Psalm 67

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide.

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him!

R. O God, let all the nations praise you!


Thursday, April 30
Tuition for 2015-2016 Due
Loan Papers for 2015-2016 Due
Team Sports Pictures during School
Individual Sports Pictures after School

Friday, May 1
No School - Fair Holiday

Friday - Sunday, May 1-3
Spring Fair

Monday - Friday, May 4-8
Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 5
May Birthdays
Athletic Awards

Wednesday, May 6
No School Mass
Crowning of Mary

Thursday, May 7
Spirit Dress - Any SJS T-Shirt for $1
Math-a-Thon Deadline

Friday, May 8
Spirit Dress
Accelerated Reader Deadline
Crusaders of the Month Luncheon

Tuesday, May 12
June Birthdays
Exams - grade 8 - English/Social Studies

Wednesday, May 13
Exams - grade 8 - Science/Reading
Advisory Council

Thursday, May 14
Exams - grade 8 - Math

Friday, May 15
Yearbook Deadline
Spirit Dress
Exams - grades 6-7 - English/Social Studies

Tuition/Loan Papers - April 30

Tuition-in-full or LOAN PAPERS for tuition through First Guaranty Bank are due to the school office by Thursday, April 30.

A late fee will be assessed for tuition or loan papers turned in after this date.

Fair T-shirts - April 30

Students may wear spirit dress or spirit dress with fair t-shirts on Thursday, April 30.

Sports Pictures - April 30

Dear Sports Parents,

This year we have scheduled two afternoons for you to choose from to bring your child to have their individual sports picture taken. This is optional. It is not mandatory that a picture be taken of your child.

Mrs. Wendy LeSaicherre, with LeSaicherre Photography, will be here on Thursday, April 30, from 4:00-6:30 P.M. Every student must have adult with them for the picture. No student can be dropped off.

Please be sure to have your child dressed in their sports uniform. If they participated in more than one sport and you want to order pictures for each sport, you must fill out an order form for each sport. However, you may write one check for all of your orders.

Group sports pictures will not be taken during these times. Mrs. Little will take group sports shots during the school in their school uniforms.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions, please email

Thank you.


Fair School Holiday - May 1

In order for parents to prepare for the Spring Fair, students at SJS will have a fair holiday on Friday, May 1.

No school on that day, so come on out and enjoy the Fair!

FAIR Updates

You can purchase advance tickets for Saturday bands at the fair via BROWN PAPER TICKETS. Click on the link, and it will take you to the website.

The Spring Fair has a Facebook page. Check out SJS SPRING FAIR on Facebook. We will keep you up to date on anything fair.

New Carpool - May 4

We will have a new carpool route effective Monday, May 4.

It is necessary to make this change now because construction for the expanded cafeteria will begin that week, making the current carpool route unavailable.


A map of the carpool was sent home on Wednesday, April 29.

Please become familiar with the route.

** Once you enter the church parking lot from 8th Street, form a double line.
** The double line will be for both morning and afternoon carpool.
** Cars will merge into a single line at Hickory where cars exit the church parking lot.
** There will now be a four way stop on the corners of 7th Street and Hickory Street.
** When you get to the corner of 7th and Hickory after you pick up your child/children:
** Turn right if you will be turning right onto Highway 22 (Pine Street)
** Go straight to 6th Street and turn right onto 6th Street if you will be turning left onto Highway 22
** OR you may turn left at any of the stop signs if you are headed in that direction.
** Buses will continue to turn onto Hickory off of 8th Street.
** Please be sure to watch for buses before pulling away from carpool.
** There will be a police officer at the four way stop on Hickory and 7th Streets to assist with cars and buses at the stop sign.
** Please continue to follow the designated route and rules even when school personnel is not present.

Your cooperation is most appreciated as the safety of our students is our primary goal.

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 4-8

May 4-8 is National Teacher Appreciation Week.

We are very blessed at St. Joseph to have an amazing staff of teachers and aides.

Please help us to make them feel loved and extra-special next week.

Home and School will be assisting us with goodies and meals. If you would like to send something special to your child’s teacher, homemade cards, flowers from your garden, or homemade goodies will always put a smile on her face.

Teachers are easy to please so whatever you choose to show your appreciation and support will be a wonderful treat!

May Birthdays - May 5

All students at St. Joseph who have a birthday in May may come out of uniform on Tuesday, May 5.

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

Out of uniform guidelines can be found on the WEBSITE.

Sports Awards - May 5

St. Joseph Catholic School will present its Athletic Awards to students on all teams on Tuesday, May 5, at 6:00 P.M. in the gym.

