Psalm 145

R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works. 

Every day will I bless you,
and I will praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD and highly to be praised;
his greatness is unsearchable. 

R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works. 

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might. 

R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works. 

Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations. 

R. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works.

From the Principal

Dear Parents, 

SJS Alumni (Class of 2010) were honored at the Girls/Boys State awards ceremony at the American Legion on Thursday, September 5. The ceremony celebrated the accomplishments and offices held at State in Natchitoches, LA this past June.

Six of the seven students chosen to represent Ponchatoula at Girls/Boys State are SJS grads. The students are, from left, Alexa LeSaicherre, Aaron Basso, Austin Henderson, Timothy Poche, Jake Kraft and Colleen Atkins.. They are also all currently members of the National Honor Society at Ponchatoula High.

The school is asking for your cooperation. Please make an effort to have your child to school on time. Tardy students are disruptive. Younger children have to be walked to their classes, and the lunch room count has to be adjusted.

Another problem the school is having is students who do not know how they are to go home. Every afternoon several students are in the office asking to use the phone. Please establish a routine and keep it as consistent as possible.

The kindergarten, preschool, and aftercare are looking for Lego blocks. If you have any lying around not being used and would like to donate them to the school, please do so. The teachers will put them to good use.

Please consider again the request for school support that was sent home recently. The donations we have received have been generous, but more participation would be most helpful. We ask that you give what you can. My promise is that the money will be used to benefit of the students in the academic program with special emphasis on updating and adding to the school’s technology.

Again, please be polite and respectful of others in the carpool line. The school staff is doing its best to keep the students safe and secure, but dismissal is difficult. Again, consider using the bus system. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups


Friday, September 13
Spirit Dress
Fall Fest T-Shirt Order Forms Due

Tuesday, September 17
September Birthdays

Wednesday, September 18
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Non-Perishable Food Items for Needy

Friday, September 20
Spirit Dress 

Tuesday, September 24
Fair Meeting @ 6:30 in Library

Wednesday, September 25
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Crusaders Announced
Non-Perishable Food Items for Needy

Thursday, September 26
Class Pictures in Uniforms
Retakes in Uniforms

Friday, September 27
Spirit Dress

Midquarter Is Today - Wednesday, September 11

Today is midquarter through the first nine weeks.

Please check Edline for grade updates. Also check your student's backpack for notes from teachers or deficiency reports.

Anyone having trouble with Edline, please email Mrs. Little at

Fall Fest T-Shirts - Due Friday, September 13

It's time to order Fall Fest T-Shirts. A picture of this year's shirt is shown above.

The order form is on EDLINE. Payment must be sent to the office. Shirts will only be distributed with a payment.

All youth sizes are $11 per shirt.

All adult sizes are $13 per shirt.

Students may wear the Fall Fest T-Shirts on Spirit Dress days during October (every Friday).

Deadline for orders is Friday, September 13.

September Birthdays - Tuesday, September 17

All students at St. Joseph who have a birthday in September may come out of uniform on Tuesday, September 17. This is the only day students with September birthdays may come out of uniform. There is no make-up day. Out of uniform guidelines can be found on the WEBSITE.

Fair Meeting - Tuesday, September 24

The Home & School Asssociation will hold its first Spring Fair meeting on Tuesday, September 24, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

All are invited and encouraged to attend. This is a great way to volunteer and get involved in your child's school!

Help Wanted

Immediate opening for part time janitorial help: 

Saint Joseph School is seeking an individual who can take out trash, clean classrooms, and restrooms from 1:30 TO 5:30 everyday after school. 

Candidates should come by the school office for an application.

Beta Club Officers

SJS is proud to announced the 2013-2014 Jr. Beta Club Officers.

Seated from left are Olivia Maurer, president and Rebekah Bass, vice president.

Standing from left are Hannah Henderson, secretary; Kade Bleakley, treasurer; Brennan Currier and Maiya Delpidio, co-historians.

Club sponsors are Mrs. Stacy Bankston and Mrs. Jeri Carroll.

Cross Country Winners

The first Cross Country Meet of the season took place on Saturday, September 7. St. Joseph School was well represented at the races.

The Elementary Girls Team won first place led by Jayda Babin winning the one mile race with a time of 6:40. Other medal winners in the race included Hanna Bankston and Jadyn Richard. In the picture are team members, seated from left, Helena Cieutat, Jayda Babin, Hannah Habisreitenger. Standing are Jadyn Richard and Hanna Bankston.

The Middle School girls finished second place overall and individual medalists of that race were Paige Bankston Krislyn Dapprich, and Madison Gill.

Other medal winners for the girls division included Peyton LeSaicherre, Ava Downey, and Julianna Steib.

In the boys races our medalists were Ethan Laurent, Caden Dapprich, and Carson Thibodeaux.

X-Plosive Night Out!

Over 100 SJS students, including Tori Thompson and Madison Christian from second grade, enjoyed a great time at the Spirit Xplosion Fund Raiser on Friday, September 6. 

Boys and girls in second grade and up were able to sing, dance, and play while helping to raise money for the school. $5 from each admission was donated back to the cheerleaders.

According to reviews from the students, a great time was had by all!

See more Xplosion pictures at X-PLOSIVE NIGHT OUT.

Parish News

Fr. Paul A. McDuffie, Pastor
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 -  

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