Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
We enter the beautiful Lenten Season this Wednesday. In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. While Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, all Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on this day and receive ashes on their foreheads (this year ashes will be sprinkled on our heads) to mark the beginning of the Lenten season. The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own mortality and calls us to repent. In the early Church, Ash Wednesday was the day on which those who had sinned and wished to be readmitted to the Church would begin their public penance. The ashes we receive are a reminder of our own sinfulness, and many Catholics leave them on their foreheads all day as a sign of humility. Lent is a season of alms giving, penance, reflection, and fasting. All students will receive an “alms box” from St. Vincent’s to support the Father Virgil Cordano Center. These alms boxes will support our homeless brothers and sisters in the Santa Barbara area. The loose change will change lives!
Every Friday during Lent, our 8th graders walk us through the Living Stations of the Cross. Stations of the Cross symbolizes our walk with Jesus Christ on His last day on Earth as a man. The stations focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini-pilgrimage as individuals move from station to station. At each station, we recall and meditate on a specific event from Christ’s last day. This year we will be streaming the Living Stations of the Cross via our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/straphaelschoolsb) on the school field. Stations will begin at 11:00 am.
February 12: No School for Teacher In-Service
February 15: No School for Presidents’ Day
February 17: Ash Wednesday
February 19: Stations of the Cross
February 22: Jeans for Jesus. KinderKlasse and Kindergarten Evaluations for 2021-2022
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
A Prayer for Ash Wednesday:
Almighty and Everlasting God, You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Savior as a model for humility. He fulfilled Your will by becoming man and giving His life on the cross. Help us to bear witness to You by following His example of suffering and make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.
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