The first week in September, St. Raphael School hosted the Catholic schools from across the Diocese of El Paso in welcoming Bishop Mark Seitz. Bishop Seitz celebrated a Mass for the students, and Msgr. Francis Smith concelebrated. September also saw St. Raphael’s Annual Parish Fall Festival with food, music and a lot of fun. The 8th grade hosted a dance and various ministries sponsored booths. The Home and School hosted a “Meet and Greet” for parents to get to know their teachers. This year St. Raphael school is introducing Parent Portal so parents can view their child’s assignments and grades through the I-Now system. Student Council and National Junior Honor Society are gearing up for Make a Difference Day. St. Raphael School has been participating in this national day of service for over ten years. We collect clothing, household goods, hygiene products and toys are collected for the local community. Last year the school family collected almost 3,000 pounds. of goods that were distributed to various organizations throughout the city and gave over 120 community service hours.