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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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“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”   ---Jean Baptiste Massieu

Dear Saint Raphael Parents & Friends,

“Thank you” were the words that she spoke as the student filled her glass with water. She didn’t look like a homeless woman and yet, here she was in the shelter, grateful for a hot meal and a place to sleep out of the cold. Five eighth graders were given the gift of serving the homeless women on a cold Friday night. They saw the amazing generosity of those who cook and serve a meal for those who can only give a smile and a “thank you” in return.

Yes, we teach our students gratitude. We talk about those who have so much less so our students can remember what has been done for us and say “thank you.” We talk about you, the parents, who have made sacrifices to give your children a faith-filled education. We talk about the poor who struggle to pay the rent and still have enough left to put food on the table. We talk about how “thank you” can be a simple, yet powerful, expression of what is in the heart.

Jean Baptiste Massieu was a French clergyman and deaf educator who is one of the fathers of education for the deaf. As someone bo rn unable to speak audibly, Jean Baptiste Massieu could have lived a life grumbling about his circumstances. Instead he chose to be grateful for his ability to teach those who were deaf like him. He challenges us to remember our blessings with his quote, “gratitude is the memory of the heart.” Thankfulness is how we can show with our hearts that we remember what has been done for us.

Try practicing gratitude daily by asking your children to name two things for which they are grateful. You might be surprised by the answers. You might be surprised how this practice can change your family’s attitude toward life and the difficulties life throws at us.

The Parade of Lights is this Friday, Nov. 24. Come be part of our school float and walk with Saint Raphael School! We will be decorating the float beginning at 3 pm in the East yard. We leave to line up for the parade at 4:45pm. The parade starts at the corner of Fifth Ave. and E street (near San Rafael Library). See you there!

May you enjoy many blessings this Thanksgiving! May we remember to thank God for all that we have.

Lydia Collins, Principal

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