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Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends, 

Did you know that the first “Thanksgiving” meal in the United States was not celebrated by the Pilgrims in Plymouth, but by Spanish settlers in what became Florida? And that first “Thanksgiving” was Eucharistic! Historian Dr. Michael Gannon narrates, “When the first Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine on September 8, 1565, to build a settlement, their first act was to hold a religious service to thank God for the safe arrival of the Spanish fleet.  After the Mass, Father Francisco Lopez, the Chaplain of the Spanish ships and the first pastor of St. Augustine, stipulated that the natives from the Timucua tribe be fed along with the Spanish settlers, including Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the leader of the expedition. It was the very first Thanksgiving and the first Thanksgiving meal in the United States.”

This historical event reminds us that the Eucharist (from the Greek language that literally means “thanksgiving”) is the primary way to offer thanks on Thanksgiving Day, followed by a meal shared in a spirit of fraternity. Let God be a central part of your holiday! As Americans, this is our heritage, and one that we hope to pass on to the next generation.

Conference are this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students not picked up by 12:15 pm will be sent to After School Care.  There is no school next week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Enjoy the time with family.  We all have a lot to be thankful for.

Please note that our school Christmas program will take place on the school field this year at 1:15 pm. Please plan on bringing lawn chairs to share in this wonderful celebration of the birth of Jesus!

Important Dates:
November 17-19: Noon Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
November 22-26: Thanksgiving Vacation
November 29-December 3: Scholastic Book Fair
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  School Mass at 10:45 am.
December 16: School Christmas Program at 1:15 pm on the school field. 

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal 

A Prayer for Thanksgiving:

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. 

Thank You for all the graces and blessing You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage, our food and shelter, our health, the love we have for one another, our family and friends

St. Raphael, Pray for Us! 

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Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805.967.2115
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