Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
It’s a special week for us at school and in our Church. We celebrate All Hallows’ Eve on yesterday, All Saints Day today, and All Souls Day on Tuesday. So, why are these days important? Halloween is All-Hallows'-Eve, which is the night before All-Saints Day. It was in the eighth century that the Church appointed a special date for the feast of All Saints, followed by a day in honor of her soon-to-be saints, the feast of All Souls. All Saints Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1st. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church; that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls Day, which is observed on November 2nd and dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven. Although millions, or even billions, of people may already be saints, All Saints Day observances focus on known saints - that is, those recognized in the canon of the saints by the Catholic Church. Let us all remember our Baptismal call to live our lives to be saints!
Today our 8th graders will be dressed up as saints and will share this Mass with our KinderKlasse (TK) students. We can learn so much from the saints as they lived their lives just like you and me and devoted themselves to Jesus. Take some time this month to learn about some of the saints and how they loved Our Lord.
Parent/Teacher conferences are right around the corner. Starting on November 17th and ending on November 19th, parents will have the wonderful opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss progress and create goals that ensure our wonderful partnerships in each child’s education. Please note that students are dismissed at noon during conferences. If students are not picked up by 12:15 pm, they will be sent to After School Care.
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
Pray the Litany of Saints as a Family.
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy on us. Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us. God the Father, have mercy on us. God the Son, have mercy on us. God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Holy Mary, pray for us. St. Michael, pray for us. St. Gabriel, pray for us. St. Raphael, pray for us. All you holy angels and archangels, pray for us. St. John the Baptist, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us. All you holy Patriarchs and prophets, pray for us. St. Peter, pray for us. St. Paul, pray for us. St. Andrew, pray for us. St. James, pray for us. St. John, pray for us. St. Mary Magdalen, pray for us. All you holy apostles and evangelists, pray for us. All you holy martyrs, pray for us. All you men and women, Saints of God, make intercession for us. Be merciful, spare us, O Lord! Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord! From all evil, O Lord, deliver us. From all sin, O Lord, deliver us. From anger and hatred, O Lord, deliver us. Through your death and resurrection, O Lord, deliver us. In the day of judgement, O Lord, hear us. That you would forgive us and all those we love, O Lord, hear us. That you would grant peace and unity to all, O Lord, hear us. That you would give rest to those who have died, O Lord, hear us. That you would lift up our minds to heavenly desires, O Lord, hear us. Son of God, O Lord, hear us. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
St. Raphael, Pray for Us!
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