Newsletter October 16, 2017

 

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 Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,

One hundred years ago, on October 13, 1917, one of the most extraordinary events in all of history happened: nearly 70,000 people saw the sun “dance” as proof of Mary’s appearance to three schoolchildren in Fatima, Portugal. Mary said her name was Our Lady of the Rosary. That is why we dedicate the month of October to praying the rosary here at St. Raphael School. It is also why I sign my weekly letters to you, “In Mary’s Love.” It was a miracle – and it is important to note that Mary chose to reveal herself to little children. The apparition of our Blessed Mother reminds me of the Matthew 19:14 when Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” It’s what we do at St. Raphael School - bring our students closer to Jesus every day.

Our Grandparents Mass is this Thursday, October 19th. Please invite grandparents or honorary grandparents for this special occasion. Mass will be at 10:00 am followed by a brief classroom visit and then lunch. This is such a wonderful day for our school community as our students spend some quality time with their grandma and/or grandpa! The last day to sign up for lunch is this Tuesday, October 17th.

This week, we will have our Día de los Muertos altar on campus again in celebration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. You can bring in pictures of your deceased loved ones to place on the altar to honor and remember them. The altar will be blessed the following week and will remain in the quad for a few weeks for all of us to enjoy. If you would like the picture of your loved one returned, please write your family name on the back so you will receive it when the altar is removed. We like to have this on display for our grandparents when they are on campus.

Día De Los Muertos altars are one of the most important elements of the yearly celebration. The altar is a fascinating mixture of symbolism that comes from both native traditions and Catholic beliefs brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. The 'ofrenda', or ‘offering,’ is any item placed on the altar that represents a gift to the deceased.   Be it their favorite food, a particular smell or a piece of candy, ofrendas are our way of showing our love towards deceased relatives.  The altar is a complex creation with incredible symbolism as each element carries a specific meaning.

Please note that we do not have school on Friday, October 20th for a teacher training in Santa Maria. Enjoy the long weekend.

Important Dates:
October 16:
Jeans for Jesus
October 18: Hoop Shoot
October 19: Grandparents Mass at 10:00 am
October 20: No school for teacher training day
October 23: Picture Retake Day and Sharky’s Day in Goleta
October 24: Pep Rally at 1:15
October 28: Deckers Day and Movie Night

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal

 

During the next five weeks, please pray the rosary as a family. Each newsletter will contain one of the joyful mysteries.

The Third Joyful Mystery – The Nativity                              Spiritual Fruit:  Poverty in Spirit 

The time for the birth of Christ has come.  Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem where they find there to be no room at the inn.  Mary is left to give birth to her Son in a modest and meager stable.  Along with the interminable glory of Christ’s birth, Christ’s entrance into the world is marked by poverty and suffering.  This mystery teaches us the virtue of poverty in spirit.  Christ calls us to continual detachment from earthly things, and in so doing; we move closer to Christ and join our sufferings with His. 

 

St. Raphael, Pray for Us!

 

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Santa Barbara, CA 93111

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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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