Psalm 37

R. The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom. 

Commit to the LORD your way;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will make justice dawn for you like the light;
bright as the noonday shall be your vindication. 

R. The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom. 

The mouth of the just man tells of wisdom
and his tongue utters what is right.
The law of his God is in his heart,
and his steps do not falter. 

R. The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom. 

The salvation of the just is from the LORD;
he is their refuge in time of distress.
And the LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him. 

R. The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom.


Thursday, February 13
Fourth Grade Field Trip

Friday, February 14
Valetine's Day
Spirit Dress
Fun Run/5K Run Registration Due (in order to receive t-shirt)
Math-A-Thon Permission Slips Due

Monday, February 17
Open House for Parents of Prospective Students
Open Registration for 2014-2015 Begins

Wednesday, February 19
Mass @ 8:30. All are invited to attend.
Bring canned, bagged, or boxed food for the local needy.
Sports Pictures - Cross Country & Volleyball

Thursday, February 20
Field Trip (grades 1-4)
Sports Pictures - Girls Basketball

Friday, February 21
Spirit Dress
Krewe of Crusaders Parade @ 1:15 (church parking lot)
Deadline to Register for Cheer Clinic

Tuesday, February 25
Crusader Dad's Benefit Dinner

Wednesday, February 26
Mass @ 8:30. All are invited to attend.
Bring canned, bagged, or boxed food for the local needy.
Sport Pictures - Boys Basketball 
Fair Meeting in Library @ 6:30

Friday, February 28
Spirit Dress
Read the Most from Coast to Coast

Monday-Friday, March 3-7
Mardi Gras Holidays - No School

Sunday, March 9
First Sunday of Lent

Monday, March 10
Classes Resume
Fair Basket Drop-Off this Week

Math-a-Thon Permission - Friday, February 14

Dear Parents and Guardians:

St. Joseph School is excited to participate in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon program. The Math-A-Thon will be sponsored by the Beta Club and participation is open to any student in 1st -8th grade.

Math-A-Thon is a free educational program that teaches our kids the importance of math while helping others in need. This year’s Math-A-Thon will kick-off today, Wednesday, February 5. Students watch a video this week that will show them how they can help kids at St. Jude.

If you want your student to take part in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon, follow the instructions below:

Fill out and sign the permission slip in the Wednesday Packet and return it by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14.

Ask family, friends, grandparents, and other people you know to sponsor by making a flat donation, a per page donation, or a per problem donation. Checks should be made out to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Have fun filling out your Funbook! Students will receive their Funbook 1-2 weeks after the permission slips are returned on or before Friday, March 14.

Use the envelope to collect your pledges from your sponsors. Return it along with your pledges to school by the deadline on FRIDAY, MARCH 14. If you are fundraising and working problems on Math-A-Thon online, be sure to print your total online donations and turn them in with this form. Checks should be made out to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Of course, the best reward for participating is knowing your family has made a difference in the lives of children suffering from cancer and other catastrophic diseases, but the added bonus is that Math-A-Thon will help your child sharpen their math skills just in time for Terra-Nova testing.

To learn more about St. Jude, visit For additional information regarding the Math-A-Thon program and a complete list of prizes, please visit

Through Math-A-Thon, you and your child make it possible for St. Jude to treat patients regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Thank you,

Jeri Carroll
Stacy Bankston
Math-A-Thon and Beta Club Sponsors

5K/1 Mile Fun Run - Due Friday, February 14


This is the first ever 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run - Powered by Perfectly Fit

Saturday, March 22, at St. Joseph Catholic School in Ponchatoula, LA.

The one mile fun run will begin at 8:00 a.m.

The 5K run will begin at 8:30 a.m.

There will be one water station along the 5K route.

T-shirts are guaranteed to runners registered by February 14.

AWARDS ... We will have medals for all children 14 & under for the one mile fun run. We will also have award for top male and females as well as the following ages groups for the 5K: 15-22, 23-30, 31-39, 40-50, 50+.

FEES ...
$15 ages 14 and under
$25 early registration through February 14
$30 late registration through March 21
$35 race day registration on March 22

Perfectly Fit Peformance Sports
303 West Minnesota Park, Suite E
Hammond, LA 70403
(985) 350-1348

St. Joseph Catholic School
175 North 8th Street
Ponchatoula, LA 70454

Race Day registration will be 7:15-7:45 a.m. for the 1 mile run.
Race Day registration will be 7:1508:15 a.m. for the 5K run.

Available at Perfectly Fit Performance Sports on March 21, bewteen noon and 6:00 p.m. They will have race packets and t-shirts as well as store special for race participants.

