Newsletter September 26, 2016

 

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Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,      

During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis takes one Friday a month outside the Vatican to perform an act of mercy. Just last week, our Pope made a surprise visit to the neonatal unit at a local hospital in Rome where he left a papal medal in each crib. In photos, Pope Francis can be seen dressed in scrubs and holding a tiny baby. After visiting the babies, Papa Francis went to hospice to meet with the terminally ill. This is a great message for us all to remember with our respect for life at all stages, from its start to natural death.

Our Annual Fund only has one week to go! Students are very excited about their entrepreneurial activities and have been out at bake sales, lemonade stands, mowing lawns, collecting recyclables, and much more. You can bring your check to the school office or even donate online at:  https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/StRaphaelSchool/AnnualFund2016.html. Let’s see how quickly we can reach not only our goal, but also 100% participation! It is this week that we are hoping that other people such as extended family, friends and community members will give our school a gift for the Annual Fund. We have already brought in over $18,000 and are well on our way to meeting our goal of $42,000.

We want to thank everyone for participating in the Parish Festival. It was a beautiful day filled with fun, community, and celebration. We are truly blessed to be a parish school where every day we learn and work in the shadow of the Eucharist. Thank you, St. Raphael community, and St. Raphael, pray for us!

Our first school Mass was last week. Monsignor Jon blessed our Student Council as school leaders for the year. As always, it was a beautiful way to celebrate as a school community.

Please note that this Friday, September 30, we do not have school for a teacher-training day. The teachers will be working with three other schools as we are constantly working to improve our programs. Enjoy the long weekend!

Important Dates:
September 30:
No school for a teacher-training day
October 3: Specials Start
October 5: Picture Day. Pizza begins
October 11: Progress reports go home
October 17: Jeans for Jesus
October 27: Grandparents Mass at 10:00 am
October 31: Halloween Parade at 1:15 pm

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal

Prayer to St. Raphael
Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners. I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the “medicine of God” I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of my soul and the ills that afflict my body. I especially ask of you the favor (here mention your special intention), and the great grace of purity to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

St. Raphael, Pray for Us!

 

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SR_Emblem-150hSt. Raphael School was founded when God answered a Daughter of Charity’s prayer.  To this day, our mission is consistent with that of our founding Sisters: to educate all children in preschool through eighth grade in mind, body and spirit by imparting the values of Jesus through a rigorous curriculum, devoted faculty and an actively involved parent community.

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