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Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends, 

Last Wednesday, the St. Raphael School community entered into Lent with the special marking of a cross on our foreheads.  It is an outward symbol of our faith and dedication to our Savior, Jesus Christ.  In the Gospel on Ash Wednesday, we heard how Jesus emphasized the need for personal prayer. He continues to encourage us to move away from the chaos of everyday life and to go to our inner room to pray, where there is peace and quiet.  This Lenten Season is the time to remember to be transparent with God, bring our open hearts to Him and He will cleanse us.  Let us be real with God and He will reveal Himself in ways we have never imagined. He will fill us with grace from head to toe.  This is a journey that is not easy, but ultimately it will bring us all closer to our Lord.  What a great expedition to share with your children!  Don’t forget to sign up for Lenten Gospel reflections from Bishop Barron at http://www.lentreflections.com/. Online registration is now open. Please register online before March 20th. This will allow for a seamless process on registration day.  Use bit.ly/srs2019 to complete the online registration process.  Don’t forget to be a part of the Refer Program and earn $100 off tuition.  Use this link for your referrals: CatholicEd.com/Refer.

Every Friday during Lent, we are selling $5 grilled cheese sandwiches served with fruit and milk, and includes a side of vegetables or a cup of soup.  You can also purchase tortilla chips with homemade salsa for $2.  Please make sure to send your child/ren to school with money for lunch as funds will not come out of your child’s food truck account.  These lunches will help offset the cost of our overnight trips for grades 5-8.  Remember you can always come for a grilled cheese, too!  Lunch is served from 12 - 12:30 pm.

Important Dates:
March 8: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm
March 15:  First Reconciliation 1:00 pm (No Stations of the Cross)
March 20: Registration from 1-5 pm in the Parish Hall
March 22: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm

Station One: Jesus Condemned 

Station Two:Jesus Carries His Cross

Station Three:Jesus Falls for the First Time

Pilate brought Jesus outside and said to the people, "Look at your king!"

At this they shouted, "Away with Him! Crucify Him!"

Then Pilate handed Jesus over to be crucified.

"Behold your king," says Pilate." Away with Him," the people shout.
And they sent you to Your death.
Lord Jesus, Word made flesh,
Light for our dark world,
God come to save us,
may we never send You away.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 

Jesus was led away, 
and carrying the cross by Himself,
went out to what is called 
the Place of the Skull, Golgotha. 

You were led to Calvary, Lord,
carrying the cross by Yourself.
Yet was the cross only Yours,
or was it also mine You bore?
By Your holy cross, O Jesus,
make me strong and able
to take up the cross I must bear.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 

Jesus emptied Himself,
and took the form of a slave,
being born in the likeness of men. 
He humbled himself,
to death and a cross. 

How strange to see You fall
as anyone does who cannot go on.
And yet You rise again
to take the few steps more You can.
By Your first fall, O Jesus,
give Your risen grace
to those who fall and cannot rise.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

St. Raphael, Pray for Us!

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Newsletter March 11, 2019 - St Raphael School Santa Barbara