Sports Pictures - February 19, 20, 26

Sports pictures are scheduled after school on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 19 - cross country and volleyball (jv & varsity)

Thursday, February 20 - girls basketball (jv & varsity)

Wednesday, February 26 - boys basketball (jv & varsity).

Athletes are to bring their uniforms to school for pictures on the appropriate day. Uniforms will be turned in following pictures.

Cheer Clinic - Due Friday, February 21

St. Joseph Cheerleaders will be hosting their annual mini cheer clinic for St. Joseph students in PreK-4th grades.

Date - Saturday, March 8
Time - 9:30-1:00 (performance @ 12:30)
Place - St. Joseph Gym
Cost - $25.

Cost includes a t-shirt and a ribbon. Participants will learn a cheer, dance, cheer techniques, and jumps.

Participants mut bring their own lunch and drink, but snacks will be provided.

Please register on EDLINE by Friday, February 21.

Krewe of Crusaders Parade - Friday, February 21

The St. Joseph Catholic School Krewe of Crusaders will have their parade on Friday, February 21, beginning at 1:00 in the church parking lot. 

PreK and Kindergarten students, in wagons crafted by their family members, will be pulled around the parking lot by the older students. The parade route is all the way around the new church, so no crowding is necessary.

Please be respectful of the students and barricades. Police will be on hand to block parts of the streets for the safety of our children. As another safety measure, no one parking in the church parking lot will be allowed to leave until ALL of the parade has made it back inside the school gates.

Benefit Dinner - Tuesday, February 25

The Crusader Dads are sponsoring a dinner for the benefit of St. Joseph Catholic School.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday, February 25, with a social from 5:30-6:30 and dinner served from 6:30-8:30.

The dinner is hosted by NOLA Cafe' located at 1625 Highway 51 in Ponchatoula.

Tickets are limited. Only 150 will be sold. Tickets are $100 per couple.

The dinner menu consists of the following:
Wood Grilled Filet Mignon
VooDoo Chicken
Shrimp & Crab Pasta
Twice Baked Potato
Penne Pasta
Sauteed Vegetables
Salad with Choice of Dressing
Bread Pudding
Soft Drink/Tea/House Wine.

A cash bar will be available.

Tickets may be purchased from any members of the Crusader Dads. Tickets are also available in the office. Please make checks payable to Dinners that Make a Difference.

Fair Meeting - Wednesday, February 26

The next Spring Fair planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:30 in the school library.

This is a very important meeting as it is the last one prior to the Spring Fair.  Please make every effort to attend.

It's not too late to attend for the first time. All parents/grandparents are encouraged to come out, participate, and make this the best fair ever!

Spring Fair - March 21-22-23

We are ready to start collecting donations of good, clean stuffed animals as fair prizes. They can be sent to the office.

We continue to collect cleaned egg shells for the confetti egg booth for the Spring Fair. Please check the FAIR tab for directions on how to clean the eggs. Those who contribute may qualify for the popsicle party!

All of the Spring Fair news can be found under the FAIR tab on this website.

Steve Pugh

As part of Legislative Shadowing Week, held February 4-8, some special visitors recently got an up-close look at the meals program at St. Joseph Catholic School.

Mrs. Lynda Carville, director of child nutrition programs for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, said this event provides an opportunity to meet with legislators so they will be aware of needs and concerns related to the school meals program before beginning their session. Letters about the event were sent out to politicians on all levels, from local to state to national.

On Wednesday, February 5, LA Representative Steve Pugh, an SJS alumni, served meals to all five lunch waves at St Joseph. Representative Pugh, wearing his special apron, worked the serving line, distributed lunches to PreK and kindergarten students, and had grand time interacting with the current students of his alma mater. Representative Pugh served as the St. Joseph Distinguished Graduate of 2012.

On Thursday, U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, was represented in the cafeteria by Justin Crossie. 

Lots more pictures can be seen at PUGH.

Students of the Year

Congratulations to Olivia Maurer (8th grade) and MacKenzie Stewart (5th grade) for being named the SJS Students of the Year. 

The Students of the Year Awards Program is designed to recognize outstanding elementary, middle/junior high, and high school students. This program is an excellent opportunity to recognize from each school system those students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability, and citizenship. 

The Students of the Year Awards Program is sponsored by the Louisiana State Superintendent through the State Department of Education and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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.

Weekday Mass Schedule
The week day Masses on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will be at 8:30 a.m. Reconciliation (Confessions) will be available before all week day Masses at 8:00 a.m. in addition to Confessions on Saturday from 3:30-4:30 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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