Psalm 110

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. 

The LORD said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand 
till I make your enemies your footstool.” 

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. 

The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion: 
“Rule in the midst of your enemies.” 

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. 

“Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor; 
before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.” 

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. 

The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent: 
“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” 

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.


Friday, January 23
Spirit Dress

Sunday, January 25
Mother/Son Tailgate Party @ 1:00-3:00

Sunday, January 25-Saturday, January 31
Catholic Schools Week

Tuesday, January 27
Religion Fair 
Religion Fair - Parent Viewing 5:30-6:30 (gym)
Fair Planning Meeting 5:45 (library)
Home & School Meeting @ 6:30 (gym)

Wednesday, January 28
Mass @ 8:30
Food Drive
Crusaders Announced

Friday, January 30
Spirit Dress

Saturday, January 31
SJS/SLU Basketball Night

Re-registration Begins - January 21

Re-registration forms go home today, January 21.

The Advisory Council has approved the following fees and tuition for the 2015-2016 school year:

Registration - $200 per student - paid every year

Parish Supporter - $4100 per student (includes $100 technology fee)
Non Parish Supporter - $4800 per student (includes $100 technology fee)
Pre-kindergarten - $4500 per student (includes $100 technology fee)

The above numbers reflect an overall increase of $100 per student from the 2014-2015 school year for parish supporters; $150 for non parish supporters.

A $100 credit on tuition will be allowed for parents with two students enrolled.
A $200 credit on tuition will be allowed for parents with three students enrolled.

• Registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

• Re-registration forms with $200 per student registration fees are due by Friday, February 6. After this date, an additional $100 late registration fee per student will be charged.

• Open registration for new students will begin Monday, March 2. 

• Payment of tuition is due in full to the school by Thursday, April 30, or loan papers must be completed and returned to the school bookkeeper by Thursday, April 30.

• If arrangements are not made for payment of tuition/loan by Thursday, April 30, an additional $100 per student will be charged.

• Students dropping from the rolls after July 31 will be assessed a $200 per student drop fee.

• 8th grade ($100) graduation fees will be collected in April 2016.

Mother/Son Tailgate Party - January 25

Come have a great time at the annual Mother/Son Tailgate Party on Sunday, January 25, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Boys from all grades and their mothers are invited. There will be games, inflatables, food, and drinks available. Pictures will be taken by Wendy LeSaicherre. Price for pictures is $10, to be paid the day of the tailgate.

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

Special circumstances permit another female figure in the student's life. This may include grandmother, aunt, etc.

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

Catholic Schools Week - January 25-31

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. In 2015 that is January 25-31.

The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith,, Knowledge, and Service". 

Schools typically observe the annual celebration with activities that focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities, and our nation.

At St. Joseph Catholic School we will have the following activities for CSW:

Sunday, January 25
Mother/Son Tailgate Party @ 1:00-3:00

Monday, January 26
Teachers distribute CSW pencils 
Teachers display "Shields of Faith" outside classrooms
Introduction to CSW by various students at morning assembly
Choir sings "From Age to Age"
Distinguished Graduate presentation at morning assembly

Tuesday, January 27
Religion Fair
Parent viewing of Religion Fair 5:30-6:30
Home & School Meeting @ 6:30

Wednesday, January 28
Special CSW prayer 
Choir sings "From Age to Age"
Crusaders of the Month announced
CSW Mass - one student from each class processes in with "Shield of Faith"
Jr. Beta Club induction ceremony

Thursday, January 29
Special CSW prayer
Choir sings "From Age to Age"
Teacher Appreciation Lunch sponsored by H&S
Seven students attend Diocesan Mass with the Bishop

Friday, January 30
Spirit dress with pink and blue t-shirts for $1.00 donation
Special CSW prayer
Choir sings "From Age to Age"
Students of the Year Announced

Saturday, January 31
SJS/SLU Basketball Night

Religion Fair - January 27

Our annual Religion Fair will be held on Tuesday, January 27.

This fair involves participation from all students in the schools. 

Judging of the projects will take place during the day. Students will view projects and winners will be announced that day.

Parents are invited to view the religion projects in the evening from 5:30-6:30. Viewing will be followed by a Home and School Association meeting in the gym.

Fair Planning Meeting - January 27

The next fair planning meeting will be on Tuesday, January 27, at 5:45 in the library.

The focus of this meeting will be the silent auction and fair sponsorship. 

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Home & School Meeting - January 27

The St. Joseph Catholic School Home and School Association meeting will be on Tuesday, January 27, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.

We hope to see everyone there.

Blue/Pink Shirts - January 30

On Friday, January 30, students may wear baby blue or baby pink shirts with their spirit attire for $1.00 donation.

Proceeds from this donation will offset the donation of baby items made to Catholic Charities in the name of SJS students. This is an annual gift from our students to those in need.

SJS/SLU Basketball Night - January 31

St. Joseph Night with Southeastern Louisiana University Basketball will be Saturday, January 31, when SLU plays Northwestern State.

6:00 p.m. Pre-game Reception for SJS
Reception at the arena will include refreshments and the SLU basketball coach will speak 30 minutes before tipoff.

7:00 p.m. Game Starts
Our group will sit together in the arena. What a fun night to spend with your family! Some of our SJS student athletes will be participating throughout the game and at halftime. Those athletes will be given details from their SJS coaches. 

ADDED BONUS: Your ticket will also allow you to get into the SLU women's game starting at 4:30.

Tickets are $5/person.
Order tickets on EDLINE and send payment to the office in a well-marked envelope.
Deadline to order is January 28. Tickets will be available to pick up from the school office on January 29 and 30.

Open House for Prospective Parents - February 23

We're looking for a few good families.

If you have friends, neighbors, or relatives who might be interested in sending their children to St. Joseph School, please provide us with their names and addresses so that we may send them an invitation to our Open House.

Prospective parents will be able to see classes in session, meet and talk with the teachers, ask questions, and get a feel for ST. Joseph School at this Open House.

Our parents are our best advocates. Thank you for your tremendous support of SJS.

Flyers for prospective families were already sent home. We thank those who have sent in names. If you need another flyer: OPEN HOUSE.

Emily Waddell Athlete of Month

Congratulations to Emily Waddell (SJS Class of 2012)! Emily Waddell has been named the North Oaks Sports Medicine Student-Athlete of the Month. Emily is a junior at Ponchatoula High School. Pictured (from left to right) are North Oaks Medicine Supervisor Jeff Shmitt, PHS Volleyball Coach Lauren Long, Emily Waddell, and North Oaks Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Johnathan Gant.

100th Day of School

Second grade students rock their suspenders and canes as they dress like 100-year-old people as part of the SJS second grade's 100th day of school celebration on Friday, January 16. These students had many activities on that day designed to enjoy the event.

First grade students acknowledged the milestone by wearing hats which were each decorated with 100 different items. They also spent the day in activities worthy of the occasion.

To see more pictures of the second graders, please visit 100th DAY.

Box Tops for Education

What a great surprise for the school! 

St. Joseph Catholic School has received a check from the Box Tops for Education Program for $767.70! This is the collection for one quarter of the year.

Thanks to those who keep sending in those box tops. It really pays!

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 through Thursday 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 -  

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