Tobit 13

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever. 

He scourges and then has mercy;
he casts down to the depths of the nether world,
and he brings up from the great abyss.
No one can escape his hand. 

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever. 

Praise him, you children of Israel, before the Gentiles,
for though he has scattered you among them,
he has shown you his greatness even there. 

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever. 

So now consider what he has done for you,
and praise him with full voice.
Bless the Lord of righteousness,
and exalt the King of ages. 

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever. 

In the land of my exile I praise him
and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation. 

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever. 

Bless the Lord, all you his chosen ones,
and may all of you praise his majesty.
Celebrate days of gladness, and give him praise. 

R. Blessed be God, who lives for ever.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

This will be the last reminder for assistance with the i-Pads. Thanks to all of you who have responded. The school could use additional donations to complete the lab. The state will provide six through a grant. Twenty-eight computers would be ideal and we are a number short. Sufficient cash has been collected to purchase the cart so we can store and transport the devices. Additional cash donations will be used to purchase more pads. The effort here is to familiarize the students and the lower grade teachers with the use of the pads so they might have some exposure before entering sixth grade. I have witnessed the generosity of the community to charitable drives held by the school for other causes. This is an opportunity to demonstrate that same charity and benefit your children.

In spite of the growth of the school and the expansion of the number of students for arrival and dismissal, there is more order at the beginning and end of the day. Thank all for the cooperation and please keep up the good work.

The school has ordered a gate for the garbage area behind the cafeteria to complete the work of the Men’s Club. It should be installed very soon. A new copy machine has also been ordered for the first floor of the main building. Each teacher will have the capability of sending print jobs to the copier. The effort is to assure that these copiers are being used and not the printers in the classrooms. The cost per copy is significantly lower when the copier is used. In the long rum, the copier will save the school money. That capability to forward work already exists for the teachers in the lower grades. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups


Thursday, September 26
Class Pictures in Uniforms 

Friday, September 27
Spirit Dress

Tuesday, October 1
Home & School Meeting @ 6:30 in the gym

Wednesday, October 2
Mass @ 8:30 - All are invited to attend.
Boxed or bagged or canned good for the needy.

Friday, October 4
NO SCHOOL BUSES - Everyone is carpool.
Spirit Dress
First Quarter Accelerated Reader Deadline
Crusader Dads @ Mi Patio 6:00 p.m.

Monday-Friday, October 7-11
The library is closed.

Tuesday, October 8
Exams - Grades 6-8 - English & Science

Wednesday, October 9
Exams - Grades 6-8 - Reading & Social Studies
NO SCHOOL BUSES - Everyone is carpool.
Living Rosary @ 8:30

Friday, October 11
Exams - Grades 6-8 - Math
Spirit Dress
Last Day of First Quarter

Class Pictures - Thursday, September 26

Class pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 26.

Brochures from the photographer for ordering class pictures were sent home last week and are available in the office. Orders for class pictures should be returned to the homeroom teachers.

Students are to wear regular uniforms for these pictures. Sweatshirts are not necessary for class pictures.

Home & School Meeting - Tuesday, October 1

The next Home and School Association Meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, October 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.

As this is a business meeting for adults, we appreciate parents making arrangements for their children.

To learn more about the Home and School Association, please visit the school website at HOME & SCHOOL.

No Buses - Friday, October 4

The Tangipahoa Parish School System will not have school on Friday, October 4, due to their fair holiday.

St. Joseph Catholic School DOES have school on Friday, October 4.

However, our students will not have access to bus service on that date.

We will run two carpool lines both in the morning and the afternoon on either side of the building. Please line up for carpool as usual. Teachers will be in place to direct pickup lines.

With the cooperation and patience of everyone, we can unload and load students quickly, efficiently, and safely. Thank you all for your understanding and patience during carpool.

Accelerated Reader Deadline - Friday, October 4

Accelerated Reader deadline for the first quarter is at 2:45 on Friday, October 4. 

Please check online or with your child's teacher to determine if points have been attained.

The library is open before school begins as well as after school for AR testing. Tests may also be taken in the classrooms.

The library will be closed after the deadline for the week of October 7-11.

Crusder Dads - Friday, October 4

The Crusader Dads will hold a welcoming meeting at Mi Patio on Friday, October 4, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

All dads and grandfathers of students at St. Joseph School are invited and encouraged to attend. 

More information can be obtained by contacting Jerod Breaux at 504-427-1849.

Crusaders of the Month

Congratulations to our September Crusaders!

Mini Crusader Anna Foster (2nd grade)

Crusaders Cheyanne Hartmann (6th grade)

Exam Schedule

The exam schedule for students in grades 6-8 is as follows:

Tuesday, October 8 ..... English and science

Wednesday, October 9 ..... reading and social studies

Friday, October 11 ..... math

There's an App for Us!

St. Joseph is excited to announce our new school app! It's available for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. 

Find it in the App Store under St. Joseph Catholic School Ponchatoula. It's FREE!

Yearbooks Have Arrived

The 2012-2013 yearbook has arrived!

Yearbooks for those who pre-ordered were sent home with students last week..

A limited number of additional copies are available in the school office. The cost is $40.

Child Protection

Reminder to parents: 

Many teachers are in the process of scheduling field trips for their classes. 

Parents are sometimes asked to chaperone on these trips. In order for a parent to go with the class, they MUST have ALL child protection requirements completed. This is a requirement from the diocese.

Child Protection is a process that takes a few weeks. It cannot be done at the last minute. If you have questions or want to begin the process, please contact Mrs. Cory Pinion in the school office at 985-386-6421 or send an email to

Dinner with the Bishop

The Least of These .........
     Reflections on Christ's Call to Service
     by Bishop Robert Meunch

Enjoy dinner with Bishop Muench and fellowship with your neighbors. Learn about the help Catholic Charities bring sto families in Tangipahoa and hear the Bishop's inspirational message.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Twelve Oaks Reception Hall 
SLU, 500 West Texas Avenue
Hammond, LA

Tickets are $25/person or $200/table of 8. Seating is limited.

Reservations are due by October 7. 

For more information, please call 225-336-8700 ext 410 or visit

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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