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Saint Raphael School fosters a Catholic faith that gives meaning and direction to life, challenges and guides our students to pursue academic excellence, and instills within them a spirit of service to God and others. "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on F.I.R.E." -St. Catherine of Siena

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LETTER FROM OUR PRINCIPAL

The impressions of childhood are never obliterated.

Mother Cabrini

Dear Saint Raphael Parents and Friends,

There is a story of a little girl who was always frightened of water and was afraid of drowning. This little girl later crossed the Atlantic Ocean over 30 times. What gave her the courage to do so? She believed that God was calling her to be a missionary.

Tomorrow, Nov. 13, is the feast day of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, an Italian saint who was also known as Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini was born in Italy and wanted to be a missionary. She traveled with six sisters to New York City to work with the thousands of Italian immigrants living there. In 35 years, she cared for the poor, the abandoned, the uneducated and the sick. The Italian immigrants were ignored, ridiculed, stereotyped, discriminated against, and taken advantage of. They were poor, packed into crowded apartment buildings, and prone to sickness. Mother Cabrini gave them love and tender care.

Mother Cabrini is the patron saint of hospital administrators and immigrants. We could use her courage and determination today as we pray for affordable health care, especially for immigrants who may not have the money to pay for a doctor.

We are entering into cold and flu season. Please make sure that your children get plenty of sleep and have a healthy snack and lunch. Please keep your child home if he/she has had a fever or the stomach flu.

Just as Mother Cabrini overcame her fear of water, we can find strength to face our fears when we trust in God’s help.

Lydia Collins, Principal

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