Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
Last Thursday, we celebrated Mass as a school community in the church for the first time in 19 months. It was great to be back!
It’s hard to believe that the month of October is upon us this week. Where does time go? The month of October in the Catholic Church is dedicated to the Holy Rosary. This is primarily because the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7th. It was instituted to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church, as an answer to the praying of the rosary by the faithful. Each morning, students will pray a decade of the rosary. Consider praying the rosary with your family during this month, too!
October 2nd is the Feast Day of the Guardian Angels. A guardian angel is a heavenly spirit assigned by God to watch over everyone during life. The doctrine of angels is part of the Church’s constant Tradition, based on Sacred Scripture and the teaching of the Fathers of the Church. “Angel” means “messenger” in Greek. Angels are often mentioned in scripture, where they are not only messengers, but also defenders, companions, guides, and guardians. Monsignor Jon reminds us that God gave everyone their own guardian angel to pray for us, to protect us, and to love us. This Feast Day also reminds me of the prayer that we all learned as young children…Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love entrusts me here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
We are making great progress towards our Annual Fund goal of $40,000! It’s never too late to donate or share our Annual Fund information with your family and friends. As we inch closer to 100% participation, please know that we use our family participation level to apply for grants that support all students at our school! Click here to donate. Let’s see how quickly we can reach not only our goal, but also 100% participation!
September 20: Jeans for Jesus
September 23: School Mass at 10:45 am
September 29: Feast Day of St. Raphael
October 6: Pizza Program Begins
October 18: Jeans for Jesus
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
During the next five weeks, please pray the rosary as a family. Each newsletter will contain one of the joyful mysteries.
First Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation Spiritual Fruit: Humility
The Angel Gabriel declares Mary as the handmaid of the Lord. She will conceive by the Holy Spirit, and bear a Son who will be called the Son of the Most High. Mary accepts this honor, while also accepting, without fully understanding, the pain and sorrow that would accompany its fulfillment. This mystery teaches us that even the purest joy we experience in this life necessarily entails suffering. It is with full reliance and trust in God that we are able to accept our suffering in order to fulfill our mission and forward God’s plan of salvation with humility and love.
St. Raphael, Pray for Us!
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