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Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends, 

We had a wonderful visit for our accreditation.  The team was impressed with all aspects of our school…from the eager students to our A+ teachers and staff, to our pastor, and to our families and extended St. Raphael School community! Thank you for being a part of St. Raphael School!

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.”  Monsignor Jon is making his way around the classrooms so students in grades 3-8 can go to confession.  There is a Reconciliation service for all of us at St. Raphael Parish at 7:00 pm on Monday, April 8th. What a beautiful blessing! 

This Sunday, we will celebrate Palm Sunday as the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorate the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before He was crucified.  Palm Sunday is known as such because the faithful will often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the reenactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a young donkey, and to the lavish praise of the townspeople who threw clothes, or possibly palms or small branches, in front of Him as a sign of homage. This was a customary practice for people of great respect.  Palm branches are widely recognized as a symbol of peace and victory, hence their preferred use on Palm Sunday.  The use of a donkey instead of a horse is highly symbolic, representing the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war.

Important Dates:

April 8: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm

April 11: Jeans for Jesus

April 14: Holy Thursday Prayer Service. Noon Dismissal

April 15-April 24: Easter Vacation

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal 

Station Thirteen: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

Station Fourteen: Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Sabbath was rapidly approaching and the crucified ones had to be taken down before the beginning of the Sabbath celebrations.

A soldier pierced the side of Jesus with his spear to be sure that he was dead. Mary stayed under the cross with her Son. Jesus was gently removed from the cross. Mary held Jesus. She didn't want to give Him up but she had to. She kissed Him and gave Him to the guards.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

People had returned to their homes for the Sabbath.

John, Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, and Mary, went from Calvary to Jesus' burial tomb. Joseph and John carried Jesus into the tomb. They laid him on the rock bench in the burial chamber. The men moved a big boulder in front of the entrance to block it.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be 

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Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805.967.2115
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