Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Hear, O LORD, a just suit;
attend to my outcry;
hearken to my prayer from lips without deceit.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

My steps have been steadfast in your paths,
my feet have not faltered.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me; hear my word.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings.
But I in justice shall behold your face;
on waking, I shall be content in your presence.

R. Lord, when your glory appears, my joy will be full.

Calendar for the Week

Monday, November 14 - Thursday, November 17
Cutest Baby Picture (of Teachers) Contest

Monday, November 14 - Friday, November 18
Book Fair
Food Drive Collection

Wednesday, November 16
Midquarter - Be sure to check Edline.
Dress-up Day for Grades 1-4 

Thursday, November 17
Thanksgiving Program Presentation by PreK and First Grades
Family-a-Fair Shopping at the Book Fair 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 18
Mass @ 8:30 w/Pilgrims & Indians - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Crusaders Announced
Christmas Club Book Fair Shopping - Adults Only - after Mass till 11:00 a.m.

Monday, November 21 - Friday, November 25
Thanksgiving Holidays

Sunday, November 27
First Sunday of Advent

Monday, November 28
Classes Resume
Blessing of Advent Wreaths 

Tuesday, November 29
Basketball Pictures

See more plans for the year at CALENDAR

Book Fair

The Book Fair is in full swing!

The Book Fair will be open for student shopping on Wednesday and Thursday.
Family-a-Fair Night will be Thursday, November 17, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with shopping and fun for the whole family.

Christmas Club shopping will be Friday, November 18, after Mass until 11:00 a.m. This time is reserved for adults only who want to keep their Christmas purchases secret.

Of course students will shop at their designated times during the school day. 
See you all at the Book Fair!


Cutest Baby Picture Contest

Beta Club is sponsoring the cutest baby picture contest! 

Teachers were invited to bring in their baby pictures, and next week students will be voting on which picture is the cutest.  

All you have to do is bring some change and put it in the bucket of the snapshot you think is best.  

All the change will be donated to the One for Books Fundraiser that will allow St. Francis Xavier School to purchase brand new books from our Book Fair.  Scholastic will also match the money to give books to Toys for Tots.  

The contest will started Monday, November 14 and will continue through Thursday, November 17.  Don't forget to bring your change!

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

SJS Student Council is sponsoring a food drive to help the less fortunate in our community this Thanksgiving.

This food drive will take place from Monday, November 14, through Friday, November 18. 

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 place din the gym. Students may drop off their donations when they arrive at school in the morning. 

Listed below are the categories that each grade level is being asked to bring if possible:

PreK & K - cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, biscuit mix, cornbread mix, etc.

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, etc.

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

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

The date of the Father/Daughter Dance has been moved to Friday, December 2.

Make your reservations now for the annual Father/Daughter Dance to be held on Friday, December 2.
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. This reservation form has the "old" date on it, but it can still be used.


Grandparents' Day

Grandparents' Day last Friday was a rousing success!

The church and school were crowded with grandparents and their grandchildren taking pictures, touring the classrooms, enjoying cookies, punch, and coffee, and visiting the book fair.

We thank our grandparents for visiting St. Joseph School.

Pictures from Grandparents' Day can be viewed in the PHOTO ALBUMS section of the website.

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. 

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

Community Activities


The Octavian Foundation for the Arts presents A Christmas Carol on December 16-18.

Several St. Joseph students are performing in this production.

All performances are at St. Albert the Great Student Center at 409 West Dakota Street in Hammond.

Performances will be on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for students, and $3 for children age 6 and under. 

"Cookies with the Cast" will be available after the Saturday matinee. Tickets for this are $6 (plus the regular admission). Reservations are strongly recommended.

For tickets call 225-294-8678 or visit the website at


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
Website -

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