Psalm 33

R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. 

Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten stringed lyre chant his praises.
Sing to him a new song;
pluck the strings skillfully, with shouts of gladness. 

R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. 

For upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full. 

R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. 

Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
May your kindness, O LORD, be upon us
who have put our hope in you. 

R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.


Friday, September 19
Spirit Dress

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

Wednesday, September 24
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive
Crusaders Announced 
Drama Auditions after School

Friday, September 26
Spirit Dress 
Fall Fest T-shirt Orders Due by Noon

Wednesday, October 1
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive
Adopt-a-Child Collection

Thursday, October 2
Exams (grades 6-7-8) English/Social Studies

Friday, October 3
St. Joseph has school today!
No Bus Service
Exams (grades 6-7-8) Reading/Science
First Quarter Accelerated Reader Deadline
Spirit Dress

Monday, October 6
Fiar Meeting @ 6:30

Tuesday, October 7
Exams (grades 6-7-8) Math
SJS/Papa John's Pizza Night
Home & School Meeting @ 6:30

Wednesday, October 8
Living Rosary @ 8:30
No School Mass

Thursday, October 9
First Quarter Ends

Friday, October 10
Spirit Dress

Football Raffle Tickets

The St. Joseph Home and School Association is excited to announce the football tickets raffle again this year!

The first name drawn will have the choice of Saints v 49ers or LSU v Ole Miss tickets. The remaining tickets will go to the second name drawn.

The student body is asked to get involved by selling ten raffle tickets at $5.00 each. Raffle tickets were sent home on Wednesday, September 17.

First, second, and third place ticket sellers will receive a LSU/Saints gift basket donated by Chuck's Field of Dreams.

The student who sells the winning ticket will also receive a prize.

In addition to the individual prizes, the class between preK and 3rd grade and the class between 4th and 8th grade that sells the most tickets will each be awarded a pizza party.

All tickets and money must be turned into the office by Wednesday, October 15. The drawing will be held on Friday, October 17. 

Additional tickets are available in the school office.

Fall Fest T-Shirts

It's time to order Fall Fest T-Shirts!

Shirts will be printed to look like the picture above. 

Shirts are $11 each. They come in sizes Youth Small to Adult XXL.

Shirts may be worn with spirit dress every Friday in October.

The deadline for shirt orders is noon on Friday, September 26.

Shirts may be ordered on EDLINE.

SJS/Papa John's Pizza - 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.

Jr. Beta Officers

The Jr. Beta Club at St. Joseph has announced officers for the 2014-2015 school year.

Leigh Henderson (seated) has been elected president. Serving with her (left to right) are Thomas Casey, vice president, Brett Monistere, secretary, and Justin Hutches, treasurer.

It looks like a great year is in store for Jr. Beta at SJS!

Conscience Project

As a project for religion class, 8th grade students worke din teams to research and create Keynote presntations about "What Is a Well-Formed Conscience?"

The presentations were then shared with student sin the 4th grade who were studying the same topic.

In the picture, 8th graders Scott Jacobs and Deno Talbot explain their presentation to 4th graders using their iPads and Apple TV projection system.

STA Visit

Josh Wittie from the St. Thomas Aquinas High School Development Office visited with 7th and 8th grade students after assembly last week to present each with a stylus for their iPads and a ticket for the STA football game in Strawberry Stadium at Southeastern University. 

He informed students of the exciting experiences happening at STA and welcomed the 8th graders tro particpate in upcoming shadow days. 

We wish STA much good fortune in their season this year. Go, Falcons!

Biology I

 Bright and early on a Monday morning, the SJS Biology I class kicks off the week with a lab that has them investigating and describing the role of enzymes in the function of the cell. 

Justin Hutches (left) and Chase Mack are seriously concentrating while counting drops into their experiment. These Biology I students will earn a high school credit for this class at the end of their eighth grade year. 

To see the rest of the lab pictures, please visit the Photo Albums of our website at BIOLOGY I.

Send in Those Boxtops

St. Joseph School participates in the Box Tops for Education® program and welcomes donations of the coupons.

Box Tops for Education® is one of the nation's largest school earnings loyalty programs and has been helping schools succeed since 1996. With over 250 participating products, it's an easy way for schools to earn cash for the things they need.

Over 90,000 K-8 schools participate nationwide.

Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10¢, and they add up fast!

Thank you for helping SJS collect Box Tops coupons.

We Also Collect Community Coffee Coupons

The Community Cash for Schools® program was started over 25 years ago to enable loyal Community customers to give back to their local schools.

Over the years, school have earned for $4,000,0000, but what's really important is what local schools can do with their money.

St. Joseph School does participate in the Community Cash for Schools® program and welcomes donations of Community coupons.

Holy Ghost Fair

This year, the students at St. Joseph School are being offerd the opportunity to purchase the all weekend pay-one-price ride bracelet sold in advance at the same price as Holy Ghost School student pay. 

Ride bracelets must be purchased in adance for anyone of any age. These bracelets will not be sold at the fair. 

Order forms and details were sent home to SJS students on Wednesday, September 17.

Order forms and checks may be turned in to the SJS office. 


Ponchatoula Youth Volleyball

Girls and boys in grades 5-9.

Online registration is open until October 4, at

Forms may also be dropped off at the gym on Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

A player clinic wil be held on September 30 and October 2 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.


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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