Psalm 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14

R. (Isaiah 45:8) Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. 

I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD ?for he proclaims peace to his people.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land. 

R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. 

Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven. 

R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior. 

The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps. 

R. Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Thank you to Juan and Esmerelda Quiroz, owners of Mi Patio Restaurant ,for their sponsorship of the celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadeloupe last Friday.  The students enjoyed the music of the mariachi band, breaking the pinadas for candy, and the other treats that were offered.  Thanks to Janina George who was very instrumental in the preparations.  The day offered a unique opportunity for the students to participate in the traditions of another culture.

Christmas is approaching quickly, and the joy that comes with the birth of Jesus is right around the corner.  From the faculty and staff of St. Joseph School, we wish you a Holy and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Christmas is a good time to thank you for the entrusting your children with us.  The school children we work with everyday are a credit to you. We all feel privileged to be with them.

Again, I remind you that the time between Christmas and New Years is an excellent time to speak to friends, neighbors, and relatives regarding St. Joseph School. The increase in enrollment has offered us the opportunity to expand our program, our facilities and our staff to better serve the students and their families.  

St. Joseph Open House is February 27th. We would like to introduce the school and all it has to offer to new parents at that time.  The number one recruiting tool we have is our parents.  I ask that you be proactive especially with parents of younger students.  As we grow, we will be better able to serve every child.

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday, December 14
Exams - Grades 6-7-8 - English & Social Studies

Thursday, December 15
Exams - Grades 6-7-8 - Math

Friday, December 16
Spirit Dress
Second Quarter Accelerated Reader Deadline

Sunday, December 18
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 20
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Crusaders Announced
Christmas Program @ 9:30
Christmas Parties @ 10:30
Early Dismissal @ 11:30
No After School Care.

See more plans for the year at CALENDAR

Confetti Eggs

It's time for confetti eggs again!

Please save your eggshells when cooking during the holidays.

To easily clean eggs:
     1. Poke a hole in the top of the egg with a knife.
     2. Peel a small amount of the top of the shell (about the size of a nickel).
     3. Pour out the egg.
     4. Rinse well and air dry.

Cross Country News

Congratulations Lydia Pevey and Sara Lavastida. They were honored as All-Tangi Cross Country Team Members - Junior High Division.

SJS Alumni that named as well were: 
Christie Pevey - Girls 1st Team
Elena Wisecarver - Girls Honorable Mention
Phillip Ernst - Boys - 2nd Team
Timothy Poche - Boys Honorable Mention
Seth Bleakley - Boys Honorable Mention
Lane Perilloux - Boys Honorable Mention.

Mother/Son Tailgate Party

St. Joseph School will have a Mother/Son Tailgating Party on Friday, January 27, from 6-9 P.M. in the school gym.

Dress will be tailgating attire. Wear your favorite NFL or college team's gear.

Food, drinks, inflatables, games, prizes, and a DJ will set the tailgating mood. A photographer to take pictures of the mother/son couples will also be available.

Tickets are $25 per couple and $5 for each additional child.

Please send in check by Friday, January 6, 2011. Memo Mother/Son party on check

We would like to thank the following companies for their generous donations:
     * J&J Inflatables for donating the inflatables
     * Rapid Medical Weight Loss-donating the invitations
     * Crescent Crowne.

Prospective Parents Names

'Tis the season!

It's the season when we ask parents of current St. Joseph students to suggest names of parents of prospective students so that we may send them invitations to our Open House in Februaryy. 

At the Open House, these parents of prospective students can tour the school, see classes in session, meet the faculty, and ask questions about all that St. Joseph has to offer their children.

It's very easy to send names so that the school can mail invitations. Just fill out the form sent home today or click on PARENTS OF PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS FORM, provide the needed information, and send the form to the school office.

We thank you for helping spread the word about St. Joseph School.

Christmas/New Year Holidays

Christmas holidays begin at 11:30 on Tuesday, December 20.

Classes resume on Wednesday, January 4. 
 All students will be carpool. Please follow the instructions of teachers doing carpool duty. 

St. Joseph School wishes everyone a very holy and blessed Christmas as well as a happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 20

Schedule for Tuesday, December 20:

7:35 ..... School begins.

8:30 ..... Mass. 

9:30 ..... (or after Mass) Christmas Program in the gym.

10:30 ..... Christmas parities in the classrooms.

11:30 ..... Dismissal.

No after school care will be offered on this day. Students may wear spirit dress. 

Classes resume Wednesday, January 4. THERE WILL BE NO BUSES ON THIS DAY. All students will be carpool. Please follow the directions of the teachers on carpool duty.

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

Community News


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


Venture Crew 703 is sponsoring a junior high dance at St. Albert Catholic Student Center on January 7, from 7-10 P.M. The dance is for students in sixth through eighth grades. Adequate adult supervision and clean music will be provided. The DJ is Christopher Hudspeth from Sound Waves DJ System.

The Venture Crew is a non-profit organization of youth ages 14-21. It is a branch of Boy Scouts and promotes the better development of youth into adults.

For further information, contact Christopher Hudspeth at or 225-294-8586. Information can also be had by contacting Laurie Jernigan at 225-294-2318.

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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