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Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends, 

This week you will notice something special on the quad.  We will have an ofrenda on campus.  During this time every year, Ms. Santos and her family construct a beautiful space for all of us to remember our departed loved ones.  The ofrenda is often the most recognized symbol of Día de los Muertos. This temporary altar is a way for families to honor their loved ones and provide them what they need on their journey. They place down pictures of the deceased, along with items that belonged to them and objects that serve as a reminder of their lives.

Every ofrenda also includes the four elements: water, wind, earth, and fire. Water is left in a pitcher so the spirits can quench their thirst. Papel picado, or traditional paper banners, represent the wind. Earth is represented by food, especially bread. Candles are often left for light. 

We invite our entire school community to add photos to the ofrenda.  If you want the pictures returned to you, please make sure that you put your name on the back.

Next Monday, we celebrate All Saints Day with Mass at 10:45 am.  Our 8th graders will be dressed up as saints and will share this Mass with our KinderKlasse (TK) students.  Please join us in the church for this long-standing tradition at St. Raphael School!

Important Dates:
October 25: Picture. Re-Take Day
November 1: All Saints Day School Mass at 10:45
November 11: Veterans Day. No School
November 17-19: Noon Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
November 22-26: Thanksgiving Vacation
November 29-December 3: Scholastic Book Fair

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 Fifth Joyful Mystery:  Finding Jesus in the Temple Spiritual Fruit:  Obedience to God

At twelve years of age, Jesus goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.  It is on their return journey home that Joseph and Mary realize that their son is missing.  Joseph and Mary seek Him endlessly.  On the third day, they find Jesus preaching in the temple amongst teachers, who were at once astonished at His wisdom.  Despite their grief and anxiety, Jesus assures His parents that all is well, as He is doing His Father’s work.  Although Joseph and Mary do not fully understand this at the time, they will see that this event foreshadows the mission of ministry and sacrifice that Jesus will fulfill in obedience of His Heavenly Father.  This mystery teaches us that submission to God our Father comes before all else. There is always joy to be found when we seek Jesus in the spirit of obedience. 

St. Raphael, Pray for Us! 

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St. Raphael School
160 St. Joseph St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805.967.2115
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