Psalm 51

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. 

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. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. 

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
"Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight." 

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. 

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. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. 

Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. 

R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Calendar for the Week

Friday, February 17
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Wild West Spring Fest T-shirt Order Forms Due FAIR T-SHIRT
Wild West Spring Fest Sponsorships Due 
Krewe of Crusaders Parade @ 1:00

Monday-Wednesday, February 20-22
Mardi Gras Holidays - No School

Wednesday, February 22
Ash Wednesday

Thursday, February 23
Classes Resume

Friday, February 24
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Cheer Clinic Registrations Due CHEER CLINIC
Stations of the Cross @ 1:45
Sock Hop @ 7:00-10:00

Sunday, February 26
Organizational Meeting of Crusader Dads @ 4:00 

Monday, February 27
Open House for Prospective Parents

Wednesday, February 29
Math-a-Thon Pledges Due

Thursday, March 1
Penance Prayer Service Grades 3-4-5

Friday, March 2
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress
Stations of the Cross @ 1:45

See more plans for the year at CALENDAR

Krewe of Crusaders Parade

The Krewe of Crusaders parade was set to roll last Friday, but had to be cancelled because we were not blessed with good parade weather. We are very sorry for the inconvenience this caused some people, but no one wanted to risk the children's heath by having them out in the cold, rainy weather.

We look forward with great anticipation to having this parade on our rain date, Friday, February 17, at 1:00 in the church parking lot. 

If for any reason the parade must be cancelled again (we're praying for good weather and ask for additional help with these prayers), we will definitely contact all parents. If you don't hear from us, the parade is rolling on time.

Mardi Gras Holidays

The Mardi Gras holidays for St. Joseph School will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, February 20-22. 

Classes will resume on Thursday, February 23.

We wish everyone a fun and safe Mardi Gras!

Wild West Spring Fest


The shirt cost will be $13.00 for all sizes. 

The t-shirt design is pictured above. 

The order deadline - with NO exceptions - is February 17. 

All orders are final. 

Students will be able to wear the Spring Fest t-shirts every Friday in March before the Spring Fair. 

Order forms have been sent home to every school family, or they be downloaded at FAIR T-SHIRT

Please use a single check made out to St. Joseph H&S. 


The Spring Fair Committee is pleased to announce the return of GoldStar Amusements as our ride company. 

We will again have PAY ONE PRICE ALL WEEKEND pass. The pass will be good for the entire fair (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). These bracelets will be $50.00 each. If you bought every session during the fair individually, it would cost $100. That's half price off the individual session bands!!! 

We are pre-selling ONLY the ALL WEEKEND passess until Friday, March 16. You will be able to redeem your voucher anytime during the fair, but a special line will be set up on Friday from 5:00-6:00 p.m. where the voucher can be redeemed early. We are NOT pre-selling the individual ride sessons. 

Make your check payable to St. Joseph H&S.

Mother Seton Winner

St. Joseph School is pleased to announced the 2011-2012 Mother Seton Award Winner - Veronica Kraft Pierson.

Veronica is a graduate of St. Joseph School (1987). She and her husband Lawrence have just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary. They are the parents of two boys. Logan (SJS 2010) is a sophomore at Ponchatoula High School. His brother Lane is in 6th grade at St. Joseph. Veronica teaches 3rd grade at Springfield Elementary. This is her 17th year as an educator. 

Veronica is a busy volunteer in her church parish, at Ponchatoula High School, and at her school of employment. Some of her activities include:
     • SJS - Home & School member since 2005, Room Mother since 2006, Mother/Son Tailgating       Committee, Strawberry Festival Parking volunteer, Spring Fair volunteer, Advisory Council member (2nd term)
     • St. Joseph Parish – Eucharistic Minister, Vacation Bible School, Lifeteen coordinator and volunteer
     • PHS – FFA Mom, JROTC volunteer, PTA member
     • Springfield Elementary School – “Dollars for Dogs” (fundraiser for K-9 bullet-proof vests – LACOP Foundation) 

Amid all this activity, Veronica makes time to also lead other volunteers in efforts which benefit St. Joseph School. Her positive and upbeat nature inspires others to step up to the plate and help out. She is always goes above and beyond. Veronica can always be counted on for positive, gracious, and untiring volunteerism which makes her a perfect Mother Seton Award recipient. 

