Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day! The meaning of Thanksgiving Day, of course, is giving thanks. The word “Eucharist” means thanksgiving. Mass is the ultimate thank you to God because it is the union of the gift of our lives with Jesus’ gift of His life. Thursday is not a Holy Day of Obligation; it is not a day when you have to go to Mass. It is a day when we get to go to Mass. Many times we come before God and say, "I need, I want, please do.” This is our chance to come back and say, "I love You; You are so good; and of course, thank You!”
Last week, we had our school Mass where we honored the saints. It was a great reminder to all of us during the Mass, especially as we saw the KinderKlasse students with their saint dolls and their 8th grader helpers, that we are all called by our baptism to be saints. When we look at the lives of the saints, they were ordinary people that struggled through life just like we all do but were all extra-ordinary in their faith and devotion to God. Let us all live our baptismal call and strive daily to become saints!
Parent/teacher conferences are underway and will continue until Wednesday. Thank you for your continued support by being the primary educators of your children.
Students are dismissed at noon on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope and pray that you will enjoy this time with family and friends, and remember to give God thanks for all of the blessings He has bestowed on us.
Next Sunday, we enter into the beautiful season of Advent. In preparation, you might be interested in receiving daily emails from our new Bishop. You can sign up for free at http://www.adventreflections.com. Join Bishop Robert Barron and thousands of others in this beautiful time of waiting and anticipation for the birth of Jesus!
November 23-25: Noon Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 26-27: Thanksgiving Vacation
December 7-11: Scholastic Book Fair on Campus
December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception. School Mass at 10:00
December 9: Staff Luncheon
December 10: School Celebrates Las Posadas at 1:00
December 14: Jeans for Jesus
December 17: Christmas Program at 6:00 pm
December 18: Noon Dismissal for Christmas Vacation
January 4: School Resumes
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
A Prayer for Thanksgiving:
Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank You for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.
St. Raphael, Pray for Us!
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