On Friday, March 31 our 8th grade classes had an incredible experience in follow up to their reading of the book Night, by Elie Wiesel. Mr. Aaron Elster, a child survivor of the Holocaust, came and spoke with our students! Mr. Elster was born in 1932 and lived in a Ghetto in Poland until its liquidation in 1942. He escaped from the Ghetto and eventually found refuge in an attic of a Polish family. After the war, Mr. Elster lived in several orphanages throughout Poland until he was... smuggled to various camps in West Germany. He came to the United States in 1947. Through the atrocity of the Holocaust, he lost both of his parents and his older sister.

His message was powerful! He shared the stark realities of living during the Holocaust. He shared how he was able to turn anger into forgiveness and ultimate understanding. He shared over and over again the importance of making a difference in the world.

We are so thankful to Mr. Carl Munson, the grandfather of one of our 8th graders, who made this visit possible for our students. There are few Holocaust survivors alive today and to have this experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

March Parish Mission with Fr. Tom McCarthy!



March 19 Jesus Day Retreat. Students along with their parents participated in a "scavenger hunt" tour of the Cathedral; created a banner and made a rosary. Please keep our Communicants in your prayers as they prepare to celebrate First Holy Communion in May.


Congratulations to four of our 7th grade students who represented St. Ray's at the Region 11 Science Fair at the University of St. Francis on Friday. March 10. We are delighted by the effort and thoughtfulness each of them put into their projects. Earning three golds and one silver with two moving on to the state science fair, we couldn't be more proud!


God is great! God is merciful! February 21 students from both the
school and RE program experienced the immense power of God’s love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. No matter what we do, God is always there ready to embrace us with love and mercy. May He continue to bless and guide each of you as you begin the next phase in your spiritual journey as you prepare for first communion.






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