Psalm 122

R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

I rejoiced because they said to me,
"We will go up to the house of the LORD."
And now we have set foot
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Jerusalem, built as a city
with compact unity.
To it the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD.

R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

According to the decree for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
In it are set up judgment seats,
seats for the house of David.

R. Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.

Calendar for the Week

Monday - Friday, May 7-11
Teacher Appreciation Week

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 
Yearbook Orders Due
PreK Promotion @ 10:00
Kindergarten Promotion @ 12:30

Monday, May 21
Field Day
This is a full day of school. No buses.

Tuesday, May 22
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Awards Ceremony - Following Mass
Fourth Quarter Ends
Last Day for Students 
11:30 Dismissal. No buses.

See more plans for the year at CALENDAR

Library Books

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

May Crowning

The SJS beautiful tradition of May Crowning took place on May 4. Katelyn McKneely and Leigh Fresina acted as honor escorts. Holly Guay crowned Mary. All of the pictures of the ceremony can be seen on the website in Photo Albums at PHOTO ALBUMS.

Mrs. James Is Retiring!

A well-attended reception was held for Mrs. Alice James following the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, May 5. 

Mrs. James is retiring after 30 years of teaching first grade at St. Joseph School. She has touched the lives of many at SJS and has taught multi-generational members of many families. 

Mrs. James will be greatly missed.

Reception pictures may be seen at PHOTO ALBUMS on this website.

The Last Two Days of School

The last two days of school for students will be Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22.

We will not have buses either day. Everyone will be carpool both morning and afternoon.

Monday, May 21, is field day. It is a full day of school. No buses will run. Students may wear their spirit shirts with LONG shorts and any tennis shoes.

On Tuesday, May 22, students will have Mass followed by awards. This is a half day of school with an 11:30 dismissal time. No buses will run. Students are to wear regular uniforms. 

Students who miss the last day of school may pick up their report cards and any awards at the school office between the hours of 8:00 and noon beginning Thursday, May 24.

Yearbook Orders Due

Orders are now being taken for the 2011-2012 yearbooks. Price is $40. This memory book is hardback and in color. Order forms were sent home today. All orders are due to the school office by Friday, May 18.

Community News


BOYS BASEBALL (Metro Try-Outs)
Wednesday, May 16
3:30 pm (at Athletic Park)

Wednesday, May 16
3:00 pm (at PHS)

Monday, May 14
4:30-6:00 pm (PHS main gym)
and Wednesday, May 16 from 3:15-4:45 if needed
Please contact Coach Long or Coach Amerson with any questions.

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.

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. 

Summer 2012
Two sessions: June 24-29 and July 22-27
For boys and girls ages 7-13
Cost is $450/child for overnight or $295/child for day camp (family discounts and installment payments available)
Contact information: Jeff Day @ 225-294-5039 or
Rosaryville is located at 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

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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