Psalm 16

R You are my inheritance, O Lord!

O Lord, my allotted Portion and my Cup,
     You it is who hold fast my lot.
I set the Lord ever before me;
     with Him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. R

Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
     my body, too, abides in confidence;
because You will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
     nor will You suffer Your faithful one to undergo corruption. R

You will show me the path to life,
     fullness of joys in Your presence,
     the delights at Your right hand forever. R

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Grandparents' Day, held November 13, was a huge success! We thank the many, many grandparents who came to visit our campus last Friday.

An estimated 400 grandparents attend the prayer service in the church at 1:00.

Grandparents then met with their grandchildren either in the PreK, Kindergarten rooms or in the gym. From there they fanned out to visit classrooms, meet teachers, watch presentations, take pictures, have refreshments, or shop at the bookfair.

Many pictures of our students with their grandparents are on the school website in Photo Albums. Please visit the site to see if your special grandparents are featured.

St. Joseph School will be closed next week, November 23-27, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holidays. We wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving and count our own blessings for our wonderful students and parents.

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

 Wednesday, November 18
Midquarter Reports - Deficiency Reports
Thanksgivng Food Drive Continues

Thursday, November 19
National Appreciation Day for Principals
Thanksgivng Food Drive Last Day 
Thanksgiving Program Following Morning Assembly

Friday, November 20
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited.
Pilgrims & Indians Mass
Crusaders of the Month Announced

Monday, November 23 - Friday, November 27
Thanksgiving Holidays

Monday, November 30
Students Resume Classes
Blessing of Advent Wreaths @ Morning Assembly 

Friday, December 4
Math-a-Thon Money Deadline
Pictures with Santa

Destination Book Fair

Dear Parents and Families:

The Scholastic Book Fair is going on now and continues through Friday, November 20.

We will have a Family Night on Thursday, November 19.

There will also be a brand new special event called
Christmas Club
on Friday, November 20,
where parents can shop without their children to make those "special purchases."

Help us connect your kids with books they want to read!
Destination Book Fair brings a week-long celebration of reading to our school.

Parents and family are so influential that we hope you will join us on our quest to encourage your young readers.

Thanksgiving Drive


SJS Student Council is sponsoring a food drive to help the less fortunate in our community this Thanksgiving. The food drive will take place from Thursday, November 12 through Thursday, November 19. All food donations will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at St. Joseph Church.

Boxes labeled with each grade level will be placed in the gym, and students may drop off their donations when they arrive at school in the mornings. Listed below are the categories that each grade level has been asked to bring.

PreK & Kindergarten - cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, biscuit mix, cornbread mix

1st Grade - breakfast cereal, grits, oatmeal, etc.

2nd Grade - canned fruit

3rd Grade - juice, condensed or evaporated milk, tea bags

4th Grade - canned soup, soup mix, gravy mix, canned fish or meat

5th Grade - rice, pasta, dry beans, instant potatoes 

6th Grade - canned vegetables

7th Grade - sugar, flour, cornmeal, other baking ingredients

8th Grade - canned fruit or vegetables

Each grade has been asked to bring food from a certain category so that a variety of items will be donated. If you would like to donate food items that do not fall into your child's designated category, that is absolutely okay. Please make sure that all donated food is non-perishable. We thank you in advance for your generosity. May God continue to bless you and your families.

Father/Daughter Dance

Father/Daughter Dance

Friday, December 11

$20 per dad/daughter in advance
$5 for additional daughter(s)

$30 per dad/daughter at door
$5 for additional daughter(s) at door

Food and drink are provided.

Theme is
"She's a Keeper!"

Wear your hunting/fishing attire!
There's a prize for the best-dressed family!

Thanksgiving Program

On Thursday, November 19, immediately following morning assembly in the gym, the PreK and First Grade students will present their annual program with Thanksgiving songs and recitations. The Third Grade recorder players will also perform. 

The program will be short, lasting less than 30 minutes.

Everyone is invited to attend.


St. Jude Math-a-Thon (Grades 4-5-6-7-8) Notice:

Math-a-Thon books were received too late in order to turn in pledge money on the previously-set date, November 20.

Therefore, the deadline for turning in pledge money is Friday, December 4.

Santa Pictures

Santa will be at St. Joseph School on Friday, December 4, for pictures. If you'd like your child's picture taken with Santa, a form has been sent home with today's papers. Fill out the form and return it to the office with your payment.

Confetti Eggs

It's time for confetti eggs again!

Please SAVE your egg shells for the fair.

Save your eggshells when cooking and baking for the Thanksgiving holidays!

To easily clean eggs:
1.   Poke a hole in the top of the egg with a knife.
2.   Peel a small amount of the top of the shell (about the size of a nickel).
3.   Pour out the egg.
4.   Rinse well and air dry.

This is just a friendly reminder to SAVE egg shells. Please do not send eggshells to school.           Egg shells will be collect on a date to be announced.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

We are gathered here as Your family, Oh Lord.

As a family of faith and love,
     we give You thanks.

As Your guests at the table of life,
     we are grateful that You have set a place for us.

As Your children,
     we strive to follow You in all we do.

As servants to Your will,
     we acknowledge the gift of Your understanding and mercy.

As your stewards,
     we are filled with wonder in the presence of Your mighty deeds
     and accept our responsibilities in Your service.

As Your heirs,
     we are humbled by the beauty You have given us
     for each beat of our heart and each breath that we have
     in ours only through Your grace.

And, as Your family, we shout Your name
     and give You all glory and honor, praise and thanks.


St. Joseph Parish News

Parish Website

Mass Schedule

Saturday evening at 5:00

Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:30

Sunday evening at 5:00

Annual Christmas Card Drive for Prisoners
Christmas cards are needed for prisoners at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for inmates to mail to their families and friends. Please bring new Chritmas cards and drop them off in the kitchen near the Narthex of the Church no later than December 3. This year we are also asking for postage stamps since it is diffcult for the prisoners to purchase their own stamps. We will then hand these cards and postage stamps over to Deacon Nat Garofalo who will deliver the cards and stamps to the prisoners. It you have any questions, please call Deacon Larry at 386-3749..

Knights of Columbus Blood Drive
The annual Knights of Columbus blood drive will be held on Sunday, December 6, from 8:00 a.m. till noon. The Bloodmobile will be parked in the church parking lot for your convenience during the morning Masses.
There is an accute shortage of blood. As a community, it is important for us to support the Blood Center and our area hospitals. The Blood Center provides blood to over 30 hospitals in Southeast Louisiana.

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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