Newsletter January 1, 2018



 Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,

Welcome to 2018! During the last week of Advent, Father Bruce from San Roque Parish commented that the Thomas Fire, which stands as the largest fire in California history, impacted all of us and disrupted our lives. It cancelled school, halted shopping, evacuated friends, family, and even many of our own St. Raphael School members; but, Christmas still came. The love of Our Savior shines no matter what. We still need to pray for all of our loved ones that lost their homes or who might still be displaced from the fire, and for the brave firefighters and emergency personnel who protected our community so tirelessly and valiantly. We are all grateful for the outpouring of love and support that our community continues to receive.

Saint Raphael School is clean and ready to accept students when classes resume on Tuesday, January 2. I also want to thank Mr. Jorge Almazan and Mr. Randy Bittner for their hard work in cleaning the inside and outside of all our classrooms and other areas of our campus. We are ready and eager to be back to normal!

This week, we celebrate the life of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton who was the first native-born American to be canonized. We are reminded of her dedication to the Eucharist, our Blessed Mother, and Catholic schools. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton established the first Catholic school in our country. As we look to celebrate Catholic Schools Week at the end of the month, let us pray that we may be servants to God in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton’s image.
Important Dates:
January 2:
School Resumes
January 8: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. School Mass
January 15: No School for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 22: Jeans for Jesus
January 24: Kyle’s Kitchen Day
January 28 – February 2: Catholic Schools Week
January 30: Mass at Bishop Diego High School

In Mary’s Love,

Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal

Prayer to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton:

Lord God, You blessed Elizabeth Ann Seton with gifts of grace as wife and mother, educator and foundress, so that she might spend her life in service to Your people. Through her example and prayers may we learn to express our love for You in love for others. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


St. Raphael, Pray for Us!


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

Phone: 805.967.2115
Fax: 805.683.9765


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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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