Psalm 117

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Praise the LORD, all you nations;
glorify him, all you peoples!

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, January 26
Reconciliation Grade 7

Friday, January 27
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Math-a-Thon Permission Slips Due
Mother/Son Tailgate Party 6:00-9:00

Sunday, January 29 - Saturday, February 4
Catholic Schools Week

Monday, January 30
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Support Staff Appreciation Day

Tuesday, January 31
Teacher Appreciation Day
Crazy Sock Day ($1.00)

Wednesday, February 1
Nation Day
Wear red/white/blue with blue jeans and uniform shoes/socks
Assistant Principal Day

Thursday, February 2
Vocations Day
Religion Fair

Friday, February 3
Student Day
Spirit Dress

See more plans for the year at CALENDAR

Beta Club Induction Ceremony

The SJS Junior Beta Club induction ceremony will be held on Friday, February 10, in the church immediately following the school Mass. 

A small reception for the families of the new inductees will following in the gym.

Catholic Schools Week

St. Joseph School will join in nation in celebrating Catholic Schools Week January 28 – February 3.

This year's theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service".

Events for the week will be as follows:

* Saturday/Sunday - essays on the importance of Catholic education will be read at all Masses by selected 8th grade students.
* Saturday/Sunday - a bulletin insert thanking parishioners for their support to SJS

* Monday - Community Day
* Monday - daily reading by a student
* Monday - CSW zipper pulls distributed to all stude
* Monday - prizes given to two lucky students 
* Monday - 8:30 school Mass
* Monday - Crusaders announced
* Monday - Distinguished Graduate will speak to students following Mass
* Monday - drawing/coloring contest begins
* Monday - thank you notes to our support community

* Tuesday - Faculty, Staff, Volunteer Days
* Crazy Sock Day - Students bring $1.00 and wear crazy socks with uniforms. Money raised will go to Catholic Charities.
* Tuesday - daily reading by a student
* Tuesday - acknowlegement of support staff members
* Tuesday - prizes given to two lucky students
* Tuesday - National Teacher Appreciation Lunch compliments of Home & School
* Tuesday - Distinguished Graduate dinner

* Wednesday - Nation Day
* Wednesday - Everyone wears red, white, and blue (with blue jeans/uniforms shoes/socks) 
* Wednesday - daily reading by a student
* Wednesday - prizes given to two lucky students
* Wednesday - assistant principal acknowledgement
* Wednesday - thank you notes to parents

* Thursday - Vocations Day
* Thursday - Religion Fair
* Thursday - daily reading by a student
* Thursday - prizes given to two lucky students
* Thursday - thank you cards to clergy

* Friday - Student Day
* Friday - spirit dress
* Friday - daily reading by a student
* Friday - prizes given to two lucky students
* Friday - winners of coloring/drawing contest announced
* Friday - Neighbors Way Award winners acknowledged
* Friday - no school Mass
* Friday - Diocesan Mass in Baton Rouge (school represented)
* Friday - special student activity

Confetti Eggs

It's time for confetti eggs again! The Spring Fair is scheduled for March. It'll be here before we know it. Every year we ask for eggshells to be used at the very popular confetti egg booth. 

Please save your eggshells when cooking.

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.


St. Joseph School is excited to participate in the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Math-a-Thon program. The Math-a-Thon will be sponosred by the Junior Beta Club, and participation is open to any student in grades 1-8.

Math-a-Thon is a free educational program that teaches our kids the importance of math skills while helping others in need. This year's Math-a-Thon kicked off today, Wednesday, January 18. This morning students watched a video that showed them how they can help kids at St. Jude.

If you want your student to take part in the St. Jude Math-a-Thon, follow the instructions below:

1 - Get permission. Fill out and sign the permission slip sent home in last week's Wednesday Packet (forms can also be obtained for the office) and return it by Friday, January 27.

2 - Get sponsors. Ask family, friends, grandparents, and other people you know to sponsor by making a flat donation, a per page donation, or a per problem donation. Checks should be made out to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

3 - Do the math! Have fun filling out your Funbook! Students will receive their Funbok 1-2 weeks after the permission slips are returned (remember, permission slips are due Friday, January 27).

