Psalm 97

R  The Lord is king, the most hgh over all the earth.

The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice;
     let the many islands be glad.
Justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.     R

The heavens proclaim his justice,
     and all peole see his glory.
All gods are prostrate before him.     R

You, O Lord, are the Most High over all the earth,
     exalted far above all gods.     R

From the Principal


Dear Parents,

Congratulations to our new alumni as they take their different paths over the next years. I know that just as our graduates in the past have gone on to distinguish themselves and bring honor to the school, they will also make their parents and teachers proud.

This year we have two teachers who are retiring. They have served the Church in Catholic schools for many years and deserve recognition for their work with our families.

Mrs. Bonnie Naquin has taught in Catholic schools for thirty years. She is one of those fortunate people who always knew what she wanted to do. She graduated from Nicholls State University in 1979 in Elementary Education and immediately went to work.

In the fall of that year she took a teaching position at St. Philomena in Labadieville which is just north of Thibodaux. She spent the first ten years of her career at St. Philomena where she taught a self-contained third grade class.

In the fall of 1989 she had an opportunity to move to another school located in Houma. She spent ten years at St. Bernadette where she taught fourth grade.

In August 1999 her husband’s job moved her to Ponchatoula. She was hired as a fourth grade teacher and worked in that position for five years. Six years ago she moved to upper grade math. She has served the St. Joseph School community for eleven years well over those years.

Mrs. Naquin told me that she knows that over the years she has taught over a 1000 students. She said she will miss the camaraderie of her fellow teachers. There are other things she will miss and I quote, “It’s the little things I will cherish and miss the most – the ‘lights’ that go off when a child finally grasps a difficult concept; the child who helps a classmate not realizing that I see the act of kindness; the little quips that bring a smile to your face.”

We thank Mrs. Naquin for her service, but we do have her phone number. I am sure that you will see her around the school again. We wish her well in her retirement.

In Mrs. Loraine Brennan’s long and illustrious career, she has taught and served as principal in a number Catholic schools. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles and a Masters in Supervision and Administration at Southeastern. She has taught and been an administrator for forty-three years, thirty-six in Catholic schools.

I have I have been fortunate to have known Mrs. Brennan for the last sixteen years of her service. Mrs. Brennan served as a fellow principal for ten years in the Archdiocese of New Orleans as principal at St. Charles Borromeo in Destrehan. She later served as principal three years at Mater Dolorosa in Independence. Then she became smart and went back to the classroom. Mrs. Brennan has taught at St. Joseph one year as a fourth grade teacher and the last five in the first grade.

Mrs. Brennan’s work has been recognized numerous times. She received the National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Principal Award in 1997, the Diocese of Baton Rouge Distinguished Catholic Elementary Teacher in 2004, and the Archdiocese of New Orleans Order of St. Louis Medallion in 1982 for service to the church.

We thank Mrs. Brennan for her service. She has touched thousands of individuals through her work throughout her career. I believe the most impressive attribute of Mrs. Brennan is her kindness. She loves the children.

Mrs. Brennan has two children and six adorable grandchildren, so I am sure they will occupy much her during her retirement.

We wish also to thank Ms. Sheila for her service to the school for the past eleven years. We wish her well in her new home in Tennessee.

Since this is the last bulletin to go out this year. We pray that you have a safe and restful summer and return to us in the fall ready to take on new challenges. 

Plese refer to the website over the summer for important back-to-school informaiton.

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calender for the Week

Thursday, May 19
Last full day for PreK & K

Thursday, May 20
6th-7th Exams - Math
PreK & K Picnic @ 11:00-1:00 at Memorial Park

Friday, May 21
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Yearbook Orders Due
Kindergarten End-of-the-Year Celebration @ 10:00 in Gym
PreK End-of-the-Year Celebration @ 12:30 in Gym 

Saturday, May 22
Recycle Uniform Sale @ 10:30-12:30 in Cafeteria

Monday, May 24
Field Day - Students may wear (long) shorts with Spirit shirts & their own tennis shoes. 
Retirement Parties for Mrs. Naquin and Mrs. Brennan @ 1:15 in the classrooms.
This is a regular dismissal day.

Tuesday, May 25
Last Day of School for Students - Wear formal uniforms.
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Awards Ceremony following Mass. - All are invited to attend.
Dismissal is at 11:30. There will be no buses. Two carpool lines will be worked.

