Newsletter December 4, 2017



 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.

The Scholastic Book Fair begins this week. All week long, students, parents and friends can enjoy our Book Fair. The biggest day of the week is on Friday 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.

This Friday, 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 14th at 6:00 pm in the church. You will want to mark your calendars for this beautiful celebration. The title of the show is “Special Delivery: Wrapped in the Father’s Love.”

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Important Dates:
December 4-8: Scholastic Book Fair
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception. School Mass at 10:00 am
December 11: Jeans for Jesus
December 14: Christmas Program at 6:00 pm in the Church.
December 15: Noon Dismissal for Christmas Break.
January 2: School Resumes
January 8: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. School Mass at 10:00 am
January 15: No School for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 22: Jeans for Jesus

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal

Prayer for Advent:

Dear Heavenly Father,
This is my one word prayer: PEACE.
I can’t see ahead. I don’t know what to do.
Here are all my fears and my questions… [share yours]
I want to experience your perfect peace.
Let it be with me. Just as you say.
Hold me, God, so I can hear you whisper to me, "You don't have to know the way. I do."
In Jesus' name, Amen
~ Bonnie Gray, from “Praying for Perfect Peace When We Can't See How


St. Raphael, Pray for Us!


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

Phone: 805.967.2115
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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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