The school would like to thank all of the nominees for the award as well as all those who participated by voting for this most important event.

Crusader Dads

The organizational meeting for the Crusader Dads will be on Sunday, February 26, at 4:00 p.m. at Rockefeller's Restaurant on 147 NW Railroad Avenue in Ponchatoula.

More information can be had by contacting Artie Thompson at 985-974-3294 or Jerod Breaux at 504-427-1849.

Cheerleader Clinic

St. Joseph Cheerleaders will be hosting their annual mini cheer clinic for St. Joseph students in PreK - 4th grades on Saturday, March 10, from 9:30-1:00 (with a performance @ 12:30), in the St. Joseph gym.

Cost is $25 and includes a t-shirt and ribbon. Participants will learn a cheer, dance, cheer techniques, and jumps.

Participants should bring their own lunch and drink, but snacks will be provided. 

The form was sent home February 1. It can also be downloaded at CHEER CLINIC. Please return it by Friday, February 24.


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.

It's time to get started on those math problems! The funbooks went home, February 8.

Don't forget to collect pledges. Use the envelope 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.

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.

Stations of the Cross

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22, this year. A special Lenten devotion practiced by St. Joseph School students is the Stations of the Cross.

After Jesus died and rose from the dead, many people reflected upon His passion and death. Pilgrims began to visit Jerusalem and walk in Jesus' footsteps along the street where He walked, which is known as the Via Dolorosa, the way of pain. They stopped along the way and remember what had happened to Jesus. 

As the years passed, the practice spread throughout the world. Many Catholic churches now have the Stations of the Cross along the walls of their churches. Worshippers come to church, pray and move from station to station. This is how we, as followers of Christ, remember His death and resurrection. 

St. Joseph School students in grades 1-8 observe this devotion every Friday in Lent, beginning with February 24. Stations of the Cross begin at 1:45 p.m. All are invited to attend.

A video of St. Joseph students following the stations is available at STATIONS.

Announcing a Sock Hop!

The St. Joseph Home and School would like to invite all 5th - 8th graders to "A Night on the Red Carpet" sock hop on Friday, February 24th, from 7 - 10 P. M.   

Entry is $10 per person, and each St. Joseph student may bring one outside guest for an additional $10.  

Dress to impress as this will be a "Red Carpet" event!   

Pictures will be available in $5 and $10 packages, and snacks will be provided.

Please direct any questions regarding dress code to Mrs. Gaines ( 

Art Coloring Contest

IN THE PICTURE - First Graders Jake Noda and Natalie Frank. Pictures of all the winners can be see in the PHOTO ALBUMS section of this website.

The winners of the art coloring contest conducted during Catholic Schools Week are as follows:

1A - Jake Noda
1B - Natalie Frank

2A - Hanna Bankston
2B - Nickolas Guarneri

3A - Virginia Bell
3B - Annelise Broussard

4A - Maria Guay
4B - Paige Bankston

5A - Aschlen Harborth
5B - Scott Oalmann

6A - Hannah Henderson
6B - Allie Amerson

7 - Ally Seringe

8 - Katelyn McKneely

Alumni Cheerleaders

Six of the twenty cheerleaders at Ponchatoula High School are SJS alumni. 

Posing for pictures at their recent banquet are, from left, former SJS cheerleaders Brittany Cuccia, Jean Girdwood, Erin Pereria, Colleen Atkins, Dani Majeau, and Krystal Waddell.

Community News


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 2012

Title I Parent Center Parent Activities 2012

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.

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.

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