Program at 6:00 pm
December 16: Christmas Vacation. Noon Dismissal.
January 3: School Resumes
January 16: No School for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 17-27: STAR testing window
January 28: School Clean-Up Day
January 29-February 3: Catholic Schools Week
February 20: No School for Presidents’ Day
February 25: School Auction at Fess Parker

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal

Christmas Prayer for Present Opening Time:

Lord Jesus, Wise men traveled for miles to bring You the first Christmas presents. So may we, too, remember with thankful hearts the love that comes with each present we open. We also thank You for the amazing love You have for each of us, and we thank You for the many gifts that You give us. Amen

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


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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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