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Weekly Newsletter - April 11, 2019

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Our Motto: Teaching the Mind...Nourishing the Soul

Theme for the Year - TRUTH

At St. Joseph Catholic School, we are striving to become missionary disciples by revealing the Truth of Christ to others through our actions.

Our Mission and Vision Statements


St. Joseph Catholic School provides students with a safe and prayerful learning environment, enveloped by an intimate community of active and faithful families.


Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth are committed to opening the doors so that our students can reach further than the walls that would otherwise enclose them and therefore are able to recognize and cherish the eternal and transcendental goods of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

From the Principal

We find ourselves in the 5th Week of Lent with Palm Sunday approaching. This weekend's reading signals the beginning of the series of events that ultimately led to Jesus' death on The Cross. We will witness how quickly the happy throngs of people welcoming Jesus into the city transform into an angry mob demanding His Crucifixion. Jesus accepts both with humility and grace. This is a time for us to contemplate Jesus' role as both Christ the King and Suffering Servant.

In Christ's service,

Diane Price, M.Ed.L.


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I invite you to watch this video from Fr. Mike Schmitz explaining the meaning of suffering during the Lenten Season, and beyond.

Truth Bible Verse for April

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Saintly Quotes to Ponder

He who speaks rightly should recognize that he receives the words from God. For the truth belongs not to him who speaks, but to God who is energizing him. - St. Mark the Ascetic

Truth suffers, but never dies. - St. Teresa of Avila

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Latin and greek roots challenge

Latin and Greek roots we are learning this week: octo-, octa-, homo-, hom-, junct-, join-, jug-

Enrollment for 2019-2020

  • New Family Enrollment Application - The link to the application for new families to the school is on the school website. We are still enrolling new families. Spread the word!

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Chrism Mass - Come witness Bishop Olson's blessing of all sacramental oils used in all parishes in our diocese. The Mass will be held on April 16th at 5:30 pm at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Fort Worth. It will be very crowded!

  • Early Dismissal - Holy Thursday, April 18th, at noon.

  • Come join us in the Marian Center for our Triduum Prayer Service on the morning of Holy Thursday (8:00 am) which recognizes the special time from Holy Thursday evening to evening prayer on Easter Sunday.

  • No School on Good Friday, April 19th

  • No School on Monday, April 22nd

  • If you are an Amazon customer, please use Amazon Smile! We receive a donation from Amazon when you shop. Go to: to participate. It is a very easy way to support the school! Thank you!

  • If you know a St. Joseph Catholic School alumni, please let them know we are looking to stay in contact, and would love to hear how they are doing. See the notice in our alumni section of below.

The ST. Joseph 22nd Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner

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Save the Date!

Saturday, April 27th at Tierra Verde Golf Club in Mansfield.

Sponsors are still needed. Please see the Thursday Folder for more details of this exciting fundraising event!

Box Top update

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Thank you so much for all the efforts in collecting Box Tops for our school! We have raised $2,177.00! That is fantastic! Mrs. Wolanin is in the lead!

Home and School Association (HSA)

  • Come to our last HSA Spirit Night of this school year, Tuesday, May 7th at Chick-fil-A on 4700 S. Cooper from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

  • The next HSA Meeting will be May 8th at 7:00 pm in the school cafeteria. There is no HSA Meeting in April. Come early to hear our band and violin students! They will be performing at 6:15 pm.

  • Please bring in your box tops. Be sure to check out the bulletin board display in the cafeteria to see which homeroom is in the lead! Thank you for all the hard work cutting and collecting for the school!

  • Looking for uniform pieces? Need to sell some pieces your child has outgrown? There is a Facebook page for that: SJCS Online Uniform Resale.
Our most recent Spirit Night at Spring Creek BBQ was well attended! Basket after basket of rolls were enjoyed by all! We had many current families attend and even a visit from old friends!

Safe Environment Training

You must first create a profile in VIRTUS for the Safe Environment Diocesan Program.

Per the Diocese, all school volunteers if they are current on Safe Environment, will have until 7/31/19 to renew through VIRTUS if you do not expire before that date. You need to go on the VIRTUS website and make a profile. You can do this without signing up for a class. Profiles are needed in the new system so we know you have previous training, as the old database is no longer open for viewing.

04/27/2019 1:15 PM St. Bartholomew Parish Fort Worth (Spanish)

