Psalm 103

R. O bless the Lord, my soul! 

Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits. 

R. O bless the Lord, my soul! 

He pardons all your iniquities,
he heals all your ills.
He redeems your life from destruction,
he crowns you with kindness and compassion. 

R. O bless the Lord, my soul! 

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes. 

R. O bless the Lord, my soul!


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 
Fair Planning Meeting @ 6:30 in the Library

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
Full Day of School

Accelerated Reader Deadline - December 12

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

Exam Schedule - Starts December 12

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

STA Registration - December 16

Reminder to eighth grade students hoping to attend St. Thomas Aquinas High School for the 2015-2016 school term:

Registration is due on Tuesday, December 16.

Please visit their website to register. REGISTRATION.

Activities for December 19

7:35 - School day begins.

8:45 - Christmas program begins in gym.

10:00 - Classroom Christmas parties begin.

11:15 - Dismissal.

*** Students may wear red, green, or a Christmas shirt with jeans.

*** Please remember to send a note if your child willbe check out by someone other than their parent.

*** There will be NO After School Care.

Back-to-School - January 5

We return to class after the Christmas break on Monday, January 5. We have no buses either morning or afternoon on this date. This will be a full day of school.

Father/Daughter Dance - January 9

Come dance the night away at the annual Father/Daughter Dance on Friday, January 9, from 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Come dressed in attire from the 1950's. There will be an award given for the best dressed couple.

Girls from all grades and their fathers are invited. There will be music, dancing, food, drinks available. Pictures will be taken by Wendy LeSaicherre. Price for pictures is $10, to be paid the night of the dance.

Early Bird Price for the dance is $20 which admits one dad and one daughter.
Each additional daughter is $5.
At-the-door prices will be $30 per dad/daughter.
Each additional daughter will be $5.

Special circumstances permit another male figure in the student's life. This may include grandfather, uncle, etc.

Please register for the dance on EDLINE, then send the money to school in a well-marked envelope.

St. Nick Day

Students at St. Joseph had a very special visitor last Friday!

While the children were busy doing their schoolwork, St. Nicholas tiptoed into the hallway and dropped a candy cane into each student's shoe!

The feast day for St. Nicholas was December 6, but he came a day early this year just to surprise everyone. Once he left his candy, the generous bishop slipped away as quietly as he came. 

Perhaps one or two of the students MIGHT have seen a glimpse of St. Nick, but we can never be sure .............

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 beginning at 4:00.

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

See Old News: Archive