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Advent is a journey towards Bethlehem. May we let ourselves be guided by the light of God made man.

Pope Francis

Dear Saint Raphael Parents and Friends,

I was driving to the airport on a rainy night and the traffic on the freeway had suddenly stopped. I had no choice but to wait. The cars crept slowly along, but the line of cars seemed to stretch endlessly in front of me. Cars tried to move over to the lane that seemed to move a little faster. Many drivers were impatient and became angry with those cutting in front of them. Waiting is hard.

This week we begin the Church’s liturgical season of Advent. Advent means “coming” in Latin and focuses on the coming of Jesus into the world. In other words, we are “waiting” for Christmas. But unlike the endless waiting in stopped traffic, Advent is hopeful.

We celebrate Advent every year. Do we treat the ‘waiting’ of Advent like bad traffic, knowing we are slowly moving towards our destination but not really caring much about the journey? How will we make this year’s waiting for the coming of Christ different?

The challenge is to make our hearts more hopeful and joyful leading up to Christmas. Let’s change the way that we “wait” for Christmas. Let’s make this Advent about looking for someone to say a kind word to, someone to offer to help, or someone to let into the traffic ahead of us.

If you were part of the Parade of Lights last Friday, then you felt the joy of putting together a float that represented the community of Saint Raphael School. Special thanks to Omar Cain and all those who helped him construct the stable and decorate the truck. Thank you to all who came to be part of our SRS presence!

Advent increases our hope, a hope which does not disappoint. The Lord never lets us down. Pope Francis

Lydia Collins, Principal



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