Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Last week, we had a special guest visit our school. James McCann, the starting catcher for the Detroit Tigers and St. Raphael School alumnus, spoke to our 4th - 8th graders. He talked about his life story, sharing that God has protected him from the time he was in his mother’s womb until now. Students were captivated when James shared how the most important part of his life is his relationship with Our Lord. Yes, a major league baseball player’s number one desire is to continue to grow closer to Jesus Christ every day. What a wonderful example of how to live and how to give back! Thank you, James, for your time and message.
Also last week, we celebrated both All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day! During our school Mass for All Saints’ Day, Monsignor Jon told us that we are all called to be saints and that we meet saints each day in the faces of people around us. There are countless saints in the Catholic Church and many that have lived a saintly life but have not been canonized by the Church. Let’s remember our Baptismal calls for us to be saints and to treat everyone we meet with respect and love as they are saints in the making too!
Many of our classes are participating in SciTrek. Scientists come from UCSB and work with various classes on experiencing the scientific process firsthand. There are different modules that allow students to design and carry out an experiment. Students have the opportunity to not only learn scientific facts, but also understand how scientists use evidence-based explanations in their fields.
Next Monday, we do not have school in honor of Veterans Day! Please enjoy this day, but also take some time to remember our service men and women who protected our freedom.
Parent/Teacher conferences are right around the corner. Starting on November 14th and ending on November 16th, parents will have the wonderful opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss progress and create goals that ensure our wonderful partnerships in each child’s education. Please note that students are dismissed at noon during conferences. If students are not picked up by 12:15 pm, they will be sent to After School Care.
November 5-16: STAR Testing Window
November 12: No School for Veterans Day
November 14-16: Noon Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 19-23: No School for Thanksgiving Break
November 26: Jeans for Jesus
November 27: #GivingTuesday
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
Pray the Litany of Saints as a Family.
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy on us. Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us. God the Father, have mercy on us. God the Son, have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Holy Mary, pray for us. St. Michael, pray for us. St. Gabriel, pray for us. St. Raphael, pray for us. All you holy angels and archangels, pray for us. St. John the Baptist, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us. All you holy Patriarchs and prophets, pray for us. St. Peter, pray for us. St. Paul, pray for us. St. Andrew, pray for us. St. James, pray for us. St. John, pray for us. St. Mary Magdalen, pray for us. All you holy apostles and evangelists, pray for us. All you holy martyrs, pray for us. All you men and women, Saints of God, make intercession for us. Be merciful, spare us, O Lord! Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord! From all evil, O Lord, deliver us. From all sin, O Lord, deliver us. From anger and hatred, O Lord, deliver us. Through your death and resurrection, O Lord, deliver us. In the day of judgement, O Lord, hear us. That you would forgive us and all those we love, O Lord, hear us. That you would grant peace and unity to all, O Lord, hear us. That you would give rest to those who have died, O Lord, hear us. That you would lift up our minds to heavenly desires, O Lord, hear us. Son of God, O Lord, hear us. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
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