Psalm 66

R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. 

Shout joyfully to God, all the earth,
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God, “How tremendous are your deeds!” 

R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. 

“Let all on earth worship and sing praise to you,
sing praise to your name!”
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam. 

R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. 

He has changed the sea into dry land;
through the river they passed on foot;
therefore let us rejoice in him.
He rules by his might forever. 

R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Those who missed the ceremony for the May Crowing can see pictures on the WEBSITE. It was a beautiful ceremony. A special thanks to Deacon Larry Melancon for leading us in prayer and to Mrs. Dyer for the planning the event. The three eighth grade girls who had the honor of crowning Mary were Courtney Balisteri, Gabrielle Gremillion, and Hannah Henderson. Second grade girls participated and were beautiful in their First Communion dresses.

Congratulations to Allie Amerson and Kade Bleakley for being chosen St. Joseph Athletes of the Year at the Athletic Awards Ceremony last evening. Mrs. Little has placedall the names of students who received special recognition in this newsletter. Special recognition should be given to the eighth grade girls for being the mainstay of the girls’ athletic teams for the past years. During the past three years, the girls have had three NIAL softball championships with undefeated teams the past two years. Two basketball NIAL championships and undefeated seasons with tournament first place finishes at Loranger Junior High, Ponchatoula Junior High, and an impressive first place finish at Mount Carmel Academy Junior High Tournament in New Orleans. Finally, they captured the NIAL Championship in volleyball this year.

A special thanks is offered to the coaches who spearheaded a successful athletic year: Shari Amerson, Stacy Bankston, Justin Berthelot, Elise Bishop, Jerod Breaux, Megan Dagro, Shelly Ernst, Kristi Gill, Kenny Kraft, Renee Laurent, Carrie Layrisson, Lauren Long, Sherman Mack, Brian Maggio, Kevin Raiford, Amanda Richard, Artie Thompson, Nick Vega, Bryce Vining, and Toni Waddell. Thanks for the many hours of time and energy expended for our student athletes.
Finally, The eighth graders had a wonderful trip. View the pictures on the website. Thank you to Mrs. Gaines for making all the arrangements for the various activities. Also thanks to faculty who accompanied the students on the trip, Mrs. Little, Mr. Hughes, Mrs. Gaines, and Mrs. Chiasson. 

-- Dr. Gerard Toups


Monday, May 5 - Friday, May 9
Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 8
Spirit Dress
Crusaders Luncheon
Accelerated Reader Deadline

Sunday, May 11
Mothers' Day

Monday, May 12
8th Exams - English/Science 
8th Library Books Due
Spirit Dress for those whose parents worked Spring Fair and/or Strawberry Parking.

Tuesday, May 13
8th Exams - Reading/Social Studies
June Birthdays

Wednesday, May 14
Bring bagged, boxed, or canned good for the needy.

Thursday, May 15
8th Exams - Math
8th Promotion Rehearsal

Friday, May 16
Spirit Dress 
Library Books Due

Saturday, May 17
Reception for Dr. Toups

Monday, May 19
8th Breakfast
8th Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 20
6th-7th Exams - English/Science
8th Grade Promotion

Wednesday, May 21
Bring bagged, boxed, or canned good for the needy.

Thursday, May 22
6th-7th Exams - Reading/Social Studies
PreK/Kindergarten Picnic

Friday, May 23
6th-7th Exams - Math
Spirit Dress
PreK Promotion @ 8:30
Kindergarten Promotion @ 10:30

Monday, May 26
Field Day

Tuesday, May 27 
Awards Grades 1-7
Early Dismissal
Last Day for Students.

Accelerated Reader Deadline - May 9

The Accelerated Reader deadline for the fourth quarter (and for the year) is Friday, May 9.

Math-a-Thon Shirts - May 9

St. Jude Hospital Math-a-Thon shirts were distributed to those who earned them today, May 7. 

Students may wear those shirts with their spirit dress on Friday, May 9.

Thank You Spirit Dress - May 12

As a thank you to those parents who worked the Spring Fair and/or the Strawberry Parking:

Their children may have an extra day of spirit dress on Monday, May 12.

June Birthdays - May 13

All students at St. Joseph who have a birthday in June may come out of uniform on Tuesday, May 13.

This is the only day students with June birthdays may come out of uniform. There is no make-up day.

