Psalm 90

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge. 

You turn man back to dust,
saying, "Return, O children of men."
For a thousand years in your sight
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night. 

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge. 

You make an end of them in their sleep;
the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
but by evening wilts and fades. 

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge. 

Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants! 

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge. 

Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands! 

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Last night the concrete parking across the street from the gymnasium was poured. A small walkway from the primary building to the playground was also built. The majority of the construction cost was provided though school funds. Many of the problems teachers and students were having with mud being tracked into the school will be solved by that work. The area will also provide an excellent area for the fair in the spring.

Three additional staff members were hired over the summer. Mr. Tommy Brehm is the new maintenance man. I have already indicated the great work he performed in preparing the school for the beginning of the school year. Mr. Tommy has many skills including air conditioning and will save the school significant funds in the future. The school also hired a janitorial worker Mr. Joseph Perez. He will also be able to help with any renovation for the main school building. His main skill is as an electrician.

Finally, the school hired an additional aide for the kindergarten classes. Mrs. Dorothy Piazza has a B. S. degree from Southeastern. She is married to Freddy Piazza. They have a daughter Mia in kindergarten. The kinder teachers are most pleased having an aide to help in class.

Again, I remind parents to be attentive to the work their children bring home. Providing a quite place and time to do their homework not only assures that it will be done, but reinforces in children’s minds the importance of their work in school. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday, September 8
* Magazine Sale ends
* Volleyball games - St. Peter @ SJS - 4:30/5:30

Thursday, September 9
* Penance Prayer Service - grades 6-7-8

Friday, September 10
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
* Spirit Dress
* Sock Hop - grades 5-6-7-8 - 7:00-10:00 p.m. in the gym

Wednesday, September 15
* MidQuarter Reports Online

Thursday, September 16
* Reconciliation (8th)
* Individual Pictures in Uniforms

Friday, September 17
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
* Spirit Dress
* Fall Fest T-shirt Orders Due

Magazine Sale

The Magazine Sale has concluded.

The last day of the sale was Wednesday, September 8. All orders and payments should have been sent in on or before that date. 

If you've not sent in your orders and payments, they need to be returned to the office ASAP.

Prizes are offered for various levels of participation. As a special incentive, all student selling three or more subscriptions/renewals (five for families with multiple children) will attend the BMX bike show to be held on campus later in the school year.

We thank you so much for helping St. Joseph School with your magazine subscriptions/renewals.

Fall Fest T-shirt Orders

Friday, September 17, is the last date to order Fall Fest T-shirts. The order forms were sent home last week and are still available in the office upon request.  Students will be able to wear the Fall Fest T-shirts each Friday in the month of October.

Sock Hop

“Get Back in the Groove”

When: Friday, September 10, from 7 – 10 pm
Where: St. Joseph’s Gym
Cost: $10 (snacks provided free)

St. Joseph’s 5th – 8th grade students may each bring one guest of the same age range. Dress code includes age-appropriate 70’s styles – no strapless outfits, and skirts must be at least uniform length. Jeans are acceptable!

Come join us for a GROOVY time!!

St. Joseph Parish

Rev. John Dominic Sims, O.P. - Pastor
Rev. Victor F.A. Celio, O.P. - Parochial Vicar
Larry J. Melcanon - Deacon

Sunday Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Mass - 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information
Address - 255 North 8th Street (P.O. Box 368), Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Phone - 985.386.3749
Website -

Six Week Book Study
sponored by St. Joseph Marriage Ministry

"Men, Women and the Mystery of Love"
by Edward Sri
Sessions offered on Tuesdays or Wednesday.

* Tuesday Session Dates - 7:00-8:15 p.m.
10/5 - chapel
10/12 - conference room
10/19 - chapel
11/2 - chapel
11/9 - conference room
11/16 - chapel

* Wednesday Session Dates - 6:00-7:15 p.m. - SJS school library
10/6 - 10/13 - 10/20 - 11/3 - 11/10 - 11/17

* Sessions are open to all parishioners, 18 and older, married or single

* The only cost will be cost of the book ($15).

* Contact Maureen Lavastida at 985-386-3137 or email at by
September 22. Please specify which session you prefer.

* Books can by picked up from Heavenly Gifts on September 30.

* Please read chapers 1 and 2 before the first study session.

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