We are the Light of the World
“You are the Light of the World, may your light shine before all” (Matthew 5:14). In the gospel, Jesus advised his disciples that they are the light of the world. He sent them to transform the world and make it a better place through their actions. All of us—priests, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, grandparents, friends and benefactors are encouraged by our faith in Jesus to make St. Raphael School a better place for our children. May our actions reflect kindness and a generous spirit, may our words express affection and encouragement, and our thoughts radiate with concern and compassion for each other. Let us strive to shine for all to see. We are the light of the world! This is our theme for the 2016-2017 school year.
Catholic school has always played a special part in the mission of the Church. Of the educational programs available to the Catholic community, Catholic schools afford the fullest and best opportunity to realize the threefold purpose of Christian education (faith, community and service) among children and young people. We will continue with our commitment of offering a higher standard of learning and, together, we will make St. Raphael School an exceptional choice for Catholic Education.
I can sense an excitement and renewed energy this year. We welcome a new principal, assistant principal, new teachers and families joining our community. I’m also thankful that we are blessed with a foundation of returning families, teachers, and staff. I welcome all of you to our St. Raphael School Community and encourage you to take an active role in their academic and spiritual formation. There will be many opportunities to engage and connect with every member of our community and everyone’s gifts are needed to make this year a great success. I ask that you become familiar with our policies and procedures so that you can assist your children on focusing on what is important for their education and growth and hope that you will get more acquainted with our parish and school. Remember: our children are the reason we all are here! GO STALLIONS!