Out of uniform guidelines can be found on the WEBSITE.

8th Grade Exams - May 12-13-15

The final exams for 8th graders will be on the following days:

Monday, May 12 ..... English & Science

Tuesday, May 13 ..... Reading & Social Studies

Thursday, May 15 ..... Math.

Book Roundup - May 16

It’s time to Round Up those library books! 

Check under your bed, in your closet, on your book shelf, or in your cubby for any library books that need to be returned. Books are due back to the library on the following dates:
8th grade……………..Monday, May 12
1st-7th grades ……………..Friday, May 16.
If the books are not returned by this date, a notice will be sent home with a replacement amount.

Retirement Party - May 17

Please join us as we celebrate the 



Dr. Gerard Toups


Saturday, May 17, 2014

at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

in the

St. joseph Catholic School Gym.

Cafeteria News

Friday, May 2, will be the last day personal checks are accepted by the cafeteria. Parents will still be able to make on-line payments after that date. Any student not returning to St. Joseph may request a refund by May 16. All other funds will roll-over this year to next school year.

Sports Awards

Congratulations to Allie Amerson and Kade Bleakley, the 2013-2014 Athletes of the Year. 

These honors were announced at the annual sports award program on Tuesday night.

Other awards are listed below:

Volleyball Awards
Best Offensive Player – Allie Amerson
Best Defensive Player – Karlee Kraft
Most Improved Player – Haleigh Laylle
Most Inspirational Player – Mallory Vining 

Cross Country Awards 
MVP Girl – Peyton LeSaicherre
MVP Boy – Alex Wisecarver

Girls Basketball Awards
Most Valuable Player – Allie Amerson
Best Offensive Player – Karlee Kraft
Best Defensive Player – Haleigh Laylle
Hustle Award – Mallory Vining

Boys Basketball Awards
MVP - Kade Bleakley
Most Improved – Joseph Pelliterri
Best Defense – Kaleb Kramer
Best Rebounds – Michael Dickson

Track and Field Girls Awards
MVP Track – Allie Amerson
MVP Field – Haleigh Laylle
Most Dedicated – Leighanne O’Dowd
Best All Around – Sophia Nuzzolillo

Track and Field Boys Awards
MVP Track – Alex Wisecarver
MVP Field – Joseph Pellitieri
Most Dedicated – Brett Monistere

Cheerleading Awards
Most Valualbe Cheerleader - Traci Carollo
Capitans Award - Maiya Delpedio
Coach’s Award - Gabrielle Gremillion
Cheersader - Avery Meyers

8th Grade Trip

Our 8th grade students pose for a group picture on the steps of St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Lafayette. It was the first stop of their week-long 8th grade trip. 

Pictures from each day of the trip can be found on this website under the Photo Albums tab. To see more Monday pictures, please visit MONDAY.  

April Crusaders

Congratulations to our April Crusaders of the Month! 

Our Crusader is Leigh Henderson, 7th grade. Our Mini Crusaders is Mallori Asprion, 1st grade.
We are proud of our Crusaders!

May Crowning

Our May Crowning this morning was beautiful! 

Our second grade girls acted as an honor guard in their lovely white First Communion dresses. 

Eighth grade students Gabrielle Gremillion and Hannah Henderson assisted Courtney Balisteri with the coronation honors. 

More pictures can be seen on our website at MAY CROWNING

Mi5Ke Run/Walk


Proceeds benefit the Mike Darouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School Scholarship Fund and the Esophageal Cancer Action Network

Scheduled for Saturday, May 24 - Start Time 9:00 a.m. @ STA

Registration/Check in - 8:00 a.m.
$25/person for pre-registration
$20/person for senior citizens and any military members
$35/person for all day of race

Register at
For more information, please contact 985-974-4419 or

Vacation Bible School

St. Joseph Church will hold Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2014 for students in grades kindergarten through 5th on June 9-13, from 8:00 a.m. until noon in the St. Joseph Gym.

The registration fee is $25. 

Registration open Monday, May 5.

Registration ends Wednesday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m.

Please visit the VBS website to register.

Volunteers (6th graders through adults) must register at the VBS website. Adult volunteers must have Diocese of Baton Rouge Child Protection Certification. Instructions are on the VBS website.



Summer Fun

The following have summer activities and discounts for children over the summer. Please see their websites for details.






Our Parish

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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