Cody Schmaltz - Valedictorian

Cody Schmaltz, SJS 2006, has been name a 2009-2010 Valedictorian at. Ponchatoula High School. 

Cody will attend Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond where he will major in biology/pre-vet. He plans to become a veterinarian..

Cody's parents are Denise LaTour and Rodney Schmaltz.

Advisory Council Members

The St. Joseph School Advisory Council welcomes back Veronica Pierson and Christie Atkins for another three-year term on the Council. Joining the Council new this year will be Jerri Pevey. 

We thank all those who so willing agreed to run and those who returned their ballots. Response was tremendous.

Girls' Basketball

Coach Trisha Landaiche has announced her 2010-2011 SJS Girls's Basketball Teams. Members are as follows:

Grayson Boudreaux
Jennifer Brescher
Morgan Fontenot
Leigh Fresina
Abigail vonAlmen
Emily Waddell

Allie Amerson
Blaire Atkins
Jayden Bethelot
Emily Hines
Karlee Kraft
Haleight Laylle
Kennedy Martin
Claire-Chapin Perilloux
Lydia Pevey
Mallory Vining

Girls' Volleyball

Coach George Waddell has announced his 2010-2011 SJS Girls's Volleyball Teams. Members are as follows:

Shelby Bagby
Leah Dahmer
Morgan Fontenot
Leigh Fresina
Claire Lavastida
Dani Majeau
Abigail vonAlmen
Emily Waddell
Krystal Waddell

Allie Amerson
Blaire Atkins
Jayden Berthelot
Jourdan Cheek
Elise Girdwood
Karlee Kraft
Haleigh Laylle
Kennedy Martin
Lydia Pevey
Andee Poche
Mallory Vining

Recycle Uniform Sale

St. Joseph School will hold a recyle uniform sale on Saturday, May 22, from 10:30-12:30, in the school cafeteria.

Don't forget to donate your old uniforms.

Retiring - Mrs. Bonnie Naquin

At the end of this school year, I will retire from teaching after 31 years. It has been an honor and a privilege to teach at St. Joseph School. Through my 11 years of teaching here at St. Joseph, I have grown in my profession and never stopped learning. 

I extend a special thank-you to the many students, parents, grandparents, faculty, and staff. I will pray to God and enlist His help and guidance for this crossroads in my life. 

May god bless you all!

-- Mrs. Bonnie Naquin

** NOTE ** 
A retirement party will be held for Mrs. Naquin in her classroom on Monday, May 24, beginning about 1:15. All are invited to attend.

Retiring - Mrs. Lorraine Brennan

As I come to closure on these past 41 years in the field of education, I look back at all of the wonderful people, children and adults, I have met, and what they taught me about love and life. Thank you!

In particular, I wish to mention my last five years here at St. Joseph. You see, St. Joseph has been a part of my life since my early education begin with St. Joseph and then, later on, through four years of high school at St. Joseph Academy. Later on, as my husband and I travelled around the state with his job, we kept encountering St. Joseph churches and schools. 

What a better place to close this chapter than right here at St. Joseph Catholic School in Ponchatoula. Oh, the prayers that were answered through his intercession!

And now, may the Lord bless you and hold you in the palm of his hand.

-- Mrs. Lorraine Brennan

** NOTE **
A retirement party for Mrs. Brennan will be held in her classroom on Monday, May 24, beginning about 1:15. All are invited to attend.

The Last Two Days of School

Monday, May 24
Field Day - Students may wear (long) shorts with Spirit shirts & their own tennis shoes. 
Lunch will be served.
Retirement Parties for Mrs. Naquin and Mrs. Brennan @ 1:15 in the classrooms.
This is a regular dismissal day.

Tuesday, May 25
Last Day of School for Students - Wear formal uniforms.
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Awards Ceremony following Mass. - All are invited to attend. 
No lunch will be served.
Dismissal is at 11:30. There will be no buses. Two carpool lines will be worked.

Report Cards will be distributed the last day of school. If a student misses the last day, his/her report card will be available for pick up in the office beginning Thursday, May 27, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. We do not mail report cards.

Vacation Bible School

Baobab Blast is the gathering of the summer! Mark your calendars and grab your gear. This is an event packed with rockin' music, energy-packed games, and amazing Bible stories.

