Psalm 45

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear. 

Hear, O daughter, and see; turn your ear,
forget your people and your father’s house.
So shall the king desire your beauty;
for he is your lord, and you must worship him. 

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear. 

All glorious is the king’s daughter as she enters;
her raiment is threaded with spun gold.
In embroidered apparel she is borne in to the king;
behind her the virgins of her train are brought to you. 

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear. 

They are borne in with gladness and joy;
they enter the palace of the king.
The place of your fathers your sons shall have;
you shall make them princes through all the land. 

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Our Cross Country runners did a great job last Saturday representing St. Joseph. It was a very warm day, but they ran hard and we all had fun cheering them on! I look forward to many more celebrations with our cross country team members. 

The Crusader Dads met Monday night at Roux & Brew to kick off their year of support for our school. They had a great turn-out of 55 dads! They discussed many exciting projects for this year. If you were not able to attend and would like to be included in their correspondence, please contact Jerod Breaux at
It is amazing that we are half way through the first nine weeks. Time flies when you’re having fun! Our students continue to impress us every day and I would like to say again that I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful school. I thank God for this blessing in my life every day. 

-- Mrs. Danette Ragusa


Wednesday, September 10

Friday, September 12
Spirit Dress 

Tuesday, September 16
4-H Meeting @ 11:55

Wednesday, September 17
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive

Friday, September 19
Spirit Dress 

Tuesday, September 23
SJS/Papa John's Pizza Night

Wednesday, September 24
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive
Crusaders Announced

Friday, September 26
Spirit Dress

Midquarter - September 10

Wednesday, September 10, is midquarter.

Please remember to check EDLINE for current grades and other information for monitoring student progress..

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 Body 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.


STA Invitation - September 12

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School would like to cordially invite all SJS 7th and 8th graders to their home football game Friday, September 12, at 7PM in Strawberry Stadium on the campus of SLU. 

SJS 7th and 8th graders will receive a ticket to the game on Friday at our "STA Informational Assembly.” We look forward to seeing you there. GO FALCONS!

4-H Meeting - September 16

Our first 4-H meeting will be Tuesday, September 16, at 11:55. 

This will be during enrichment for the 4th grades and lunch/recess for 5th-8th. The meeting will be held in Mrs. Billiot's room. 

5th-8th graders will need to pass through the lunch line that day that and bring their lunches to Mrs. Billiot's room or bring their lunch from home to eat in Mrs. Billiot's room.

4-H dues will be $25. This includes a club t-shirt, a record book, and fees to the 4-H office.

4-H memebers choose the activities they want to do:
     * Visit interesting places
     * Learn to babysit
     * Raise animals and plants
     * Use a computer
     * Make better speeches
     * Learn to sew
     * Win awards
     * Learn photography
     * Prepare food
     * Make websites
     * Collect insects

4-H is a great way to acquire lifelong skills such as:
     * Self-esteem
     * Commitment to others
     * Decision making
     * Communication skills
     * Problem solving
     * Managing resources

SJS/Papa John's Pizza Night - September 23

St. Joseph School and Papa John's Pizza will collaborate on a fund raiser for the school on Tuesday, September 23.

It's as easy as ordering pizza. Tell Papa John's you're with St. Joseph School when ordering. They will donate a percentage of those sales to the school.

Please pass this message on to friends and relatives. Just by mentioning the school name when ordering pizza, they can have money donated to the school. It doesn't cost a dime extra.

This is a great way to help SJS and enjoy great pizza at the same time.

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.

Happy Birthday to Our Blessed Mother

Students from the fourth grade take a moment to acknowledge Our Blessed Mother Mary on her birthday, September 8, by gathering around her shrine on the front lawn of the school.

In the picture from left are Carson Thibodeaux, Alexandra Bottolfs, Helena Cieutat, Brooke Amaya, Abry Layrisson, and Landen Raiford.

Cross Country News

The SJS Cross Country team opened the season on Saturday, September 6, with resounding success. The coaches, Renee Laurent and Amanda Richard, are very proud of all the athletes' hard work.

Many athletes won indiviual medals for placing in the top 15 of their age divisions. Two teams, the junior high girls and the sub-elementary boys, scored enough points to be named runners-up in their age divisions.

