Psalm 33

R - Lord, let Your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in You.

Upright is the word of the Lord,
and all His works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the Lod the earth is full. R

See, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear Him,
upon those who hope for His kindness,
to deliver them from dath
and preserve them in spite of famine. R

Our sould waits for the Lord,
who is our help and our shield.
My Your kindness, O Lord, be upon us
who have put our hope in You. R

From the Principal

Plans continue to move forward on the playground. 

I had an excellent meeting on Monday, and I thank those who have offered their help to prepare the ground and install the unit. We expect it to be delivered in two to four weeks. We are hoping installation will go quickly. We will also be installing fencing around the playground and from behind the new building toward the church and up the side street to the present fence. Then during the day all the school buildings will be behind fencing.

Report Cards are coming home today. Please review the document carefully.

Friday is Fall Fest. Everyone is invited to the fun. A significant amount of preparation goes into this, and I thank those who have been generous with their time and talent in preparing for the fest. Any income from the fest will go to the Home and School and then into school improvement.

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday, October 21
Report Cards
Parent Survey Open

Thursday, October 22
Prayer Service Grades 3-4-5
Last Day to Get $10 Armbands for Fall Fest
Literary Club Meeting 
Parent Survey Open

Friday, October 23
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress or Fall Fest T-shirts
Fall Fest - noon-2:00 in the Gym 
Math-a-Thon Permission Slips Due
Parent Survey Open

Monday, October 26
Red Ribbon Week
Parent Survey Open

Tuesday, October 27 
Red Ribbon Week
Fall Picture Retakes
Parent Survey Open

Wednesday, October 28
Red Ribbon Week
Parent Survey Open

Thursday, October 29
Red Ribbon Week
Reconciliation - Fifth Grade
Parent Survey Open

Friday, October 30
Red Ribbon Week
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
All Saints Day Celebration
Crusaders of the Month Announced at Mass
Parent Survey Open - LAST DAY!!!!

Fall Fest

SJS 3rd Annual Fall Festival

Festival Date: Friday, October 23rd
Time: 12pm-2pm

For Our Pre-K thru 4th Graders:
We will have games with prizes, face painting, and several inflatables. We will be selling armbands which will include unlimited game play and 4 tickets to be used for refreshments. The armbands will be $10 thru Thursday, Oct. 22nd; $12 on the day of the festival. It is easier for everyone if the kids can get their armbands in the classroom prior to the festival. Tickets will also be sold for $.25 a piece at the Festival for anyone who doesn’t purchase an armband or for additional refreshments. You can begin sending money in now. Please mark the envelope with your child’s name and homeroom teacher. Checks should be made payable to SJS.

For Our 5th-7th Graders:
We will have Field Day behind the Notre Dame Center run by St. Thomas Aquinas Students. Refreshments will be provided.

For Our 8th Graders:
8th Grade has the distinct privilege of hosting the games for Pre-K thru 4th Grade.
All Students:
We ask that everyone please bring in one home-made treat to be sold at the concession stand. You can send them in a Ziploc bag the week of the Fair (Oct. 19th-23rd). Suggestions include: brownies, cookies, rice crispy treats, cupcakes or muffins. If you have an idea for a fun Halloween game, please call Jeanine Wisecarver at 504-616-5556 or Jennifer Tallo 985-687-7830. Thank you in advance for your time.

Parents are welcome!!! We can use any extra volunteers willing to help. Thank you all for your participation!

Inflatables donated by:
J & J Inflatables
Owned and operated by: Chris Strahan and Casey Hendrix

Parent Survey

St. Joseph School is participating the Diocese of Baton Rouge District Accreditation Process. A letter explaining this process was sent home today with oldest student in each family.

Your input is important to St. Joseph and to the Diocese of Baton Rouge during the self-study process. Please take the time to complete the online survey between October 15 and October 30.

To take the survey, simply go to and use the access code attached to the letter you received to log in. Survey codes have been supplied to schools at random. All responses are confidential. Only the group statistics will be reviewed and included in the data reports.

Students who return the enclosed Survey Verification Form by October 31 will receive a special gift from the superintendent! Thank you for your help with this important endeavor.