Date: July 12-16
Time: 8:00 a.m. till noon
Who: You! Kindergarten through 6th Grade

Don't forget to ask Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts, and Uncles to join us!

Registration is currently open.

$25 per child (late registration after June 30 will be $30), however no child wil be denied because of financial hardship.

Register online at


Register at the church office.

For more information, please contact:
Denise Arnondin

Adults Only

Adults from ages 18 years to 118 years are needed to help with Vacation Bible School at St. Joseph Parish.

Volunteers need to be available July 12-16 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Through the Diocesan policy to keep our children safe, a small child/adult ratio is in place. 

For the most part, the teens will lead the small groups. We need adults to follow the groups around so that things run smoothly.

Registrations can be made online at or at the church office.

For more information, please contact:
Denise Arnondin

Community News

Are you looking for child care for the summer? Stay-at-home mom offering quality child care in her home for the summer and beyond. If you are interested or have questioins, please contact Theresa Labat at 985-635-2228 or 504-710-6676. Located in Bon Aire Estates.

June 19 at Ponchatoula High School
Presenting NFL & LSU players
Ages 6-13 from 8:00 a.m. till noon
Agres 14-18 from 1:00-5:00 p.m.
T-shirt & food provided to participants
Registration forms:
Mail to: 
499 South 4th Street
Ponchatoula LA 70454
Deadline: May 31, 2010
Eddie Stoulig 985-969-5434


Looking for swim lessons? Starting on May 31st lessons will be offered in 3, two week sessions, Monday - Thursday, for 45 minutes, 9am - 12noon. The cost will be $120/session. Students will be placed in classes according to ability and age.

Also, for infants and toddlers(3) there will be a parent/child class meeting 2 days/week. The cost will be $50/session. Please call for more information. Maureen Lavastida 985-386-3137


Hoopsters Basketball Camp will be held June 14-17 from 9:00-noon in the St. Joseph Gym. The camp is open to girls ages 5-12 and boys ages 5-10.

Early registration is $50. Late registration is $60.

Enrollment is limited.

Each camper will rceive a camp t-shirt and basketball. Refreshments will be solde throughout the week.

Registration forms are available in the school office.

More information can be had by contacting Kristi Gill at 985-507-4778 


Monday - Thursday, June 7-10
Boys and girls ages 10-14

Tuesday - Friday, june 1-4
Boys and girls ages 6-10

Contact Coach Errol Gauff at 985-542-7662 or for more information. Registration forms are available in the school office.

Pre-registration  for PHS Soccer will be held on Monday, May 24 @ 7:00 p.m. in the PHS library.
All interested new players, including incoming freshmen, are encouraged to attend. Please email for more information.


Tangipahoa's best kept secret is back!

Rosaryville will again sponsor its summer camp for boys and girls ages 8-12.

Two sessions will be held this summer: June 20-15 and July 18-23. This promises to be a fun-filled week of activities gearred to developing body, mind, and spirit.

The cost is $395 per child for overnight stays. Day camp is $265. Family discounts are available for two or more children attending the same camp.

There is limited space, so plans should be made now to reserve a spot.

More information can be had by contacting Jay Day, camp director, at 225-294-5039. The website also contains information..

Rosaryville is located at 39003 Rosaryville Raod in Ponchatoula. 


Kay Butler and Selisa Hue present their Summer Drama Workshop, "With a Gleeful Heart" from May 31-June 12 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Ponchatoula High School. First through twelfth grade students will be accepted.

Cost is $250 for the first child and $200 for each additional child from the same family. Early application (before May 15) will get a $25 savings on tuition price. Space is limited.

Registration forms are in the office. More information can be obtained from contacting
Selisa Hue
% Jitterbug Productions, Inc.
215 N 4th Street
Ponchatoula, LA 70454


Ages 3-18 at Oak Knoll Country Club. Registration forms are in the office. More information can be had by contacting Abrie de Pooly at 985-542-5756 ext 103 or 985-534-6229 (cell).

St. Joseph Parish News


Saturday evening at 5:00

Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:30

Sunday evening at 5:00 

St. Joseph Parish Website


Eucharistic Adoration is available in the chapel every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. If you wish to sign up for a specific hour, please contact either Laurie Perrin at 985-386-3016 or Wayne Vedeckis at 225-294-6631.

Procedures exist to ensure that the Blessed Sacrament is not left unattended when someone cannot be present during a scheduled hour of adoration.

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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