04/27/2019 9:30 AM St. Vincent de Paul Parish Arlington

04/30/2019 6:00 PM St. Andrew Parish Fort Worth

05/02/2019 6:00 PM St. Francis of Assisi Parish-Grapevine Grapevine

05/04/2019 9:00 AM St. Benedict Fort Worth

05/06/2019 9:00 AM Catholic Center Fort Worth

05/06/2019 9:00 AM St. Peter the Apostle Parish-Fort Worth Fort Worth

05/07/2019 6:30 PM St. Vincent de Paul Parish Arlington

05/08/2019 6:00 PM St. Maria Goretti Parish Arlington

05/11/2019 9:00 AM St. Ann Parish Burleson

05/18/2019 9:00 AM St. Maria Goretti Parish Arlington

05/18/2019 9:00 AM Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Arlington

05/28/2019 6:30 PM St. Vincent de Paul Parish Arlington

05/29/2019 9:00 AM Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Arlington

06/01/2019 9:00 AM Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Arlington

06/08/2019 8:45 AM St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Keller

06/15/2019 8:45 AM St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Keller

06/15/2019 9:00 AM St. Maria Goretti Parish Arlington

06/19/2019 6:00 PM St. Maria Goretti Parish Arlington

06/22/2019 9:30 AM St. Vincent de Paul Parish Arlington

07/08/2019 6:00 PM Our Lady Queen of Peace Wichita Falls

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Teens and Driving - You have the Choice

(This week's message may be for our Knights now in high school, but I think it is still good reading. Enjoy!)

Mike was scared. He had a daughter who was about to turn sixteen. As if that wasn’t scary enough, Mike’s daughter, Angela, was excited to get her driver’s license and go cruising around the city with her friends.

To top it all off, Mike was quite certain his beloved Angela would not be a safe driver. She seemed totally focused on the fun aspect of driving and not on the responsibility. She spent lots of time texting and little time paying attention to the lessons of the road he tried to teach her. Despite his recommendations, she had saved up zero money toward the privilege.

What can parents do when they have teens in the house who are eager to drive but are not demonstrating readiness for this important responsibility?

For these situations, we really like the phrase:

“I’m happy to allow you the privilege of driving when I see you being responsible in other areas of life.”

Families get to decide what being responsible looks like in terms of chores, grades, finances, and other responsibilities kids might handle.

Of course, if we make this statement, we must follow through and delay the privilege until we truly see improvement in the areas of concern (particularly with youth who cannot stay off their phones at important times).

Please don’t fall for the myth that kids should automatically be afforded full driving privileges the day they turn sixteen, whether they have put time into saving and learning or not. We believe lives will be saved if adults refuse to make driving free and expect teens to display responsible behavior firstversus handing over keys and hoping they will be responsible behind the wheel.

Wise parents who are willing to delay the process for kids who aren’t ready will make the roads safer for everyone.

Jed Hafer

Love and Logic Institute, Inc.

Knights in Action!

Frassati Award Recipients

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Congratulations, Kaitlyn Mendez! Placing the needs of others before your own is living TRUTH! Performing little moments of kindness, as Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, warms the hearts of your fellow classmates. The Beatitude you exemplify: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.
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Ronen Vu, congratulations on receiving the Frassati Award for the constant support you give to your classmates, just like Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati! Being a good example of how to encourage one another through the challenges of school, shows others how to love as Jesus taught. The Beatitude you exemplify: Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
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Congratulations, Elizabeth Phan! Your kindness towards your fellow classmates in such a graceful and loving way is to be commended. Thank you for helping your friends when they may be having a bad day. Just like Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, you have a desire to serve the Lord by helping others. The Beatitude you exemplify: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Moments Captured around campus

Field Trips

Displays around campus

Stop by the school and take a look at all the beautiful work our students are creating!

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Our STREAM groups made PEEP shelters using a limited number of materials. Each team member chose one material and the team used all of the chosen materials in the design. Upper School classes tested their shelters as “cargo carriers” using the Egg-celent rockets they built last week. The “cargo carrier” test was introduced by four sixth grade girls without prompting from teachers: Jenna Poquiz, Sarah Hornick, Charisma Arteaga, Bao-Tran Nguyen....way to go girls!

RoboKnights in Action!

The team is learning the key to success is to never stop trying! Keep up the hard work, RoboKnights!

alumni news

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Alumni Robert Nagid, Henry Doskocil and Austin Burda (Class of 2018) are pictured here performing service work for Nolan at the Carmelite Monastery. Nicely done, gentlemen!
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All SJCS Alumni, we want to hear from you, and to share any news you have with the rest of the Knight Community! Please send us your address, phone number, and email address so we may keep in touch. Please send your information to Monica Hurtado at

Do you have any information you would like to share with the entire Knight Community? We would love that as well! Please send your news to

Once a Knight - Forever a Knight!

Are you in need of prayers?

The St. Joseph School Community would be honored to pray for you. Please send all prayer requests to this email address:

Meet our parish priests!

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish

  • Check out the Thursday Folder for an invitation to stroll down memory lane at the St. Joseph Parish 1950's through the 1960's dance on April 27th beginning at 7pm. Stop by after the Golf Tournament!

  • The last St. Joseph Men's Club Fish Fry will occur this Friday!

  • Be sure to look into The parish has paid for your subscription to this vast library of inspiring videos and essential reads to help grow your faith. Just go straight to the "Enter Code" button and enter 4BDX9H to begin the process. You may also access this through the parish website link below. Enjoy!

  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is occurring after daily Mass in the Chapel until 5:45pm. Come spend some time with our Lord.

  • Please enjoy this link to a lovely article in the North Texas Catholic about the pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fr. Kelley:

Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth link:

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