Psalm 32

R. Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own. 

Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp,
with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs.
O sing him a song that is new,
play loudly, with all your skill. 

R. Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own. 

For the word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.
R. Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own. 

They are happy, whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen as his own.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you. 

R. Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Mrs. Little and I were most pleased to attend the presentation of the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement Medal to Taylor Ransom, alumnus of St. Joseph School (2009), at Ponchatoula High School this morning. The Legion of Valor of the United States of America, Inc., sponsors this award to stimulate development of leadership, and gives the award annually for achievement of scholastic excellence in military and academic subjects. Cadet Ransom underwent a thorough and grueling competition to become one of six Marine Corps JROTC cadets nationwide to earn this distinction. Taylor is ranked first in his class of 350 at PHS; he has a 32 on the ACT. He plans to attend Tulane University this fall on a Navy Scholarship in preparation for a career as a nuclear engineer in the Navy.

It is always wonderful to see our graduates succeed and we are most proud of Taylor. More pictures of this morning's award can be see in our PHOTO ALBUMS. Television coverage (by Trey Schmaltz SJS 2002) of the event can be seen at WBRZ CHANNEL 2.

Thanks to all who contributed to the success of the Sock Hop held in the gym last Friday. I visited for a brief time and the students had a great time. A special thanks to George Waddell and John Falcon for spinning the records. Thanks to all the teachers and staff who monitored the activity. The students as well as some of the parents really entered into the spirit of the evening. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups

Calendar for the Week

Thursday, September 20
Reconciliation - Grade 7
Crusader Dads Meeting @ 6:30 - 400 North 6th Street

Friday, September 21
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Spirit Dress 

Thursday, September 27
Reconciliation - Grade 6

Friday, September 28
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Crusaders Announced
Spirit Dress

LSU/Alabama Tickets Raffle!

We at St. Joseph have been given an exciting opportunity to raffle off two LSU v Alabma tickets including a parking pass!

We are asking that our study body get involved by selling ten raffle tickets at $5.00 each. Of course, there will be exciting prizes for the top individual sellers and the classes that sell the most.

Ticket location is in the south endzone, Section 423, Row 23, Seats 1 & 2.

The turn-in date for tickets and all money will be October 24.

The drawing for the winning ticket will be on October 26. The winner need not be present to win.

The prizes for the top three sellers are:
1st place - 16 x 20 framed photo autographed by both Billy Cannon and Coach Dietzel
2nd place - 8 x 10 framed photo autographed by Patrick Peterson
3rd place - a Jacob Hester autographed mini helmet.

The student that sells the winning ticket will receive an LSU gift basket full of LSU items!

In addition to these individual prizes, a pizza party will be awarded to the class that sells the most tickets.

Many thanks to Jeff LeSaicherre, Attorney-at-Law, for the donation of the tickets!

If you need more tickets than what is sent home, please contact the school office.

Crusader Dads

Crusader Dads First Meeting

September 20, 2012

400 N 6th Street
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
(home of Arthur Thompson)

Who are the Crusader Dads?
The Crusader Dads is a group of dads, grandfathers, and male caretakers trying to get more involved in helping our children by helping our school. Throughout the year, we will help with various events at the school like the Spring Fair. We will also try to complete a few projects at the school like painting, etc. Most importantly, we will get together, meet one another, and have a good time.
We currently have an email list of approximately fifty people. If you would like to get involved, please send us your email address and try to join us on September 20.

For More Information contact
Artie Thompson 985-974-3294  
Jerod Breaux 504-427-1849  

Mad about Science

Our eighth grade students are mad about science! Closely studying the different weights of various liquids are, from left, Kali Lowery, Carson Wyld, Brennan Meetze, Clairanne Johnson, and Victoria Heidel. 

To see other in-house scientists hard at work, please visit our eighth graders in SCIENCE 8 and our seventh graders at SCIENCE 7.

Community News

The 4th Annual Fashion Show to benefit Catholic Charities will be held on Sunday, September 30, at 1:00 p.m.

Special guest will be Randi Rousseau of WDSU 6 News.

The event will be held at Bantaa's Fleur de Lis at 111 North 6th Street in Ponchatoula.

Tickets are $35.00 per person. Ticket information can be found at 985-370-0007.

A one-mile run and a 5K run will be sponsored by EPIK on Saturday, September 22. Runners will start their races at Cate Square Park in Hammond.

Early entry fees are $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12.

More details can be found by downloading the registration form or by contacting the following:
Mike Sons, EPIK Porduction Direction at 225-788-4409
Blaine Ehrlich - EPIK CEO at 985-507-4586
Holly Sons, EPIK Fundraising Director at 225-788-4140
Carthon Engram - EPIK Sales Manager at 985-351-4223,

Proceeds benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

Registration forms can be found at EPIK 5K RUN. Registration forms can be turned in at Ponchatoula Fitness, Perfectly Fit, or Rival Nutrition.

Parish News

Rev. John Dominic Sims, O.P. - Pastor
Rev. Cayet Mangiaracina, O.P. - Parochial Vicar
Larry J. Melancon - Deacon
Mike Agnello - 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 -

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