Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Congratulations to our students that received their First Holy Communion on Saturday. It was a gorgeous day filled with lots of excitement and love! We do hope and pray that this is the first of many communions for our little ones!
The month of May is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. As is our tradition during the month of May, students and families are encouraged to pray the rosary as a family, we celebrate May Crowning, and our 2nd graders receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. In May of 2002, Saint John Paul II said, "Today we begin the month dedicated to Our Lady, a favorite of popular devotion. In accord with a long-standing tradition of devotion, parishes and families continue to make the month of May a 'Marian' month, celebrating it with many devout liturgical, catechetical and pastoral initiatives." The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of the Church, and therefore the example, as well as the guide and inspiration of everyone who, in and throughout the Church, seeks to be the servant of God and man, and the obedient agent of the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Later this month we honor Our Mother, crowning her Queen of Heaven and thanking her for her "fiat" as mother of Jesus.
Next Friday, we will have our annual iRaphael Chalk Festival. Students will have the wonderful opportunity to create a masterpiece on the quad throughout the day. Due to the pandemic, we will stagger the times outside. Please send your child to school with a beach towel, a hat and sunscreen. Students may wear their PE uniforms on this day as they will be working in the asphalt with chalk and will most likely get a little dirty!
Hail Holy Queen:
Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.
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