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 Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,

This Sunday we celebrated the Fourth Sunday of Lent, commonly called “Laetare Sunday.” It is a day when the Church rejoices that Easter is approaching and seems to tell us to “keep going! Lent is almost over! Jesus will rise from the dead.” This Sunday, when Catholics went to Mass, you probably noticed a change in the vestment color. It is also one of only two days in the year when the priest has the option of wearing pink – or rose as many priests would say. “Laetare” is the Latin word for “Rejoice.” Traditionally, the Fourth Sunday of Lent was seen as a day to modestly celebrate and lessen the penances the faithful had been keeping. So, let’s take time this entire week to rejoice!

As we continue through our Lenten journey, I cannot help but reflect on the rain that we had last week. Even though the rain is cold, wet, and can cause us problems in Santa Barbara, it is also a sign of life to the flowers just waiting to blossom in the springtime. Furthermore, the rain washes away the dirt and grime on the sidewalks and cars. Please remember that Jesus always promises us life and has given us the gift of Reconciliation to wash away our “dirt and grime.” Our students in grades 3-8 all went to confession in the church the last week with Monsignor Jon and Father Lucio. There is a Reconciliation service for all of us at St. Raphael Parish at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 22nd. What a beautiful blessing!

Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is this Wednesday, March 14th. The registration fee is $400 but there will be a discount for registration for those that register on our registration day. We thank you for registering during our scheduled registration day from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. The Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Assistance applications are now available. You can download the forms from the e-newsletter or pick up a copy in the office.

Important Dates:
March 14: Registration from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the Parish Hall
March 16: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm
March 19: Jeans for Jesus
March 23: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm
March 29: Holy Thursday Prayer Service at 10:00 am in the Parish Hall
March 30-April 8: Easter Vacation
April 9: School Resumes
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
During the upcoming weeks, I encourage you to prayerfully read through the Stations of the Cross as a family. 

Station Ten: Jesus is Stripped of His Clothes

Station Eleven: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station Twelve: Jesus Dies

They divided Your garments
and cast lots for Your clothes.
Stripped of all dignity,
You had nothing of Your own.
By your despoilment, O Lord,
clothe us in your mercy
which is rich beyond words.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

Nailed to the cross,
You know how many feel
who, bound by circumstance,
year by year get nowhere.
By Your riven hands and feet, Lord,
help those fixed to a cross
by long illness or misfortune.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 

Once the prophet said:
"Who can believe our report?"
God's Servant, crushed in sorrow,
pierced for our offenses!
Shall we not stand watching, Lord,
mourning the sins You bear,
rejoicing in the pardon You bestow?

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 

St. Raphael, Pray for Us!


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Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805.967.2115
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