Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Oh, what a night! Thank you to all our families, friends, and benefactors who made this weekend’s auction such a success. It was wonderful to celebrate our wonderful community…especially our St. Raphael School teachers and staff. A very special thank you to our auction committee that creatively worked to make our virtual auction so memorable: Shellee Castillo, Kerri Boeddeker, Raquel Chrestenson, Dena Hayes, Irica Rodriguez, Julie Arias and Velma Chan.
Last week in the newsletter, I shared an article from Cardinal Dolan titled “It’s Time to Get Back to Mass!” This short, yet thought provoking article, highlighted the importance for us, as Catholics, to return to Mass. As we continue though the Easter season, we are reminded that each time we attend Mass, we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection through the Eucharist. We always need to keep in mind that the Second Vatical Council taught that Mass is the “source and summit” of our faith, and this is so because it’s our encounter with the risen Christ Himself. Keep in mind that the Mass is called the unbloody sacrifice of the Lord because the Jesus that we receive in Communion is the resurrected Lord!
Santa Barbara County continues to offer more and more vaccines, kids are returning to the soccer and baseball fields, and many return to restaurant dining, we need to remember that each Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation and a return to Mass as a family. Some have returned to Mass at our local parishes, but I do hope that more will join for the celebration and the Sacraments. St. Raphael’s Sunday Mass currently take place on our school quad in the fresh air and with a beautiful view!
April 19: Jeans for Jesus
May 1: 1st Holy Communion
May 17: Jeans for Jesus
May 31: No School for Memorial Day
June 4: Last Day of School. Noon Dismissal
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
Prayer of St. Ambrose before Mass
Merciful Father, purify us in body and soul, and make us worthy to taste the Holy of Holies. May your body and blood, which we intend to receive, unworthy as we are, be for us the remission of our sins, the washing away of our guilt, the end of our evil thoughts, and the rebirth of our better instincts. May it incite us to do the works pleasing to you and profitable to our health in body and soul, and may it deliver us from evil. Amen.
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