Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Last week we were blessed to have Bishop Barron celebrate Mass for our school community. The bishop reminded everyone that his job is to be a shepherd for all of us in the Santa Barbara and Ventura area. He’s here to help keep us close to Jesus. The gospel for this wonderful Mass included this passage from John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Many of us know St. John’s passage by heart, or perhaps we have seen sports fans holding up a John 3:16 sign; but hearing these words from our bishop is touching on a deeper level. Our God loves us so much that he sent his Son Jesus so that we as believers enjoy eternal life in heaven!
This Saturday many of our students will make their First Holy Communion. Please keep all these children in your prayers as they will receive Jesus for the first time in the Eucharist.
We are gearing up for our final fundraiser of the year - our annual Jog-a-Thon is on Friday, May 13, so it’s time to start gathering your jogging sponsors! We are asking that each child raise a minimum of $250! Our school fundraising is so important to ensure we keep tuition affordable for all families and we are continuously grateful for all who support our special school.
May 2 – 6: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7: 1st Communion
May 12: May Crowning. Mass at 10:45 am
May 13: Jog-a-Thon
May 20: Chalk Festival…iRaphael
May 23: Jeans for Jesus
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
Prayer for First Communion
O Jesus, who hast loved us with such exceeding great love as to give us the ineffable gift of the Holy Eucharist, inflame us with a burning zeal to promote Thy glory by preparing worthily the little children
who are to approach Thy holy table for the first time. Protect, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, these young souls from the assaults of evil, strengthen their faith, increase their love, and endow them with all the virtues that will make them worthy to receive Thee. Amen.
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