“ Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” Pope John Paul II
Dear Saint Raphael Parents & Friends:
Candles don’t necessarily give off a lot of light. But I love candlelight and when hundreds of candles are lit, the effect is almost magical. Such was my experience at the Easter Vigil Mass at Saint Raphael Church. The dramatic effect created by the candles as they lit up the dark church was fitting for all that is symbolized by the Good News of Jesus’ Resurrection. There is enough darkness in this world and even the light of one candle can give hope.
St. Augustine first said in the 4th century A.D. that “we are an Easter people and alleluia is our song.” Pope John Paul II used it to emphasize our reason for hope in the face of all that can lead us to despair in this century—lack of money, loneliness, sickness, and loss. We know the power of faith to conquer death; we know the power of faith to transform people. Now we have to live like people who truly believe in Jesus’ resurrection and who believe that we can make a difference in this world.
This is not only the Easter Season, it is the season of sacraments! Congratulations to our 8th grade student, Harrison Goff, who received the three sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, & first communion) at the Easter Vigil Mass. The second graders and three older children will receive First Communion this Saturday, April 29, at 10 am in the big church. The 8th graders will receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, April 30, at 3 pm. Please keep them all in your prayers as they deepen their faith with the grace of the sacraments.
Spring Fiesta is this Saturday, April 29, at Marin Catholic’s John Paul II Center. Thank you to all who have purchased tickets. I hope to see many of you there this Saturday for a fun evening of dinner and dancing.
Friday, May 5 is Grandparents/Special Person Day beginning with our May Crowning Mass. At 8:30 am. It is also the culmination of our Scholastic Book Fair, which will run from Friday, April 28, through Friday, May 5. Friday, May 12, is our Fitness and Fun-raiser Day. The students will participate in fitness activities on that day and will learn about health, nutrition, and exercise all during that week leading up to the fitness day. This is also a school fundraiser and we hope that all will participate.
My candle at the Easter Vigil was lit by the person standing next to me. Just as I turned to pass on the light handed to me, we all need to live like we are an Easter people and pass on the light and joy of Easter to those around us in need of hope.
Lydia Collins, Principal