Psalm 66

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. 

O God, be gracious and bless us
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth
and all nations learn your saving help. 

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. 

Let the nations be glad and exult
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples,
you guide the nations on earth. 

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. 

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.
May God still give us his blessing
till the ends of the earth revere him. 

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.

From the Principal

Dear Parents:


The school was notified this week that Katelyn McKneeley placed first English I in Division V at the State Literary Rally at LSU. Katelyn competed with students from all over the state, most of whom were high school freshmen. We are all extremely proud of Katelyn’s accomplishment and congratulate her English teacher Mrs. Carroll for her work in the English I class.

Last night a large and enthusiastic crowd shared an excellent meal at the Sport Awards Ceremony. Of note were the undefeated Girls Junior Basketball Team that went 14-0 and won the NIAL Championship and the Girls Senior Softball who beat Holy Ghost by the ten run rule in the NIAL Championship and repeated as NIAL champs. Eighth graders Emily Waddell and Jeb Kraft were awarded Athlete of the Year. We thank Mrs. Thomas, our Athletic Director, for her fine work. We thank the parents for their support of the program, and we offer a special thanks to the coaches for their commitment and dedication. Thanks to Dennis Pevey for the bar-b-q chicken. The program ended with the recognition of Mr. Dennis Hebert who fifty years ago was responsible for the beginnings of the sports programs in St. Joseph School and the town of Ponchatoula. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, May 3
Summer Reading Orders Due

Friday, May 5
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
May Crowning
Adopt-a-Child Collection
Crusaders Luncheon
Spirit Dress
Accelerated Reader Deadline

Monday - Friday, May 7-11
Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 7
Eighth Grade Exams - Reading, Science

Tuesday, May 8
Eighth Grade Exams - English, Social Studies

Wednesday, May 9
Eighth Grade Exams - Math

Thursday, May 10
Eighth Grade Breakfast/Promotion Practice

Friday, May 11
Mass @ 8:30
Spirit Dress

Sunday, May 13
Mothers' Day

Monday, May 14
Eighth Grade Awards @ 10:00

Tuesday, May 15
Exams - Grades 6 & 7 - Reading, Science
Eighth Grade Promotion @ 7:00

Thursday, May 17
Exams - Grades 6 & 7 - English, Social Studies
PreK/K Picnic @ 11:00-1:00

Friday, May 18
Exams - Grades 6 & 7 - Math
Spirit Dress
PreK Promotion @ 10:00
Kindergarten Promotion @ 12:30

Monday, May 21
Field Day

Tuesday, May 22
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Awards Ceremony - Following Mass
Fourth Quarter Ends
Last Day for Students

See more plans for the year at CALENDAR


The St. Joseph Catholic School Advisory Council, in agreement with the principal and the pastor, met on Wednesday, May 2, and determined that St. Joseph School will not participate in the Louisiana Scholarship (Vouchers) Program for the 2012-2013 school year.

Reception for Mrs. James

St. Joseph School will host a reception honoring Mrs. Alice James on Saturday, May 5, in the gym following the 5:00 p.m. Mass.

Mrs. James is retiring after 30 years of dedicated service to St. Joseph School. Anyone who has been in Mrs. James' classes, worked with Mrs. James, had children in her classes, or has in any other way been touched through her wonderful years of teaching is invited to attend her reception.

We hope to see you there.

#1 at State Rally!

SJS is excited to announce that Katelyn McKneely has placed first in the state literary rally in English I for Division V schools. Congratulations to Katelyn and her English I teacher, Mrs. Jeri Carroll. Geeeeeeeeaux, Crusaders!

April Crusaders

Crusader - Paige Polito - 8th Grade
Mini Crusader - Jude Dulski - 3rd Grade

Athletic Awards Banquet

Athletes of the Year - Emily Waddell and Jeb Kraft

Volleyball Awards
Most Improved: Lydia Pevey
Coach’s Award: Leigh Fresina
MVP: Emily Waddell

Cross Country Awards
Perseverance Award: Lauren Hebert
Most Improved: Haleigh Habisreitinger
Crusader Award: Holly Guay
MVP: Lydia Pevey

Girls Basketball Awards
Most Improved – Leigh Fresina
Coach’s Award – Emily Waddell
Co-MVP – Allie Amerson
Co-MVP – Lydia Pevey

Boys BasketballAwards
Coach’s Award – James Danley
Best Offensive Player – Reid Lambert
Best Defensive Player – Jacob Schmaltz
MVP – Jeb Kraft

Softball Awards
Coach’s Award: McKenzi McNemar
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Allie Amerson
Most Valuable Offensive Player: Karlee Kraft
MVP: Emily Waddell

Baseball Awards
Most Improved: Michael Alack
Coach’s Award: Jacob Schmaltz
MVP: Jeb Kraft

Track & Field Awards
Coach’s Award – Blair Atkins
Coach’s Award – Leigh Fresina
Most Team Spirit – Emily Waddell
MVP – Lydia Pevey

Cheerleading Awards
Coach’s Award: Savanna Barrient
Coach’s Award: Emily Waddell

Library Books

 8th grade library books are due Monday, May 7, and all other grades' library books are due Thursday, May 10.