The junior high girls had two medalists: Jayda Babin (6th place) and Paige Bankston (11th place). Pictured are other members of the team: (seated left to right) Jadyn Richard, Hanna Bankston, Jayda Babin, Heather Habisreitinger, Ashley Morse, and (standing) Leigh Henderson, Mia Kugler, Paige Bankston, Peyton LeSaicherre, Madison Gill, Skylar Cheek. Not pictured is Hannah Habisreitinger.

The sub-elementary boys team also had two medalists: Ethan Laurent (3rd place) and Jacob Laurent (13th place). Other members of the team include Tyler Christian, Tyler Reeves, Jude Berthelot, and Oran Waller.

The SJS Cross Country team will compete again on Thursday, September 18. Good luck to all of the athletes!

Crusader Dads Recap


Thanks for the great turn out last night. We had 55 dads attend which is our largest gathering yet. Maybe we will do a Monday night at Roux & Brew again soon! Here is a recap for those that missed:

1. Our first project will be painting the halls of the old building. After talking with a few people this is something we might could do on a Friday afternoon. Those that are off on Fridays could start taping as soon as the kids leave and the rest come after work. That way by Monday the smell won’t be as bad. We will have a ice chest with cold refreshments.

2. Mrs. Ragusa has also asked us to move the trophy case that is down stairs in the old building.

3. Christmas project. We will adopt some needy families as a dads group and go deliver gifts Christmas Eve morning with our children. This is a very moving experience and I am really looking forward to it.

4. Fundraising: The raffle for SAINTS vs. 49ers and LSU vs. Ole Miss will start next week hopefully. Every child will receive a pack of 10 tickets and they are $5.00 a chance. The past few years this has raised over 15k so let’s try and blow that out this year. We will have extra tickets and the child who sells the most will receive a gift. I am looking for either another SAINTS or LSU game to give to the child who sells the most. Please let me know if you would like to donate any. On February 24th we scheduled to have our Dinner That Makes a Difference at Café Nola. Last year was the first year we did it and it was a huge success so mark it on your calendar.

5. Golf Tournament: Eric Millet volunteered to head the golf tournament. We are going to wait and do it at the beginning of next school year. It’s too late now for the Fall and we have enough in the Spring. Someone brought up a fishing tournament. Let me know.

6. Fall Fest is right around the corner so I will ask for some volunteers to set up and take down but that is a pretty easy event.

7. SPRING FAIR!!! May 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This is where we will need EVERYONE. Please block your calendars now. The Molly Ringwalds will be our featured band Saturday night in the back field. We are expecting a large turnout so we will need everyone helping. This year we are going to try and have every booth assigned before the fair so I will be leaning on you guys to help me with this. Several dads have suggested have a dad from each class partner with the room mom to get everyone in the class signed up, I like it. Please listen for the all call for the next fair meeting and try and attend.

8. Strawberry Fest parking is up in the air because of the possible construction of the new bank that may take away our entrance into the field. We will keep you informed on that.

9. T-shirts and Polos: You can go to Elite Design(out in front of school) and place your order for your shirts. They would like to print all of them at the same time. Let’s say try and get by there before September 23rd, two weeks from today.

I know that’s a lot but that is a plan for this school year.

Jerod Breaux


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

Food Drive Thanks

The following is a thank you note from Tim Messenger, president of the local St. Vincent de Paul Conference:

Dear Faculty and Students of St. Joseph School,

As president of our local St. Vincent de Paul Conference, I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for the canned food program you are once again undertaking for this school year. 

I recently visited our pantry to pick up some food for a needy family we were about to visit and realized just "how bare the cupboard" was after a summer without your program. It dawned on me then just how dependent we and the needy in our community have become on your most generous program. If any of you were to accompany us on our visits, you'd be touched by the gratefulness of those receiving these goods and so proud of the impact your program has on our community.

So, again, thanks so much for all you do. Please keep up the great work you are doing.

May God bless all of you,

Tim Messenger

Tangipahoa Parish Fair Pageant

If any girl needs an entry form for the Tangipahoa Parish Fair Pageant, they are available in the school office.

Our Parish

Fr. Paul A. McDuffie, Pastor
Larry J. Melancon - Deacon
Mike Agnello - 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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