Psalm 150

R. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God! 

Praise the LORD in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.
Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty. 

R. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God! 

Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with lyre and harp,
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe. 

R. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God! 

Praise him with sounding cymbals,
praise him with clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD! Alleluia. 

R. Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!


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

Thursday, November 20
Field Trip (5th)

Friday, November 21
Spirit Dress 
Deadline to Order SJS/Pelican Tickets & T-shirts

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

Sunday, November 30
First Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 2
December Birthdays 

Wednesday, December 3
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive
Adopt-a-Child Collection 

Thursday, December 4
Field Trip (8th)

Friday, December 5
Spirit Dress

Sunday, December 7
Second Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 8
Mass @ 8:30 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Food Drive 

Tuesday, December 9
Home & School Meeting @ 6:30

Thursday, December 11
Advisory Council @ 6:30

Friday, December 12
Accelerated Reader Deadline
Exams (grades 6-7-8) English & Social Studies
Spirit Dress

Sunday, December 14
Third Sunday of Advent

Tuesday, December 16
Exams (grades 6-7-8) Reading & Science

Wednesday, December 17
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive
Crusaders Announced

Thursday, December 18
Exams (grades 6-7-8) Math

Friday, December 19
Christmas Program/Parties
Spirit Dress
Second Quarter Ends
1/2 Day - Early Dismissal

Sunday, December 21
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Thursday, December 25
Christmas Day

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

Tuesday, December 30
SJS/Pelicans Game

Monday, January 5
Classes Resume
No Bus Service
Dismissal @ 1:00

Book Fair - Two More Days

Joshua and Lauren Linton came to SJS Book Fair Family Night dressed to fit the "Castles - Kingdom of Book" theme for the event.

Students were treated to the biggest book fair ever to be held at St. Joseph this week. Three additional cases over our usual allotment were sent from Scholastic for the reading pleasure of our students.

The shopping continues Thursday and Friday of this week. SCHEDULE

Happy shopping everyone.

To see pictures of second graders enjoying the book fair, please visit BOOK FAIR.

SJS/Pelican Ticket Deadline - November 21

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

Thanksgiving Holidays - November 24-28

St. Joseph School will be closed Monday, November 24 through Friday, November 28 in order to let our students, faculty, and staff time to be with their families for their celebrations of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Clsses will resume on Monday, December 1.

December Calendar Changes

We would like to announce two calendar changes for the month of December.

The SJS Home & School Association meeting originally set for December 2, has been moved back a week to December 9.

The SJS Advisory Council meeting originally set for December 3, has been moved to December 11.

Please mark these changes on your calendars. We apologize for any inconveniences these changes may cause.

Thank you for your understanding.

November Crusaders

Congratulations to our November Crusaders!

Mini Crusader is Sarah Breaux, second grade.

Crusader is Victoria Perrin, eighth grade.

Way to go, our awesome Crusaders!

December Birthdays - December 2

All students at St. Joseph who have a birthday in December may come out of uniform on Tuesday, December 2.

This is the only day students with December birthdays may come out of uniform. There is no make-up day.

Out of uniform guidelines can be found on the WEBSITE.

Adopt-a-Child Collection - December 3

We will have our collection for our two "adopted" children from needy families in Guatemala on Wednesday, December 3, during Mass.

Our last collection netted $244.81. We appreciate all donations to this most worthy cause.

Mass - December 8

Our Mass the week of December 8 will be moved to Monday, December 8.

December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation.

We will collect the food for the needy at this Mass.

We will not have Mass any other day that week.

The painting is "The Immaculate Conception" by Murillo, 1678.

Home & School Meeting - December 9

The St. Joseph Catholic School Home and School Association meeting will be on Tuesday, December 9, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.

We hope to see everyone there.

Accelerated Reader Deadline - December 12

The Accelerated Reader deadline for the second quarter is Friday, December 12.

Exam Schedule

The exam schedule for grades 6-7-8 is as follows:

Friday, December 12 - English & Social Studies
Tuesday, December 16 - Reading & Science
Thursday, December 18 - Math

Grandparents Day

Debbie Gomez gives grandson Cade Montalbano a quick kiss as they go off to enjoy Grandparents Day at SJS!

Well over 500 grandparents from places far and near joined their grandchildren last Friday morning as part of the annual SJS Grandparents Day. Each grandparent was presented with a "goodie" bag from St. Joseph. They enjoyed refreshments in the gym followed by a short prayer service and a performance by the cheerleaders.

Grandchildren were able to join grandparents for tours, pictures, and book fair gift certificates. Events in the evening included Family book Fair Night and FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT.

To see more pictures of grandparents with their grandchildren, please visit GRANDPARENTS.

Thanksgiving Buddies

Alayna Chelette (left) and Molly Owens pause for a moment for a picture as they role-play the parts of Indian and Pilgrim in our traditional Indian/Pilgrim Buddy Day at St. Joseph.

Eighth grade students and their kindergarten buddies dressed like Pilgrims and Indians and attended Mass together in costume Wednesday morning to commemorate the original celebration.

After Mass, the two grades gave thanks and enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast together in the cafeteria.

To see all of our Pilgrims and Indians, please visit THANKSGIVING.

Community News

Camp Rec "Winter Break Series"
Presented by Southeastern's Rec Sports and Wellness Department

Camp Rec "Thanksgiving Week"
November 25 & 26 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Camp Rec "November 28th" (Shop till you drop!)
Friday, November 28 from 6:50 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Cam Rec "Christmas Week"
December 22 & 23 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

1st child - $35/day
$10/day for each additional child
Price includes breafkast, lunch, two snacks, physical activitiy.

Ages 5-12 are invited for crafts, sports, movies, and fun!

To regisiter, visit the Membership Desk in the Pennington Student Activity Center or contact 985-549-5591 to have a registration form FAXed to you. Or, you may simply email to have a registration form emailed to you.

Spaces are limited.

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.=
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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