Psalm 128

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord. 

Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored. 

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord. 

Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life. 

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.


Thursday, August 28
Pictures in Uniforms

Friday, August 29
Spirit Dress

Monday, September 1
Labor Day Holiday - no school 

Wednesday, September 3
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive
Fair Meeting @ 5:45 in Library

Friday, September 5
Spirit Dress

Tuesday, September 9
September Birthdays

Wednesday, September 10
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive

Friday, September 12
Spirit Dress

School Pictures - August 28

On Thursday, August 28, Barberito Photographers will be at St. Joseph to take individual school pictures.

This is a pre-pay program. A brochure with package prices was sent home Wednesday, August 20.

Pictures will be taken of each child, but packages will ony be produced for children who have paid on that day.

Students are to wear their formal uniforms for these pictures.

Labor Day - September 1

Students will not attend school on Monday, September 1, in order for them to have time to celebrate the Labor Day Holiday with their families.

Classes resume on Tuesday, September 2.

Fair Meeting - September 3

There will be a fair planning meeting on Wednesday, September 3, in the library beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in our fair. The meeting is open to all.

September Birthdays - September 9

All students at St. Joseph who have a birthday in September may come out of uniform on Tuesday, September 9.

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.


Our website calendar is not working correctly. 

For everyone who needs a school holiday calendar for planning purposes, it is as follows:

Monday, September 1 - Labor Day Holiday

Monday-Friday, November 24-28 - Thanksgiving Holidays

Monday-Friday, December 22-January 2 - Christmas/New Years Holidays

Monday, January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Monday-Friday, February 16-20 - Mardi Gras Holidays

Friday-Friday, April 3-10 - Good Friday & Easter Holidays

Friday, May 22 - Last Day of School

Cross Country Meet Schedule

Wednesday, August 27 - Ponchatoula Practice Meet @ PHS - Varsity

Saturday, September 6 - STA/S&S invitational @ STA - All (See start times below.)

Thursday, September 18 - TA/HGS/SJS Triangular Meet @ STA - All

Thursday, September 25 - Tangi Invitational @ STA - All

Thursday, October 16 - NIAL CC Championships @ STA - All

Saturday, October 18 - Walker Shootout @ Walker, LA - All

Wednesday, October 22 - Rollette Invitational @ STA - All

Start Times for September 6 Meet:
8:15 - varsity girls 3 mile race
9:00 - varsity boys 3 mile race
9:45 - junior high girls and boys 2 mile race
10:15 - junior varsity girls and boys 2 mile race
11:00 - sub elementary girls 1/2 mile race
11:10 - sub elementary boys 1/2 mile race
11:20 - elementary girls 1 mile race
11:35 - elementary boys 1 mile race
11:50 - middle school girls 1 mile race
12:00 - middle school boys 1 mile race
12:30 - team awards ceremony

Volleyball Schedule

September 17 - 4:30 - SJS (white) v Kehoe-France @ KF

September 17 - 4:30 - SJS (jv) v SPS @ SJS

September 22 - 4:00 - SJS (blue) v Harvest @ SJS

September 23 - 4:00 - SJS (white) v Harvest @ H

September 29 - 4:00 - SJS (blue) v Christ Episcopal @ CE

September 29 - 5:00 - SJS (jv) v Christ Episcopal @ CE

September 29 - 6:00 - SJS (white) v Christ Episcopal @ CE

September 30 - 4:15 - SJS (blue) v Lake Castle @ Coquille

September 30 - 5:15 - SJS (jv) v Lake Castle @ Coquille

September 30 - 6:15 - SJS (white) v Lake Castle @ Coquille

October 7 - 4:00 - SJS (blue) v Trafton @ T

October 7 - 5:00 - SJS (jv) v Trafton @ T

October 7 - 6:00 - SJS (white) v Trafton @ T

October 9 - 4:00 - SJS (blue) v Holy Ghost @ HG

October 9 - 5:00 - SJS (jv) v Holy Ghost @ HG

October 9 - 6:00 - SJS (white) v Holy Ghost @ HG

October 10 - 4:00 - SJS (blue) v OLL @ SJS

October 10 - 5:00 - SJS (jv) v OLL @ SJS

October 10 - 6:00 - SJS (white) v OLL @ SJS

October 13 - 4:15 - SJS (blue) v SSA @ SJS

October 13 - 5:15 - SJS (white) v SSA @ SJS

October 15 - 4:00 - SJS (white) v Holy Ghost @ SJS

October 15 - 5:00 SJS (blue) v Holy Ghost @ SJS

October 15 - 6:00 SJS (jv)  v Cedarwood @ SJS

October 20-21-22 - TBA - JV NIAL Tournament @ Trafton

October 27-28-29 - TBA - NIAL Tournament @ OLL

** Schedule is subject to change,

Crusaders of the Month

Congratulations to our August Crusaders of the Month! This month we acknowledge Sean Bankston (2nd grade) as our Mini Crusader and Catherine Dahmer (8th grade) as our Crusaders.

Outstanding students are recognized each month at St. Joseph Catholic School. They are nominated by teachers as role models for other students and are each presented with a goody basket, a t-shirt, and a lunch with the principal at the end of the year.

Good job, Crusaders!

Food Drive

Each Wednesday students at St. Joseph Catholic School hold a food drive for local needy families. The children bring a bagged, canned, or boxed non-perishable food item and place that item in one of two large wagons as they enter the church for Mass. 

Fourth graders Ally Pena, left, and Amy McLain show part of the collection from earlier this school year.

Crusaders at Mass

Our students and faculty are blessed to be able to celebrate Mass every Wednesday as a student body. 

In the picture, from left, seventh grade students Emily Wilson, Cade Johnson, Bradley Atkins, Phoenix Lofton, and Maria Guay join hands while reciting the Lord's Prayer.

To see more pictures of students at Mass, please visit WE CELEBRATE.

Theology of the Body - September 10

Everyone is invited to attend a six session course on St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body.

By reflecting on the Scripture, the Theology of the Ady addresses two of life's most challenging questions:
1. What does it mean to be human?
2. How do I live my life in a way that brings true happiness?

The Theology of the Body is renewing marriages, awakening vocations, healing deep personal wounds, and setting people free to live the life of greated for which they were created.

The courses will be held at St. Joseph Ministry Building on September 10, 17, 24, and October 8, 15, and 22. Times are from 6:00-7:30 each evening.

Attendance is free although a $15 donation for a workbook is suggested. The donation is not required.

Free childcare will be available.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rachael Perrin at 985-969-0151.


Respect Life Mass - October 12

On Sunday, October 12, at 11:00 a.m., Bishop Robert W. Muench will celebrated the Bishop's Respect Life Mass at Sacred Heart Church.

Sacred Heart Church is located at 2250 Main Street in Baton Rouge.

Each of us is a masterpiece of God's creation.

There will be a special blessing for all those involved in Respect Life ministries.

All are invited to a reception following Mass in the parish hall.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Marriage & Family Life, Christian Formation Secretariat, Diocese of Baton Rouge.

For more information, please contact Danielle Van Haute at 225-242-0164.

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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