Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
This week we have Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please note that all students are dismissed at noon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss academic progress and to create goals that strengthen our wonderful partnerships for each child’s growth and well-being.
On November 21, we will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is where Mary’s parents, Anna and Joachim, offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was 3 years old. Mary’s presentation has an important theological purpose. It continues the impact of the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and the birth of Mary. It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from the beginning of her life on earth continued throughout her early childhood and beyond.
Next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and is one of my favorite holidays! The meaning of Thanksgiving Day, of course, is giving thanks. This day is also one of my favorite days to attend Mass. The word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving. Mass is the ultimate thank you to God because it is the union of the gift of our lives with Jesus’ gift of His life. Thanksgiving Day is not a Holy Day of Obligation; it is not a day when you have to go to Mass. It is a day when we getto go to Mass. Many times, we come before God and say, "I need, I want, please do.” This is our chance to come back and say, "I love You; You are so good; and of course, thank You!” Even though this Thanksgiving might look different given our current reality with COVID-19, I do hope that you take time to give God thanks for all that He does and continues to do for us. Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!
November 16: School Picture Day
November 18 – 20: Noon Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
November 23 – 24: No School for Teacher Training
November 25 – 27: Thanksgiving Break
December 1: #GivingTuesday
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 14: Jeans for Jesus
December 18: Noon Dismissal for Christmas Vacation
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
A Prayer for Thanksgiving:
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank You for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage, our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.
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