Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Last week our 7th and 8th graders attended a talk by Father Gregory Boyle from Homeboy Industries at Villanova Preparatory School. Father Greg has worked with thousands of gang members in one of the toughest parts of Los Angeles and has had a hand in their intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry into society. His message is simple and direct; it’s one about love, compassion, and belonging. Throughout his talk, Father Boyle kept repeating this: “No daylight to separate us. Only kinship. Inching ourselves closer to creating a community of kinship such that God might recognize it. Soon we imagine, with God, this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless. At the edges, we join the easily despised and the readily left out. We stand with the demonized so that the demonizing will stop. We situate ourselves right next to the disposable so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away.” This powerful message can also be found in Father Boyle’s Book Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. This seemingly simple message comes with great power and one that we can take with us each day. Thank you, Father Gregory Boyle, and thank you, Villanova Preparatory school for the invitation to attend such a remarkable and timely talk.
On October 19th, we will have our Grandparents Mass. 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! Grandparents will also walk away with a special photo from this memorable day!
All of our school programs are up and running. This past week, we welcomed back our Spanish teacher, librarian, music teacher, and specialized instructors. It’s fun to witness the active schedules of our faculty and the students’ engagement in the special classes. The “extras” at St. Raphael School make us the unique place that we all love.
October 15: Jeans for Jesus
October 16: Virtus Re-Certification from 6:00-7:30 pm
October 19: Grandparents Mass at 10:00 am
October 23: Pep Rally and Awards Assembly at 1:05 pm. Virtus Class 6:00-9:00 pm
October 24: Picture Re-Take Day and Living Rosary at 1:15 pm
October 31: Halloween Parade at 1:15 pm
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 Second Joyful Mystery – The VisitationSpiritual Fruit: Charity and Love
Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who learns that she has conceived a child in her old age. Their visit is marked by happiness and thanksgiving as they rejoice in the wonderful gifts of God. Mary, with the Holy one inside of her, makes Elizabeth’s unborn child leap within her womb. Though such a simple visit, both are moved with God’s love and strengthened by His Grace. This mystery teaches us that we are to cherish our encounters with others. Each person God puts in our path is an opportunity to love, and share in the blessings God has bestowed upon us.
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