One hundred years ago, on October 13, 1917, one of the most extraordinary events in all of history happened: nearly 70,000 people saw the sun “dance” as proof of Mary’s appearance to three schoolchildren in Fatima, Portugal.
Mary said her name was Our Lady of the Rosary. That is why we dedicate the month of October to praying the rosary here at St. Raphael School. It is also why I sign my weekly letters to you, “In Mary’s Love.”
It was a miracle – and it is important to note that Mary chose to reveal herself to little children.
No less of a miracle occurs here at school on a daily basis. Your children grow each day, from the littlest ones to our graduates, setting out on the pathway to becoming young adults who can do enormous good wherever they choose to go. The teachers and staff commit themselves – daily -- to helping you raise your children to make the best use of their talents and be receptive to the wonder of creation and the plan God has in store for each one of them.
The word education literally means to “draw forth” – and in every interaction, we do our best to bring forth all that is good in each one of your children. Our teachers, coaches and staff commit themselves to this task, daily, with as much love and care and service as possible; we are devoted to each and every St. Raphael student.
A very practical part of that effort is having the tools to foster learning (facilities, learning resources, salaries for our wonderful teachers, opportunities outside of the classroom). Tuition does not cover the entire cost of all these. We need to add to our budget the voluntary support you can provide so we can deliver the best to your child.
St. Raphael School is able to do this only with your help. In addition to the tuition you pay, your voluntary investment in our Annual Giving fund, A Little Pencil in the Hand of God, provides the absolutely necessary budget help we need to operate the school. Our programs and curricula, our effort to build character, values, and memories of a lifetime have real costs and they can only be met with your help.
For our school's classroom-based competitions, list the name(s) of the child(ren) associated with your donation and what percentage of the donation should be associated with each child. Unless otherwise noted, we will assume any donation you make should be divided equally among your children.
Thank you for your investment in catholic education!
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