OUR MISSION 

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

Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms?

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s words to Juan Diego

Dear Saint Raphael Parents & Friends,

“I wish you could be closer.” Those were the words that my mom would say every time we visited from our home 750 miles away. They are the words that any mom would say to a son or daughter that she loves. My heart would ache, too, when we said goodbye.

December has many holy days to honor our spiritual mother, Mary. I think that she, too, would say, “I wish you could be closer.” Yet, I believe that she would add, “Come closer to me so that you can know my son, Jesus.”

In this season of Advent, as we prepare for Jesus’ birth, our role model is Mary, the woman who said “Yes” to an unknown future, to a long journey in the last days of her pregnancy, and to a simple birth in the poor shelter of a stable. Mary beckons us closer to the Christ child and the love he promises.

Throughout history, Mary appears to the poor (and especially to children) to give a message of peace, if we only turn to Jesus. On Wednesday, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we celebrate Mary’s appearance to a poor peasant, Juan Diego. Juan Diego humbly listens to this “beautiful lady” and with his faith draws closer to her.

On Wednesday, December 19, we will have our Christmas Musical Presentation at 7:00 pm in the church. Students will need to arrive in their classrooms by 6:30 pm to walk over as a class. This is a special program that gets us ready to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas!

On December 21, we will have our tradition of preparing gift bags of toiletry items for the homeless called the Gift of Giving. Each class is assigned a toiletry item and all classes are asked to bring clean crew socks. The gift bags are taken to the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room for distribution. We begin our Christmas vacation on Dec. 21 with a 12:15 pm dismissal. Please note that there will not be extended care that afternoon.

It is no wonder that I feel closest to the woman who gave me the gift of my faith after receiving the Eucharist at Mass. My mother had a special devotion to Mary and, with her collection of rosaries, heard the call to come closer to Jesus.

Lydia Collins, Principal

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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School Calendar
Dec 12, 2018
12:15 Dismissal
Dec 21, 2018
12:15 Dismissal

Day of Giving
Dec 24, 2018
No School: Christmas Vacation
Dec 25, 2018
No School: Christmas Vacation
Dec 26, 2018
No School: Christmas Vacation
Dec 27, 2018
No School: Christmas Vacation
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