Isaiah 12

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation. 

God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation. 

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation. 

Give thanks to the LORD, acclaim his name;
among the nations make known his deeds,
proclaim how exalted is his name. 

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation. 

Sing praise to the LORD for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel! 

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.


Thursday, October 23
RRW - SOCK it to drugs/alcohol - Wear crazy socks with regular school uniform.

Friday, October 24
Spirit Dress (Fall Fest Shirts)
RRW - Pep rally & faculty/8th grade volleyball game 

Friday-Sunday, October 24-26
Holy Ghost Parish Fair

Monday, October 27
PreK-3rd grades $10 & form for Fall Fest armbands due
4th-7th grades permission slips and Fall Fest field trip money due

Wednesday, October 29
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive
Crusaders Announced

Friday, October 31
Fall Fest
Spirit Dress (Fall Fest Shirts)
Happy Halloween!

Sunday, November 2
Daylight Savings Time Ends (Fall Back)

Tuesday, November 4
November Birthdays
No Bus Service!!
1:00 Dismissal

Wednesday, November 5
Mass (All Saints' Day Celebration)
Food Drive
Advisory Council Meetiong

Thursday, November 6
Field Trip (4th grade)

Friday, November 7
Spirit Dress
Field Trip (8th)

Monday, November 10
Field Trip (6th)

Tuesday, November 11
Veterans' Day Ceremony

Wednesday, November 12
Food Drive

Friday, November 14
Spirit Dress
Grandparents' Day

Monday-Friday, November 17-21
Scholastic Book Fair (in library)

Wednesday, November 19
Food Drive 
Crusaders Announced

Friday, November 20
Spirit Dress

Monday-Friday, November 24-28
Thanksgiving Holidays

Red Ribbon Week - October 20-24

Red Ribbon Week for St. Joseph School will be October 20-24.

The schedule will be as follows:

Monday, October 20 -
I'm a JEAN-ius because I'm drug/alcohol free!
Wear jeans, school shoes and socks, and a red shirt to school.

Tuesday, October 21 -
Love yourself, be drug/alcohol free!
Hobby Day

Wednesday, October 22 -
I CAN make good choices to be drug/alcohol free!
Bring canned goods to Mass.

Thursday, October 23 -
SOCK it to drugs/alcohol!
Wear crazy socks with regular uniforms.

Friday, October 24 -
Spirit dress.
Pep rally.
Faculty/8th grade volleyball game.

Fall Fest - October 31

The annual SJS Fall Festival will be Friday, October 31.

This year our grade levels will attend Fall Fest at various times throughout the day. This willprovide students with greater access to the games.

The schedule is as follows:
PreK ............................ 9:00-10:15 a.m.
K .................................. 10:15-11:30 a.m.
1st grade .................... noon-1:15 p.m.
2nd & 3rd grades ..... 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Each grade will have approximatley one hour and fifteen minutes of play time. Students will only be allowed to attend at their designated time to ensure maximum play time for all students.

PreK-3rd grade - All students are asked to bring in one dozen of the following:
** homemade treat (ex. brownies, cookies, cupcakes, rice crispy treats, muffins, etc.) - treats need be covered or in Ziploc bags
** juice boxes
** botttled waters.
Please send these items the week of the festival - October 27-30.

Fall Fest Queen/King

The Jr. Beta Club will be sponsoring the Fall Fest Queen/ King Fundraiser again this year. 

From Thursday, October 23 until Thursday, October 30, students can bring in quarters to vote for the teacher that would make the best Queen or King of Fall Fest. The teacher that has the most money donated under his or her name will be crowned during assembly on the day of Fall Fest. 

All donations for this fundraiser will go toward buying library books for a school in need. Bring your change in and vote!

No Bus Service/Early Dismissal - November 4

Tangipahoa Parish School System will not have school on Tuesday, November 4. 

St. Joseph Catholic School DOES have school on Tuesday, November 4, until 1:00 p.m.

