Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5-6

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

He guides me in right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

From the Principal

Dear Parents:

Tomorrow, Thursday is the regular meeting of the Home and School. Please make every effort to attend.

The Mass for All Saints Day was very well attended by parents and grandparents. The church was full. Having all the Saints present was a special treat and we thank Mrs. Dyer, the sixth graders, and their parents for the outstanding work they did to make the celebration so special. Welcome to the preschoolers for their first Mass of the school year. Remember we have Mass every Friday at 8:30 for the student body. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and any one else are invited to attend.

Please be attentive to the materials mailed to you last week. Most Catholic schools have these drives with parents, grandparents and alumni every year. This is an attempt to keep tuition at a minimum. Funds donated to the school are tax deductible on the federal and state income tax. For the first time tuition is deductible on the state income tax. Again, parents who pay state taxes will receive twice the tax deduction for the 2011 school year as they received for 2010. We are asking that a donation of that amount donated to the school in lieu of a tuition increase. A careful reading of the material will fully explain our effort.

Thanks to those who have forwarded the books to us for the school in Baton Rouge. I will bring them to our next principal’s meeting, and I know Sister will appreciate the effort. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday, November 2
Advisory Council Meeting @ 6:30

Thursday, November 3
Reconciliation Grade 5
Home & School Association Meeting @ 6:30 in the Gym

Friday, November 4
Spirit Dress 
Games 2U van (for those selling 6 magazine subscriptions or more)

Tuesday, November 8
Field Trip Grade 6
SJS/Papa John's Pizza Night

Thursday, November 10
Field Trip Grade 8
Field Trip Grade 2
Reconciliation Grade 3
Saints Tickets Turn-In

Friday, November 11
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Adopt-a-Child Collection
Grandparents' Day @ 1:00
Movie Night

Monday, November 14 - Friday, November 18
Book Fair

Wednesday, November 16
Midquarter - Be sure to check Edline.

Friday, November 17
Mass @ 8:30 w/Pilgrims & Indians - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Crusaders Announced
Father/Daughter Dance @ 7:00-9:30

See more plans for the year at Calendar

October Crusaders

Congratulations to our October Crusaders!

Crusader Abby Anderson (6th grade)

Mackenzie Stewart (3rd grade)

Games 2U

The Games 2U van will be on campus Friday, November 4. 

This is the prize won by students in families who sold six or more magazine orders.
We have a list of student earning this prize from the magazine company. The students will take turns playing in the van for about 45 minutes.

Love Those Saints!

We at St. Joseph have been given an exciting opportunity to raffle off two Saints - Club Level - Monday Night Football tickets!

We are asking that our student body get involved by selling ten raffle tickets at $5 each. Of course there will be exciting prizes for the top individual sellers and the classes that sell the most.

The raffle tickets were sent home October 5.

The turn-in date for tickets and all money is November 10.

The prizes for the top three sellers are:

1st place - 8x10 autographed picture of Drew Brees
2nd place - Lance Moore autographed Saints jersey
3rd prize - Jon Vilma autographed mini helmet.

In addition to these individual prizes, we will be awarding a pizza party to the classes that sell the most tickets.

If you'd like to sell more tickets than what is sent home, please contact the school office.

If you can't sell your tickets, please turn them into the office as soon as you can so that others may sell them for you.

SJS/Papa John's Pizza Night

It's time for SJS/Papa John's Pizza Night again!

Mark you calendars for Tuesday, November 8. If you order from Papa John's Pizza that evening and mention the school's name, the school receives a percentage of the proceeds that night.

We've had wonderful response so far, and the school has received a check from Papa John's each time. 

Don't forget that the class with the most orders will win a pizza party, so also leave a teacher's name when ordering. Mrs. Dufreche and Mrs. Curtis's classes have already been rewarded with their parties!

The Book Fair Is Near!

The countdown has begun, and we need volunteers to help launch our most successful Book Fair ever! Our school is conducting an out-of-this-world Fair to encourage reading and raise funds to purchase new books for our library.

A schedule of class attendance at the book fair was sent home again today.

This year we have a new and easy way to volunteer!

Find the time you would like to help using the schedule previously sent home..

Go to

Click on the I’ll be there button for the coordinating time.

Type in your information and confirm.

