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Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends, 

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and is one of my favorite holidays!  The meaning of Thanksgiving Day, of course, is giving thanks.  This day is also one of my favorite days to attend Mass.  The word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving. Mass is the ultimate thank you to God because it is the union of the gift of our lives with Jesus’ gift of His life. Thanksgiving Day is not a Holy Day of Obligation; it is not a day when you have to go to Mass. It is a day when we getto go to Mass.  Many times, we come before God and say, "I need, I want, please do.” This is our chance to come back and say, "I love You; You are so good; and of course, thank You!”  I do hope that you take time to give God thanks for all that He does and continues to do for us.  Wishing all of you a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair kicks off on Monday, November 29th and ends December 3rd.  The book fair will be on the quad outside the library.  Don’t forget to stop by and find some great books and do some early Christmas shopping!

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 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. 
December 17: Noon Dismissal for Christmas Vacation
January 3: Classes resume

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 blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage, our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family, and friends. 
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.

St. Raphael, Pray for Us! 

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Santa Barbara, CA 93111

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