Accelerated Reader High Point Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were our high point readers for the first quarter:

Skylar Cheek - First Grade - Mrs. James - 7.0
Brilee Broussard - First Grade - Mrs. Brennan - 3.6
Paige Bankston - Second Grade - Mrs. Dufreche - 31.1 - tie
Caroline Casey - Second Grade - Mrs. Dufreche - 31.1 - tie
Claire Cyrus - Second Grade - Ms. Robin - 10.8
Thomas Casey - Third Grade - Mrs. Schenck - 173.6
Elizabeth McRae - Third Grade - Mrs. Casey - 13.6
Joseph Pellittieri - Fourth Grade - Mrs. Naquin - 52.3
Courney Balisteri - Fourth Grade - Mrs. Thomas - 28.7
Emily Ransom - Fifth Grade - Mrs. Gaines - 125.8
Lauren McKneely - Sixth Grade - Mrs. Gaines - 152.2
Jacema Andino - Seventh Grade - Mr. Naquin - 194.3
Emily Buddy - Eighth Grade - Mr. Naquin - 227.9

St. Jude Math-a-Thon

Once again our math students in Grades 4-5-6-7-8 will be particiapting in the St. Jude Math-a-Thon. In the past five years our students have raised almost $30,000 for the patients at St. Jude's. Participation in the Math-a-Thon makes it possible for St. Jude to treat patients regardless of a family's ability to pay.

A flyer is being sent home today with all of the necessary information regarding the Math-a-Thon. Permission slips must be returned Thursday, October 22 or Friday, October 23. Funbooks will be ordered. Students can begin fundraising.

Important dates to remember:

October 21 - Permission slips/information goes home

October 22/23 - Permission slips due.

November 20 - Pledge money due.

Please contact Mrs. Bonnie Naquin for more information.

Hobby Day

Students at St. Joseph will have a Hobby Day on Wednesday, October 28, during Red Ribbon Drug Free Week.

We are in need of interested parents, guardians, and friends who would like to share their hobby interests and information with our students on that date. The time will be 9:00-11:00 in the gym.

Please contact Ms. Mims either at school (985-386-6421) or via email ( if you can help or need more information.

Altar Servers Changes/Training

To all active altar servers:

In the very near future, there will be additional duties during Mass for Altar Servers. The additions are not difficult, but they are critical to the proper celebration of the Mass. You only need to attend one of the training sessions. If you are absolutely unable to attend either of them, please let Mrs. Michele or Mr. Glen know as soon as you can. We are very excited about these changes and think that you will be also! Thank you for your service to God and His people…

Active Altar Server Training: Wednesday, October 28th at 5:30 pm

Sunday, November 1st at 2 pm

St. Joseph Parish News

Life in the Spirit Seminar

Starting this fall, a Catholic Charismatic prayer group will meet at St. Albert Chapel and Student Center on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. The prayer group will kick off with a Life in the Spirit Seminar.

The seminar will begin October 14 and will continue through December 9. It is an introduction to Catholic charismatic spirituallity and a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. Through a series of talks, participants explore faith topics including the basic message of salvation, a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as the potential and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Night for Marriage Enrichment 

On Thursday November 12th from 7 to 8:30 pm in our church, the St. Joseph Marriage Ministry is offering a free presentation for married couples on God's awesome plan for married love. The presentation given by PHS graduate, Jason Angelette will focus on the Church's beautiful teaching on marriage and will concentrate on the body of work from Pope John Paul II as it pertains to authentic love and the steps needed for a joy filled marriage. Couples attending will have the opportunity to win prizes to two local restaurants and to a married couple retreat. Mark you calendars and plan to share the night with us.

Community News


Camp Bearable is a weekend grief therapy camp to help children ages 7-12 cope with the loss of a loved one and provide a healing eperience.

It will be held at Whispering Pines Girls Scout Camp in Independence on November 6-7-8. The cost is $30 per child for all three days. Meals and snacks will be provided.

Children will be divided into age groups for appropriate arta dna grief therapy sessions. The activites are dsigned to help children identify their feelings which may be associated with grief. The activities will also help children to express their feelings and will help to provide tools for them so they can continue to work through their grief in a positive and healthy way.

Camp Bearable is proudly sponosred by the volunteered efforts of Hospice Foundation fo the South, Vital Hospice, St. Joseph's Hospice, and Memorial Hospice and Palliative Care.

For more information, plese contact Kathy Busco wit Hospice Foundation of the South at 985-643-5470.


Charter membership packages are now available for the Louisiana Children's Discovery Center in Hammond. Flyers with detailed information are available in the school office. Additional membership information can be found by calling 985-340-9150.

Prayer for Priests

The Year for Priests 2009-2010

Dear Lord,

We pray that the Blessed Mother wrap her mantle around Your priests and through her intercession strengthen them for their ministry.

We pray that Mary will guide Your priests to follow her own words,
"Do whatever He tells you." (Jn 2:5)

May Your priests have the heart of St. Joseph, Mary's most chaste spouse.

May the Blessed Mother's own pierced heart inspire them to embrace all who suffer at the foot of the cross.

May Your priests be holy, filled with the fire of Your love, seeking nothing but Your greater glory and the salvation of souls.


St. John Vianney, pray for us.

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