Psalm 145

R. The Lord is faithful in all his words. 

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might. 

R. The Lord is faithful in all his words. 

Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations. 

R. The Lord is faithful in all his words. 

The LORD is faithful in all his words
and holy in all his works.
The LORD lifts up all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down. 

R. The Lord is faithful in all his words.


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 
Adopt-a-Child Collection
Advisory Council Meeting

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 
Fair Planning Meeting @ 6:30

Wednesday, November 12
Food Drive

Friday, November 14
Spirit Dress
Grandparents' Day 
Family Book Fair Evening
Family Movie Night

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

Wednesday, November 19
Mass (with Pilgrims & Indians)
Food Drive
Crusaders Announced

Friday, November 20
Spirit Dress

Monday-Friday, November 24-28
Thanksgiving Holidays - No School

Fall Fest Royalty - October 30

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

The last day to vote for Fall Fest Royalty is 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!

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 will provide 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. We ask that all parents abide by these times in order to make playtime fair and safe for the 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.

No Bus Serivce/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.

All Saints Day Celebration - November 5

Our sixth grade students will lead the student body in a celebration of All Saints Day at Mass on Wednesday, November 5.

The students will dress as their favorite saints. Their Litany of Saints will take place at 8:25 followed by Mass at 8:30.

The "saints" will take part as various ministers of the Mass.

Veterans' Day Assembly - November 11

Our St. Joseph family would like to cordially invite any family members who are veterans to join us in a celebration of honor.

Our students will do a presentation in the school gym during our regular morning assembly on Tuesday, November 11, and we welcome our veterans.

Morning assembly begins at 7:35, and our presentation will immediately follow morning prayer. Please join us!

Fair Planning Meeting - November 11

A planning meeting for our May Fair will be held on Tuesday, November 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this meeting. The more ideas and help we have, the better the fair will be. Whether you're a new family to the school or one that has been with us forever, we welcome you to attend this meeting.

Grandparents Day - November 14

Friday, November 14

Look for details and more information from teachers and in next week's newsletter (November 5).

Scholastic Book Fair - November 14-21

The Scholastic Book Fair will be November 14-21.

Family Night will be Friday, November 14, just prior to Family Movie Night, at 4;30-6:45.

More details will follow in next week's newletter on November 5. View our fair homepage at BOOK FAIR.

We are looking for lots of parent volunteers to help with the bookfair. We can't run a successful bookfair without our wonderful parent support base.

The sign-up sheet is available at

Save the Date - November 20

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

Distinguished Graduate - Veronica Pierson

St. Joseph Catholic School is very pleased to announced that Mrs. Veronica Kraft Pierson has been selected as our 2014-2015 Distinguished Graduate.

Veronica is a 1988 graduate of St. Joseph School. She was chosen for this honor because she infuses her positive attitude into everything she does. She is happy and active in all aspects of her life: family, her children's school as well as her own, her church and her community. She lives God's message of evangelizing through her actions and attitude.

Veronica and her husband Lawrence have two sons, Logan and Lane. Both boys are SJS alumni.

Veronica's belief in Catholic education: "I believe Catholic schools provide students with the opportunity to develop their God-given talents through academic excellence and Catholic faith through prayer and service."

Veronica will be honored by the Diocese of Baton Rouge at a dinner during Catholic Schools Week in late January.

4-H Officers

Congratulations to the St. Joseph Catholic School 4-H officers for 2014-2015.

They are, sitting from left, Maria Guay (president) and Camryn Ernst (vice president).

Standing from left are Victoria Perrin (reporter), Deno Talbot (parliamentarian), Julian McCarroll (teasurer), and Chloe Ernst (secretary).

October Crusaders of the Month

St. Joseph Catholic School in Ponchatoula is proud to announce our October Crusaders of the Month --

The Mini Crusader is third grader Caden Dapprich (left).
The Crusader is fourth grader Landen Raiford.

Geauuuuuuuuuuuuuuux, Crusaders!

Yearbooks Have Arrived!

Excitement is all around the school as news about our 2013-2014 year books spreads around the school. Yearbooks are in and are being distributed today, Wednesday, October 29! 

Kudos to Mrs. Gabrielle Lloyd for her hard work on this memory book!

Gilberto Cobos (center) browses through the new annual while Alexandera Falk (left) and Alexis Vega look over his shoulder.

Those who prepaid for the yearbooks will receive them today. There area limited number of books available for purchase at $40 each. Please contact the office to obtain a copy. Books wil be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Red Ribbon Week

As part of the festivities from Red Ribbon Week, SJS proudly presents 2014 Faculty Volleyball Team!

Front row from left are Mrs. Stacy Bankston, Mrs. Gabrielle Lloyd, Mrs. Jeri Carroll, Mrs. Michel Dufreche, Mrs. Shelly Ernst, Mrs. Melissa Thomas, Mrs. Christina Billiot.

Back row from left are Mrs. Kelly Curtis, Mrs. Ashley Notariano, Mrs. Stephanie Mares, Mrs. Caterina Braun, Mrs. Danette Ragusa, Mrs. Sandy Gaines.

Not pictures are Mrs. Colette Hamilton, Mrs. Karen Aveton, and Mr. Charles Hines.

To see more Red Ribbon Week pictures, please visit RED RIBBON.

Geaux, Teacher Crusaders!

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.


Parish News

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. (5:00 Mass only until November 30)

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. (Beginning November 29, confessions will start at 4:00.)

Contact Information
Address - 255 North 8th Street (P.O. Box 368), Ponchatoula, LA 70454
Phone - 985.386.3749
Website -

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