Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Thank you for your patience as we move forward with distance learning due to our closure from COVID-19. The teachers met today and are excited about this new learning opportunity for all students. Please note that we will be communicating often via Gradelink to make sure that you are kept in the loop with the newly established routines. Students will be graded on their work during the school closure. There will be specific times where families will be asked to come and pick up materials.
The Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez, stated the following in regard to COVID-19 and our Sunday Obligation, “The celebration of the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. But it is important to remember that our obligation to participate in the Mass is dispensed for grave causes. Therefore, in this grave and extraordinary moment, I am dispensing all the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and all Catholics currently in the Archdiocese from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14-15, March 21-22, and March 28-29. I encourage those of you who cannot come to Mass, to stay home and read the Gospels, pray with your families, and to join yourself to the sacrifice of the Mass by making an act of spiritual communion. There are a number of prayers of spiritual communion that you can use, the one I like is simple: “I wish, my Lord, to receive you with the purity, humility, and devotion with which your most holy mother received you, with the spirit and fervor of the saints.”’
Last week Father Emeka visited St. Raphael’s Parish. We were fortunate to have daily Mass with him and our 5th – 8thgraders had a nice assembly during the week as well. During Mass, Father Emeka talked about having a best friend and what best friends do together. Best friends talk all the time, spend time with each other, eat meals together, share when they are happy and sad and much more. Who is your best friend? Is it Jesus? Do you talk to him every day? Do you spend enough time with him? These are great questions as we make our way through this Lenten Season. May your relationship with Jesus continue to grow and strengthen each day.
At this time, we are moving forward with our scheduled registration day from 1:00 – 5:00 pm in the Parish Hall on Thursday, March 19. During this time, we will be practicing social distancing. If you are unable to attend, or prefer not to attend, you will need to email me to confirm that you are re-enrolled via Gradelink, and if you would like ½ or all of the registration added to your FACTS account. Students that are not registered on Thursday, are not eligible for discounted registration and must pay registration in full. Please go through the reenrollment process via Gradelink prior to coming to registration. If you need your Gradelink log-in information, please contact Mrs. Crombie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reenrolling with Gradelink will only take 5-10 minutes.
March 16 - 31: School is closed for distance learning.
March 19: Registration from 1-5 pm in the Parish Hall.
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
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