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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, “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!

This week we welcome a visiting committee to our campus for our school’s accreditation process. Our entire staff is eager to share our story with the committee and we look forward to their feedback. As a school, we are proud of the rigorous academic programs that we provide, and more importantly, how we live our mission by educating the whole child in mind, body, and spirit.  If you see members of the visiting committee at drop-off or dismissal, please extend a warm St. Raphael School welcome!

On March 25, Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation.  Our Pope has invited all of us to pray that Mary, the Queen of Peace, may obtain peace for the world.  “This act of consecration is meant to be a gesture of the universal Church, which in this dramatic moment lifts up to God, through his Mother and ours, the cry of pain of all those who suffer and implore an end to the violence, and to entrust the future of our human family to the Queen of Peace,” the Pope said.

Thank you to all the families that participated in the two Jeans for Jesus days to support the Ukrainian refugee children. Together we raised over $1,300 to send to Warsaw, Poland.  It was a privilege communicating with Mr. Jon Zurfluh, and we look forward to our students making cards for their children. We continue to keep all people from Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Belarus, and surrounding countries in our prayers.

Important Dates:

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

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 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 

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