Dear Math-a-thon Participants and Parents, 

Thank you so much for participating in the Math-a-thon last school year. Together we donated over $4500 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The students did an outstanding job completing the activity books and collecting donations. We are happy to see the students receive their rewards from all their hard work in today’s Wednesday packet. 

This Friday, May 4, at morning assembly, we will announce the grand total of our donation and present a small plaque to be displayed in the school. The students who participated may wear their Math-a-thon t-shirts with the rest of the regular spirit dress uniform in celebration of our success.
We are so proud of our students for taking this opportunity to serve others as Christ would. 

Jeri Carroll
Stacy Bankston
Beta Club Sponsors

Summer Reading

Summer Reading instructions, lists, and order blanks were sent home with students in each grade, Kindergarten through Seventh.

Please pay close attention to the instructions as they have changes from years past.

The school offers to order the books for parents as a courtesy. If you would like to place an order, please fill out the order blank and return to the school office with payment.

Orders are due Thursday, May 3.

If additional instructions, lists, or order blanks, please check on the options below.








Teacher Appreciation Week

Just a reminder that Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up soon. Roommothers have met and determined the following:

Here is the schedule:

Monday, May 7th: PreK - 3rd will provide "sweets" for the teachers' lounge, 4th will provide 2-liter drinks and cups

Tuesday, May 8th: "Classroom Supply Day" This day is themed for students to bring their teacher miscellaneous supplies used in the classroom. (Ex.: paper clips, staples, post-its, dry erase supplies, tape, etc...)

Wednesday, May 9th: Home and School will provide lunch for the teachers

Thursday, May 10th: 5th - 7th will provide "breakfast" items for the teachers' lounge

Friday, May 11th: Students may bring a teacher appreciation gift to their teachers.

Community News


The annual Hoopsters Basketball Camp will be held at St. Joseph Gym from 9:00-noon on June 11-14. The camp is offered for boys and girls ages 5-10. Cost of the camp is $55. Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt and a basketball. Refreshments will be sold throughout the week.

For more information, please contact Kristi Gill at 985-507-4778.

Registration is due June 1. Registrations received after this date will cost $65. Enrollment is limited. The registration form can be downloaded at HOOPSTERS CAMP.


Football tryouts for Ponchatoula Junior High School will be held on May 9, from 3:45-5:30 at the Ponchatoula Junior High football field. Tryouts are for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders only. You do not need a physical to tryout. You must live at Ponchatoula school district address. Please contact head coach Brett Chatelain at 985-215-9930 for more information.


The Lady Wave Volleyball Team will be having tryouts for the 2012-2013 season on May 14 - 16. High school girls, 9th through 11th grades, will be trying out from 3:00-4:30.

Incoming freshmen, 8th graders now, will try out from 4:30-6:00 on Monday, May 14, and (if needed) on Wednesday, May 16, from 3:15-4:45.

Please contact Coach Long or Coach Amerson with any questions.


Venture Crew 703, sponsored by St. Albert Catholic Student Center, is having a Junior High (5th-8th grades) Dance on Friday, May 11, at 7:00-10:00 p.m. in the St. Albert Auditorium. Eighth grade graduates will be honored. Chaperones will be on hand with a sign-in and sign-out. Venture Crew 703 is a coed youth leadership groups, ages 14-20, trying to earn funds for a trip to New Mexico in 2013. Admission is $7.00/person.


Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home will be participating in the Ponchatoula Citywide Yard Sale Event on Saturday, June 2. All proceeds of our sale will be donated to the Svannah Smiles Organization which assists grievning families with their children's funeral expenses.

This Christian, non-profit organization was formed by the Scharfenstein's in 2006, after the tragic loss of their precious nine-year-old dauagher, Savannah.

Please consider donating your unwanted items, volunteering your time, and/or loaning your rables, racks, and any other supplies to this worthwhile cause. Help us honor the life of Savannah Scharfenstein and continue her legacy of giving to others.

For more information about  Savannah Smiles, please visit or If you would liekt o contribute to this event, contact Martha Thompson at 225-567-1884, or 225-567-2096, or

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. Melancon - 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 - 


June 4-8
8:00 a.m. - noon
St. Joseph Gym
and June 10, 11:00 a.m. for the VBS finale Mass

Participants: Kindergarten through 5th Grades
Volunteers: 5th Grade through 99 years old
*** Nursery and preschool are available only for children of adult volunteers.***

(no child will be denied because of financial hardship - Denise: 985-386-3749 ext 201)
$30 late registration after June 1

Registration: Please visit the church's website to register:

You may bring your payment to the church during office hours (M-F: 9:00-noon & 1:00-4:00) 
or mail to:
          St. Joseph Church - VBS
          PO Box 368
          Ponchatoula, LA 70454

Please make all checks payable to St. Joseph Church

For questions or more information - Denise: 985-386-3749 ext 201.
Please leave a message. You will receive a return call as soon as possible.

Adults of all ages (18 years and older): We need your help!
Please register as a volunteer or call to see how you can help.
Vacation Bible School is not possible without adult support.

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