Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
This past weekend, our Church celebrated the 101st anniversary of one of the most extraordinary events in our faith’s history. On October 13, 1917, nearly 70,000 people saw the sun “dance” as proof of Mary’s appearance to three schoolchildren in Fatima, Portugal. Mary said her name was Our Lady of the Rosary. That is why we dedicate the month of October at St. Raphael School for praying to the rosary. It is also why I sign my weekly letters to you “In Mary’s Love.” It was a miracle – and it is important to note that Mary chose to reveal herself to little children. The apparition of our Blessed Mother reminds me of Matthew 19:14 when Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” It’s what we do at St. Raphael School; we bring our students closer to Jesus every day.
Our Grandparents Mass is this Friday, October 19th. 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! The last day to sign up for lunch is this Monday, October 15th.
This year the faculty at St. Raphael School will focus its Professional Learning days on curriculum development and best practices for religion. We will dive into understanding the new religion standards from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. These standards are derived from Catechism of the Catholic Church and include Creed, Church Structure and History, Sacraments, Liturgy, Morality, and Prayer. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in forming our children in mind, body, and spirit.
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 Third Joyful Mystery – The Nativity Spiritual Fruit: Poverty in Spirit
The time for the birth of Christ has come. Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem where they find there to be no room at the inn. Mary is left to give birth to her Son in a modest and meager stable. Along with the interminable glory of Christ’s birth, Christ’s entrance into the world is marked by poverty and suffering. This mystery teaches us the virtue of poverty in spirit. Christ calls us to continual detachment from earthly things, and in so doing; we move closer to Christ and join our sufferings with His.
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