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Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends, 

Oh, what a night! A heartfelt thank you to Shellee Castillo and her amazing auction committee for making this year’s auction one for the record books!  It was great for us all to gather to celebrate our phenomenal community.  We are thankful for all the attendees and families that made donations to this year’s auction.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, so please join us at 10:45 am for Mass.  Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians also observe it.  Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest or layperson applies the ashes to a person's forehead, they speak the words, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Or they will say, "Repent and believe in the Gospel.”  Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God.  Priests administer ashes during Mass, and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance.  The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year's Palm Sunday Mass.

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is March 14-21.  The Catholic Education Foundation Tuition Assistance applications are now available.  You can download the forms from the e-newsletter or pick up a copy in the office.  Applications are due no later than March 18th.  Late applications will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

February 28: TK and Kindergarten Evaluation Day. No School for TK and K

March 2: Ash Wednesday. Mass at 10:45 am

March 4: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm

March 11: End of the 2nd Trimester. Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm

March 14-21: Registration Week

March 18: Stations of the Cross at 1:15 pm

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal 

Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Gracious God today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy space that holds your Spirit. This special time beckons me to see my life through Christ's eyes and the truth and reality of your love incarnate. Give me the grace to enter the space of these days with anticipation of our meeting. And, when I open my soul to your presence, let your loving kindness flow over me and seep into the pockets of my heart. I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen. 

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St. Raphael School
160 St. Joseph St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Phone: 805.967.2115
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