May Crowning - May 6

There will be no school Mass on Wednesday, May 6.

We will have a May Crowning ceremony on Wednesday, May 6, at 9:00 A.M. in the church.

Students who would like to present flowers to the Blessed Virgin are invited to bring flowers to school for the presentation.

Exceptional Spirit Dress Day - May 7

Students at St. Joseph will be offered an exceptional spirit dress day on Thursday, May 7.

For a $1 donation, students may wear any SJS t-shirt to school with their spirit dress to show support for the diocesan special education expansion. They can pick their favorite from the many in their closets. Below is the blurb from the Catholic Schools Office:

Exceptional Dress Down Day: Please plan to have a dress down day for students to raise awareness of the special education expansion and to allow familiies to support the program. your school's donation can be made online through the CSO website ( or through a check to the Diocese of Baton Rouge Special Education Program.

Math-a-Thon - May 7

Math-a-Thon workbooks were sent home this week. They are due back to the school with donations on Thursday, May 7.

Yearbook Orders - due May 15

Yearbook order forms for the 2014-2015 annual has been sent home. They are due back to the school by Friday, May 15.

Yearbooks will be distributed in the fall of 2015.


Accelerated Reader - May 8

The last day to take Accelerated Reader tests for the fourth quarter is Friday, May 8. No tests will be taken after this date.

April Crusaders

Congratulations to our April Crusaders of the Month!

Marlee Little (8th grade) is our Crusader. Abby Foster (2nd grade) is the Mini Crusaders.

We are proud of these girls and of all of our Crusaders!

Softball Champs

The softball girls did it again!

They played the NIAL championship game on Wednesday and won it all! First place girls!

Members of the team are:
front row, from left: Krislyn Dapprich, Grace Garcia, Brilee Broussard, Heather Habisreitinger.
second row, from left, head coach Chris Dapprich, Molli Rae Kinchen, Sophia Nuzzolillo, Madissen Ford, Samantha Wisecarver, Emily Wells, Skylar Cheek, and coach Sarah Garcia.

Way to go, Lady Crusaders!

Millsaps Signee - Alumni News

Congratulations to Ricky Henry (SJS Class of 2011). This STA senior has signed a commitment letter to play football at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Ricky received a 4-year scholarship and expects to help Millsaps continue in its winnings ways on the gridiron.

Pictured with Ricky are (seated, l-r) his father Dr. Ricky Henry and stepmother Debbie Henry; (standing, l-r) STA principal Jose Becerra, Ricky's sisters Raeghen Henry, Maddie Henry, and Leighanne O'Dowd; and STA head football coach John White. Not pictured is Ricky's mother Donna Henry.

National Honor Society - Alumni News

Congratulations to our alumni who have been inducted into the Ponchatoula High School National Honor Society on April 20.

New members are as follows:

Michael Alack
Blair Atkins
Courtney Curtis
Christina Ernst'
Alyssa Henderson
Holly Kliebert
Lydia Pevey
Emily Ransom.

They join the following SJS alumni members of NHS:

Scott Dufreche
Jebadiah Kraft
Jacob Schmaltz
Emily Waddell

Shelby Bagby
Leah Dahmer
Bethany Herrick
Danita Majeau
Sarah Ryals
Krystal Waddell
Raylea Willoughby.

Congratulations to all!

Rosaryville News


On May 9, Rosaryville will have it's second annual Nun Run 5K: A Run Like Nun Other!

Rosaryville and the Dominican Sisters of Peace invite everyone to this wonderful event. Participants are encouraged to wear creative nun outfits and turn out for the trail run through the beautiful grounds of Rosaryville.

The Fun Run will begin at 8:30 A.M. followed by the 5K Trail Run beginning at 9:00 A.M. Friends and family can make their own teams.

For more information, please contact Rosaryville at or 225-294-5039.

Proceeds go to renovating Kateri Hall for its various uses during the year.



Camp Kateri provides a special summer camp program of recreations, adventure, creativity, and fun! From canoeing, swimming, archery, sports, arts and crafts to campfires each day at camp is packed with discovery and great opportunitites to build lasting friendships and unforgettable memories.

This year features a day of horseback riding and animals from Barnhill Preserve.

Sessions are June 21-26 and July 12-17.

The camp is for ages 7-13.

Register at

Overnight is $456.95. Day camp is $301.95.

The camp offers early bird specials, family discounts, and multiple week discounts.


Community News

June 15-18
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Ages 9-13
For more information, please contact Hailey at 985-345-2453 or

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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