Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
We had a wonderful celebration for Grandparents Day. It was so special to see all of the students with their grandparents and the unconditional love grandparents exude. Father Remey celebrated Mass for all of us and spoke about his special relationship with his grandmother. He shared that his grandmother’s presence is something he can still feel as if she is still with him in spirit. Thank you for making Grandparents Day 2018 so special!
Next Wednesday is Halloween and we will have our annual parade that begins at 1:15 pm on the quad. This is always a fun time for students and parents to enjoy the costumes. Please, no scary costumes or masks! The parade will last about 30 minutes and then students will participate in a Harvest Carnival on the backfield.
This week, we will have our Día de los Muertos altar on campus again in celebration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. You can bring in pictures of your deceased loved ones to place on the altar to honor and remember them. The altar will be blessed the following week and will remain in the quad for a few weeks for all of us to enjoy. If you would like the picture of your loved one returned, please write your family name on the back and we will return it when the altar is removed. We like to have the altar on display for our grandparents when they are on campus.
Día De Los Muertos altars are one of the most important elements of the yearly celebration. The altar is a fascinating mixture of symbolism that comes from both native traditions and Catholic beliefs brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. The 'ofrenda,' or ‘offering,’ is any item placed on the altar that represents a gift to the deceased. Be it their favorite food, a particular smell, or a piece of candy, ofrendas are our way of showing our love for deceased relatives. The altar is a complex creation with incredible symbolism as each element carries a specific meaning.
October 23: Pep Rally and Awards Assembly at 1:05 pm. VIRTUS Class 6:00-9:00 pm
October 24: Picture Re-Take Day and Living Rosary at 1:15 pm
October 31: Halloween Parade at 1:15 pm
November 1: All Saints’ Day School Mass at 10:00 am
November 5-16: STAR Testing Window
November 12: No School for Veterans Day
November 14-16: Noon Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 19-23: No School for Thanksgiving Break
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
During the next five weeks, please pray the rosary as a family. Each newsletter will contain one of the joyful mysteries.
The Fourth Joyful Mystery – The PresentationSpiritual Fruit: Purity of Mind and Body
In observance of the law of Moses, Joseph and Mary take the child Jesus to be presented in the temple to God. Although not subject to this law, Jesus submits in obedience, and in like manner, Mary, not subject to the law of purification, humbly submits herself to it. It is at this time also, that the old man Simeon beholds the Son of Man. Simeon immediately recognizes the child as the King and Savior foretold, and declares the fate of Jesus as a sign that will be contradicted. This mystery teaches us the importance of purity in thought and deed. It is in humility that we are able to see our weaknesses and failings, while we recognize our constant need of God’s mercy and grace.
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