Psalm 51

R. (Lk 15:18) I will rise and go to my father. 

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.  

R. I will rise and go to my father. 

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me. 

R. I will rise and go to my father. 

O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. 

R. I will rise and go to my father.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

In introducing you to the new staff over the past three weeks, I left out one very important individual. Fr. Victor Celio O.P. is the new Parochial Vicar. He is replacing Father Ramon Gonzales O. P. who has moved on to a teaching assignment in San Antonio. Fr. Victor is an interesting individual. He is originally from Delaware. He is a registered nurse and worked for many years as a pediatric trauma nurse. Father has given many missions throughout the southern states and South America. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian. Father will say Mass for the students, hear their confessions and assist Father John in any way he can. We welcome Father Victor to St. Joseph and as always look forward to working with him as we continue to prepare the children in their faith. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Current Calendar

Wednesday, September 15
* MidQuarter Reports Online 
* Deficiency Reports Sent Home

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

Tuesday, September 21
* Advisory Council InService in Baton Rouge

Thursday, September 23
* Reconciliation (7th)

Friday, September 24
* Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
* Spirit Dress
* Crusaders Announced at Mass

Tuesday, September 28
* Volleyball Pictures

Thursday, September 30
* Reconciliation (6th)

Fall Fest Shirts - Last Call

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

Picture Day

Invdividual pictures will be taken at St. Joseph on Thursday, September 16. Students are to be in full formal uniforms for the pictures.

Picture packets were sent home earlier this week. If you would like to purchase pictures, please send in your picture packet no later than Thursday, September 16.

Cafeteria News

Please note that the cafeteria menu has changed. Only two choices will be offered for students in Grades 1st through 8th. The current menus on the website are correct.

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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