Dear St. Raphael School Families and Friends,
It’s great to see how our students are succeeding in high school. When I saw the names of the Bishop Garcia Diego High School Homecoming Court, I was beyond proud as almost half of the court was made up of St. Raphael School graduates. Austin Bohnett was crowned the homecoming king while alumni princesses and princes included Kylie Koeper, Catherine Mesipam, Mitchell Cota and James Renick. Congratulations graduates! Go, Cardinals and Go, Chargers!
We congratulated all of our budding entrepreneurs at salutes last week. We had numerous bake sales, piano concerts, 50/50 raffle, dinner nights, lemonade stands, and much more. We want to give a big shout out to Dominic Christman. Dominic had numerous ways to creatively raise money for the Annual Fund by taking advantage of the hot weather by selling Gatorade at Jiu-Jitsu class in the 100-degree weather, $1 donuts at the swim club, and a recycling project. We loved the creativity of all of the entrepreneurs but want to congratulate Dominic on his perseverance and ability to capture the right moments and audience.
Next week, we will have our Día de los Muertos altar on campus again in celebration of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day. You can bring in pictures of your deceased loved ones to place on the altar to honor and remember them. The altar will be blessed the following week and will remain in the quad for a few weeks for all of us to enjoy. If you would like the picture of your loved one returned, please write your family name on the back so you will receive it when the altar is removed.
Dia De Los Muertos altars are one of the most important elements of the yearly celebration. The altar is a fascinating mixture of symbolism that comes from both native traditions and Catholic beliefs brought to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors. The 'ofrenda', or ‘offering,’ is any item placed on the altar that represents a gift to the deceased. Be it their favorite food, a particular smell or a piece of candy, ofrendas are our way of showing our love towards deceased relatives. The altar is a complex creation with incredible symbolism as each element carries a specific meaning. We look forward to having such a beautiful symbol on our campus to honor our loved ones that have gone before us.
We are busy preparing for our Grandparents Mass on Thursday, October 27th. Please invite grandparents or honorary grandparents for this special occasion. Mass will be at 10:00 am followed by a brief classroom visit and then lunch. This is such a wonderful day for our school community as our students spend some quality time with their grandma and/or grandpa! The last day to sign up for lunch is this Thursday, October 20th.
October 17: Jeans for Jesus
October 17-28: STAR Testing Window
October 20: Living Rosary at 1:05 pm on the field
October 22: St. Raphael School Night at the UCSB men’s soccer game. All students are free!
October 24: Pep Rally at 1:15
October 27: Grandparents Mass at 10:00 am
October 31: Halloween Parade at 1:15 pm
In Mary’s Love,
Ms. Michelle Limb, Principal
During the next five weeks, please pray the rosary as a family. Each newsletter will contain one of the joyful mysteries.
The Third Joyful Mystery – The Nativity Spiritual Fruit: Poverty in Spirit
The time for the birth of Christ has come. Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem where they find there to be no room at the inn. Mary is left to give birth to her Son in a modest and meager stable. Along with the interminable glory of Christ’s birth, Christ’s entrance into the world is marked by poverty and suffering. This mystery teaches us the virtue of poverty in spirit. Christ calls us to continual detachment from earthly things, and in so doing; we move closer to Christ and join our sufferings with His.
St. Raphael, Pray for Us!
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