For additional information contact Jeri Carroll at


Father/Daughter Dance

Make your reservations now for the annual Father/Daughter Dance to be held on Friday, November 18.

All dads are invited to come and enjoy a night out with their little girl. The theme will be Country/Wester wear with prizes for the best-dressed couple. 

There will be music, dancing, food, and drink. The opportunity for pictures will also be available. All grades are welcome.

The dance will be held at the school gym from 7:00-9:00.

The Early Bird Price is $20. This admits one dad and one daughter. Each additional dad/daughter is $5.

At the door the price rises to $30 and $5 for each additional dad/daughter

Special circumstances permit another male figure in student’s life. This may include grandfather, uncle, etc. 

The reservation form was sent home today. It can also be obtained by clicking on reservation form.

Grandparents' Day

Calling all Grandparents!

Grandparents of students at St. Joseph School are invited to our annual Grandparents' Day on Friday, November 11, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the church.

After a short prayer service, grandparents will be able to tour the school, watch programs, take pictures, visit the book fair, and a variety of activities with their grandchildren. 

Please mark your calendars for this most important day!

All Saints' Day

All Saints' Day was Tuesday, November 1. 

The school had its weekly Mass that day. No Mass will be held on the Friday, November 4. 

The sixth grade students dressed as saints and participated in the Mass.

We welcomed our PreK classes who joined us for the first time at Mass.. 

More pictures of our "saints" can be seen in the Photo Albums on this website.

Red Ribbon Week

More pictures of the pep rally and faculty/8th grade volleyball game can be viewed in Photo Albums on this website.

Basketball Schedule

11/14     Harvest     4:00 VG     5:00 JVB     @Home

11/15-17     PJHS Tourney     TBA     VG     @PJHS

11/17-19     SSA Tourney     TBA     VG     @SSA

11/28     SCHEF     4:00 JVG     5:00 JVB     6:00 VB     @Home

11/29     SSA     6:00 VG     @SSA

12/1-3     MDS Tourney     TBA     VB     @MDS

12/5     Northlake     4:00 JVG     5:00 JVB     6:00 VG     7:00 VB     @Home

12/8     St. Peter     4:00 VB     5:00 JVG     6:00 VG     7:00 JVB     @Home

12/14-17     Trafton Tourney     TBA      VB & VG     @Trafton

1/5     Kehoe-France     4:00 VG     5:00 JVB     @Kehoe-France

1/6-7     Trafton/HGS Tourney     TBA     JVB & JVG     @Trafton/HGS

1/9     Christ Episcopal     4:00 VG     5:00 JVB (red)     @Christ Episcopal

1/10     OLL     4:00 JVG     5:00 JVB     6:00 VB     @OLL

1/12     Christ Episcopal     4:00 JVB (white)     5:00 VB     @Home

1/17     Mater Dolorosa     4:00 JVB     5:00 VB     @MDS

1/18     Mary Queen of Peace     4:00 JVG     5:00 JVB     @Home

1/19     Holy Ghost School     4:30 JVB     5:30 JVG     6:30 VB     7:30 VG     @HGS

1/20-21     Northlake Tourney     TBA     VB & VG     @Northlake

1/23     Trafton     4:00 JVG     5:00 JVB     6:00 VG     7:00 VB     @Home

1/26     First Baptist     6:00 VG     @Home

1/30-2/1     JV NIAL Championship     JVB & JVG     @Harvest

2/7-9     V NIAL Championship     VB & VG     @Home

Title I Parent Center Parent Activities

Title I Parent Center Parent Activities


Individual consultations are given daily to parents seeking guidance in improving their children’s academic skills.

Call 985-429-9043 for more information. Limited seating in computer lab sessions. 

November 4 9:00 – 10:00
Helping the Troubled Reader
Hammond Parent Center
Resource Teacher

November 11 9:00 – 10:30
Parenting the Child With ADHD
Hammond Parent Center
Families Helping Families

December 9 9:00 – 11:00
Internet Basics Part 2 – Cut, Copy & Paste
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

December 16 9:00 – 11:00
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

Parish News

Rev. John Dominic Sims, O.P. - Pastor
Rev. Cayet Mangiaracina, O.P. - Parochial Vicar
Rev. J.D. Logan, O.P. - In Residence
Larry J. Melcanon - Deacon

Weekend 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

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