4 - Collect pledges. Use the envelop to collect your pledges from your sponsors. Return it along with your pledges to school by the deadline on Wednesday, February 29. If you are fundraising and working problems on Math-a-Thon online, be sure to print your total online donations and turn them in with this form. Checks should be made out to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Of course, the best reward for participating is knowing your family has made a difference in the lives of children suffering from cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The added bonus is that Math-a-Thon will help sharpen math skills just in time for Terra Nova testing.

To learn more about St. Jude, visit For additional information regarding the Math-a-Thon program and a complete list of prizes, please visit

Through Math-a-Thon, you and your child make it possible for St. Jude to treat patients regardless of a family's ability to pay.

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. Tickets sold at the door will be higher in price.

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.


Need Cafeteria Worker

The cafetria is looking for a part-time worker, Hours are from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Please contact Gwen Klein in the cafeteria for details.

Prospective Parents Names

Now's the time 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 on February 27.

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.

Wild West Spring Fest 2012

The Fair Committee is sending home a packet to provide families with an early look at all information needed for planning for the Wild West Spring Fest 2012 on March 23, 24, 25.

The packet contains scheduled events, items for purchase, contests, entertainment, etc. Required deadlines on each item are also shown. These deadlines are necessary in order to meet planning, scheduling, and production limitations.

The t-shirt design is shown above. T-shirt orders are due Friday, February 17.

Raffle tickets will be sent home to each family on Wednesday, February 1.

Detailed fair information can be obtained at the FAIR tab on this website.

Community News

On February 3-4, Crop Celebration will be hosting its Fifth Annual Scrapbooking Event held in Hammond. 

Crop Celebration is a scrapbooking event held to raise money for the Restoration Resource Pregnancy Center (Restoration House) that is located in Hammond. The Crop has vendors, silent auctions, door prizes and "big ticket" raffle items. Participants can buy food from a caterer, take classes, shop, and create. 

The Restoration House is a non-profit organization which relies solely upon donations. It costs $250 per DAY to keep the Restoration House operational. They receive no government funding because if they did, they would not be able to share the message of God with each and every client that walked through their doors. 

To find out more about this organization, please visit EVERY SINGLE penny made from Crop Celebration goes directly to the Restoration House! To date, Crop Celebration has raised over $25,000! Think about how many babies' lives were saved! 

If you or anyone you know would like to register for this event, please visit If you would like any further information on how to get involved with this event or how to get involved with the Restoration House, please feel free to email Jeri Bankston at

Walk-in registration for youth baseball/softball will be held each Saturday in February from 9:00-noon.

The final registration will be Saturday, March 3, from 9:00-noon at the Recreation Park Gymnasium on Hoover Road. (NOT the Community Center)

Forms received after March 3rd will be put on a waiting list and will contacted if a spot becomes available.

The registration fee for boys baseball for ages 9-19 is $75.00

The registration fee for T-ball, Coach Pitch, and Softball for ages 5-18 is $60.00.

Registration forms are available in the SJS office.

Title I Parent Center Parent Activities

Title I Parent Center Parent Activities 2012

Call 985-429-9043 for additional information.

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.

January 27 9:00 – 11:00
Computer Fun with Photos Using Word, Part 2
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

February 3 9:00 – 11:00
Introduction to Excel
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

February 10 9:00 – 11:00
Excel Basics
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High 

February 17 9:00 – 11:00
Introduction to PowerPoint
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

February 24 9:00 – 11:00
PowerPoint Basics
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

March 2 9:00 – 11:00
Introduction to Publisher
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

March 9 9:00 – 11:00
Publisher Basics
Technology Dept. Lab
Technology Resource Teacher
Hammond Jr. High

May & June Summer Workbooks PreK to K through Gr. 7 to 8

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.

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., 11:00 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 -

The St. Joseph Altar Committee is looking for children (grades 3-12) to play the role of saints for St. Joseph Altar. The Altar will be held on March 18. The children will be asked to participate in the rosary procession, Mass, and feeding of the saints.

Children must furnish their own costumes. A short practice will be held on Monday, March 12, at 6:00 pm in the gym. 

Anyone interested in participating should contact Fay Murray at 985-386-8151 or the church office at 985-386-3749.

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