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R. You are the highest honor of our race. 

Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
above all the women on earth;
and blessed be the LORD God,
the creator of heaven and earth. 

R. You are the highest honor of our race

Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
by those who tell of the might of God. 

R. You are the highest honor of our race.

Calendar for the Week

Wednesday, December 12
Fair Meeting @ 6:30 in the library.

Friday, December 14
Father/Daughter Dance
Spirit Dress
Accelerated Reader Deadline

Sunday, December 16
Third Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 17
Exams Grades 6-7-8 ... Reading/Science
Library Closed

Tuesday, December 18
Exams Grades 6-7-8 ... English/Social Studies
Library Closed

Wednesday, December 19
Kinder/8th Gift Exchange
Kindergarten Parent Activity
Kindergarten Polar Express/Pajama Day
Exams Grades 6-7-8 ... Math
Library Closed

Thursday, December 20
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Christmas Program @ 9:30
Christmas Parties @ 10:30
Dismissal @ 11:30
No After School Care
Library Closed
Second Quarter Ends

Friday, December 21
Christmas Holidays Begin

Friday, January 4
Classes Resume
No Buses Run this Day

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Again, this is the time of year that we ask parents to begin to recruit students for the school for next school year. Open House this year is scheduled for February 27th. As parents, you come into contact with other parents of children who have school age children as yourself. This often happens at Christmastime. You are our best recruiters. You have family, friends, and co-workers who have children starting school, who are moving into the area, or who are not happy with the education their children are receiving. Let them know about St. Joseph. Let us know about them.

Remember, exams start on the 17th of the month. Please encourage your child to prepare for exams. The holidays are approaching, but the next two weeks are important so there will be celebration and not disappointment at report card time.

The gifts for Father Cayet have been coming in. This is the final reminder. 

--- Dr. Gerard Toups

Christmas Card Winner

McKenzie Stewart in fourth grade displays her artwork used as the official St. Joseph Catholic School Christmas card this year. Congratulations to McKenzie for her great work!

Fair Meeting - Wednesday, December 12

The fair is early this year, and so is our planning!

A fair meeting will be held in the school library on Wednesday, December 12, beginning at 6:30. All are invited to attend.

Busy Day - Friday, December 14

Schedule for Friday, December 14:

----> NO SCHOOL MASS (We had Mass Wednesday morning in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.)

----> Spirit Dress

----> Accelerated Reader Deadline

----> Father/Daughter Dance (See times and details below.)

Father/Daughter Dance - Friday, December 14


Theme: Mardi Gras Masquerade!!!

You can wear anything purple, green, and gold. You may come in costume is you want. You may even dress for a mardi gras ball. Anything Mardi Gras!! Award given out for best dressed couple.

All grades invited!!! PreK - 8th grade

All Dads are welcome to come and enjoy a night out with their LITTLE GIRL!

There will be music, dancing, food, drinks, & pictures available.

Date: Friday, December 14th

Time: 7:00-9:30 pm (in the gym)

Early Bird Registration has closed, but you're still welcome to attend!

At Door Price: $30-admits dad & daughter, $5 each additional dad/daughter

Special circumstances permit another male figure in student’s life. This may include grandfather, uncle, etc.

Exams - Monday-Wednesday, December 17-18-19

The Quarter Exams Schedule for students in grades 6-7-8 is as follows:

Monday, December 17 - Reading & Science

Tuesday, December 18 - English & Social Studies

Wednesday, December 19 - Math

Busy Day - Thursday, December 20

Schedule for Thursday, December 20:

This is the last day of the second quarter/end of the first semester.

8:30 - Mass. All are invited to attend. Crusaders for December will be announced.

Following Mass, still in the church, a live Nativity will be portrayed with participation from the entire student body.

Following the Nativity, students will return to homerooms for small Christmas parties and prepare to dismiss.

Dismissal is at 11:30.

Buses will run both before school and at 11:30.

There is no after school care on this day.

If you wish to check out your child prior to 11:30, the homeroom teacher will have a sign-out sheet.

Tithing Reminder

In order to qualify for the lowest tuition rate for the 2013-2014 school, families must be registered parishioners at St. Joseph Parish and have contributed at least $416.00 to the parish this calendar year.

Please contact the parish office 985-386-3749 if you have a question about your contribution.

Classes Resume - Friday, January 4

Classes will resume after the Christmas holidays on Friday, January 4.

WE WILL NOT HAVE BUS SERVICE ON JANUARY 4. Everyone is carpool on that day. We will run carpool on both sides of the building both morning and afternoon. Please follow the directions of the duty teachers so that everything runs quickly, smoothly, and safely.

Mass @ 8:30. All are invited to attend.

We will have the Adopt-a-Child collection at this Mass. 

We start the new year with Spirit Dress!

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Students at St. Joseph had a special Mass on Wednesday, December 12, in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

Fourth grade students Angelina Quigley and Landon Davis represent Our Lady and Juan Diego during the Mass. 

Parish News

Fr. Cayet Mangiaracina, O.P. - Parochial Vicar and Administrator
Fr. David K. Seid, O.P, - In Residence
Larry J. Melancon - Deacon
Mike Agnello - Deacon
Dr. M.J. "Dutch" Schanzbach - 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 - www.stjosephsonline.com

The Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve
4:00 p.m.   Children's Christmas Vigil Mass on Monday, December 24
7:00 p.m.   Christmas Vigil Mass on Monday December 24
11:30 p.m. Christmas Music Program, December 24

12:00 a.m. Christmas Midnight Mass, December 25
8:00 a.m.   Christmas Mass, December 25
11:00 a.m. Christmas Mass, December 25

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