However, we will have no bus service on that date. Everyone will be carpool. Carpool will run on both sides of the building in the morning as well as the afternoon.

We will dismiss at 1:00 p.m. on this date so that our teachers may participate in professional development.

After school care will be open on November 4.

Save the Date - December 30

St. Joseph School - Group Night with the New Orleans Pelicans
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Phoenix Suns @ 7:00pm

Come experience a New Orleans Pelicans game with our St. Joseph School Group.
The game is during the holiday break, so the students don’t have school that day.
Our tickets will be together in a large group.

This year we have two price options, the balcony ($10) or the lower end ($25).
An optional St. Joseph/New Orleans Pelicans t-shirt may be purchased for $10 each.
You will order on Edline and send your check to the office in an envelope marked Pelicans.

The deadline to order is November 21st.
NO orders will be processed until the money is received.

Our group will receive the following:

*Halftime Fan Tunnel: 20 people from our group will be allowed to go on the court to form a fan tunnel and high-five the Pelicans players. We will pull 20 tickets from our group. This drawing will be done at school the week of December 15th. The 20 tickets drawn will be the able to participate in the fan tunnel.

*Our entire group will be allowed on the floor after the game to take a group photo on the court with some of the Pelicans dancers. They send the group picture to the school.

*Our group name will be posted on the Jumbotron at halftime.

Balcony Ticket $10 each (Balcony seats are in the upper level of the arena)
Lower End Ticket $25 each (Lower seats are on the first lever of the arena)

Optional St. Joseph/New Orleans Pelican group night t-shirt $10 each

Football Ticket Raffle Winners

And the winners of the football raffle tickets are:

Winning raffle ticket - Ashlyn Bridges (ticket sold by Brody Bridges)!

Second raffle winer - Luke Varisco!

In the picture (from left) -
Preston Davidson - sold second most raffle tickets.
Brody Bridges - sold most raffle tickets.
Mackenzie Clement - sold third most raffle tickets.

The pizza parties were won by Mrs. Harwell's KA class and Mrs. Ernst's 6B class.

This fund raiser brought in over $11.000!

Many, many thanks to Jerod Breaux and the Crusader Dads for the ticket donations and organization of this great fund raiser and to everyone who participated. 

We have a great bunch of Crusader parents!

Accelerated Reader Clubs

Congratulations to our students who have earned enough Accelerated Reader points to join our AR Clubs!

Devin Schwaibold has the honor of currently being the sole member of the 250 Club with 391.9 points. Nine more students have reached the 100 Point Club and will soon join Devin.

To see pictures of our Accelerated Readers who have reached 100 points or better so far this year, please visit READERS.

We will continue adding pictures to this site as our student keep reading!

Cross Country NIAL Results

Ethan Laurent is the NIAL Sub-Elementary Boys' Cross-Country Champion. The race was a half mile and he won with at time of 3:15.55

The Girls Jr. High Team and Girls Middle School Team both took 2nd place in the NIAL Championship.

Members of the Middle School team included: Jayda Babin (who finished 3rd overall with a one mile time of 6:24.38), Jaydn Richard, Marley Richard, Hannah Habbisreitinger, Hanna Bankston, and Crista Wolfe.

Members of the Jr. High team included: Paige Bankston, Heather Habbisreitinger, Madison Gill, Mia Kugler, Petyon Lesaicherre, Leigh Henderson, and Ashley Morse.

Wavette Dance Clinic

The 2014 Wavette Dance Clinic will be held on Saturday, October 25, in the Ponchatoula High School gym.

The clinic is open for students in grades K-8th.

Fee is $25 per student.

Students may register by filling out the form at CLINIC and mailing it to the included address.

For more information, please contact Molly Bel or Erica Morse at 985-386-3514.

Ponchatoula Youth Basketball

Online registration is open until November 2, 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.

Uniform try on dates are 9/27, 10/4, and 10/18 from 9:00-1:00 in the gym.


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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