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Weekly Newsletter - February 8, 2018

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

Theme for the Year - Beauty

Mission Statement

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

Bible Verse for the Month

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From the Principal

Thank you to everyone who donated items to the 8th Grade Garage Sale. What a huge event! To all the parent and student volunteers, thank you for your dedication to this fundraiser for the 8th grade. Organizing a mountain of items into a lovely sale was no easy task. Thank you to Mrs. Wolanin and Rebecca Bosquez for keeping it all moving. I know they are so appreciative of all the support you gave.

This is our last week before the Season of Lent is upon us. I have included in this newsletter two videos about Lent that you and your family might like to watch. They do a nice job of steering one in the right direction before February 14th. We have also purchased Lenten calendars for the students to use throughout the season. They should be coming home in their backpacks early next week. Lent falls on Valentine's Day this year. We can look at this day as a day to present a valentine to Jesus by striving to do something of true penance during Lent.

Be sure to check out the pictures from the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda found in this newsletter. They have built their well, thanks to your generosity. The images of clean flowing water brought tears to my eyes. I am so honored to be a part of this community. We pray for you and your family. Please keep us in your prayers as well.

In Christ's Service,

Diane Price


Recommended Book List

Spiritual Reading for Spring 2018

Rev. James Wilcox

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Encouragement to select a book from the list below to read this semester. This will serve as a good example to your student(s). If you want to send me an email letting me know the book you selected and your thoughts after you completed, I would enjoy that. God bless!

Adam, Karl, The Spirit of Catholicism

Aquinas, Thomas, Summa Contra Gentiles

Augustine of Hippo, City of God

Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

Bellarmine, Robert, Ordinatio

Benedict of Norcia, The Rule

Bernard of Clairvaux ,Commentary on the Song of Songs

Bonaventure, The Life of St. Francis

Borromeo, Charles ,Tridentine Catechism

Cantalamessa, Raniero, Sober Intoxication of the Spirit

Cassian, John, Conferences

Cassian, John, Confessions

Catherine of Sienna, Dialogues

Ciszek, Fr. Walter J., He Leadeth Me

Ciszek, Fr. Walter J., With God in Russia

Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical Lectures

Day, Dorothy, The Long Loneliness

De Lisieux, St. Therese, The Story of a Soul

de Sales, Francis, The Devout Life

DeMontfort, St. Louis, True Devotion to Mary

Dulles, Avery Cardinal, Models of the Church

Francis of Assisi, The Canticle of Brother Sun

Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Moses

Groome, T.H., What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life

Guardini, Romano, The Lord’s Prayer

Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises

John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel

John of the Cross, The Dark Night of the Soul

John of the Cross, The Spiritual Canticle

Julian of Norwich, Showings

Justin Martyr, First Apology

Justin Martyr, Second Apology

Kreeft, Peter, Fundamentals of Faith

Lewis, C.S., The Abolition of Man

Lewis, C.S., The Great Divorce

Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity

Merton, Thomas, No Man is an Island

Merton, Thomas, The Seven Storey Mountain

Modras, R., Ignatian Humanism: A Dynamic Spirituality for the 21st Century

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Letters

Newman, John Henry, The Idea of a University

Newman, John Henry, University Sermons

Nouwen, Henri, The Wounded Healer

Nouwen, Henri, Life of the Beloved

Pieper, Josef, On Hope

Pieper, Josef, The Four Cardinal Virtues

Ratzinger, Joseph, Introduction to Christianity

Ratzinger, Joseph (Pope Benedict XVI), Jesus of Nazareth

Sheen, Archbishop Fulton, Life is Worth Living

Sheen, Archbishop Fulton, Way to Inner Peace

Spoto, D., Reluctant Saint: The Life of Francis of Assisi

Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle

Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle

Tetlow, Fr. Joseph, SJ, Making Choices in Christ

Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

Vianney, St. John Marie, Sermons of the Cure de Ars

Von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Christian Meditation

Von Balthasar, Hans Urs, Credo Meditations on the Creed

Ward, Benedicta, The Sayings of Desert Fathers

Resources for the Beginning of Lent

Quotes to Ponder

Genuine love is demanding. But its beauty lies precisely in the demands it makes.

- St. Pope John Paul II

I seek the beauty of Heaven. I was ready to become a prisoner in order to give this Heavenly beauty to other souls.

- St. Therese, The Little Flower

At St. Joseph Catholic School, we are striving to become missionary disciples by bringing others to Christ, through the recognition of what is beautiful around us each and every day, and reflecting that beauty in our actions.

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Latin and Greek Root Challenge

-tend, -tent, -tens, jur-, jus-, dem-, demo-

Reminders and Upcoming Events

  • Online RenWeb Reenrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year Deadline - was February 8th, with Open Registration occurring February 10th from 8:00 am - 10:00 am. Please contact the school office if you are having any issues reenrolling.

  • Progress Reports will be emailed out the afternoon of February 9th.

  • Please join us for the next Monday Morning Prayer Service, February 12th. We will have our Asian/Lunar New Year Celebration. There will be a lion dance performed by the student body. Everyone is invited!

  • Don't think Box Tops matter? Well, just by clipping these from the items our families use everyday, the school received a check for $409.80! We will be receiving one more check before the school year is over. Please save these for us! Imagine if everyone did this, how much we could receive.

  • Join us at the church for Ash Wednesday on February 14th, the beginning of the Lenten Season.

  • Upper School's Mardi Gras Breakfast is happening on Tuesday, February 13th.

  • Our NJHS students will lead the St. Joseph Community in the Stations of the Cross on Friday, February 16th at 6:30pm. Please join them.

  • My Competitive Knight is scheduled for Saturday, February 17th. Please check the Thursday Folder flyer for details.

Home and School Association (HSA)

  • Box Tops are always being collected for the school. Don't forget to clip them and bring them into the front office to help raise money for the school. The next collection date is April 10th.

  • Looking for uniform pieces? Need to sell some pieces your child has outgrown? There is a Facebook page for that: SJCS Online Uniform Resale.

  • It's never too late to join the HSA! Come by the school office to pick up a form. The cost is $15.00.

car line observations

  • It is very important that cars are not left unattended in the car line. Please park your car in the large lot beside the field is you need to leave your vehicle.

  • Please remember that if you are walking your child into the school building, you are to park in the large lot in front of the field. Foot traffic should not be occurring in the very front parking lot, even though there is a defined crosswalk. It is dangerous to be walking between the cars.

  • For the safety of all, please be aware of your speed as you move through the parking lots.

  • Please be patient with friends and extended family members who drop off and pick up students. Many times they have not been informed of the proper way to navigate the car line. We do reach out to families after arrival and dismissal who seem to not understand the car line pattern.

  • If you have a friend or extended family member picking up your child, please take a minute to explain the procedures to them. Please reference the diagram. Thank you!

  • We would ask that a cell phone not be in your hand while driving in the car line. We all know it only takes one sudden distraction to alter lives forever.

Knights in the News!

Click on the link below for an article about the Project Supported by SJCS with Funds from the 2017-2018 Water Walk


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We are so very proud of 8th Grader, Ryan Jimenez, for earning Second Place during the Scripps Spelling Bee (Area Bee) at Fort Worth Christian School. He went 39 rounds! Way to go, Ryan!

Alumni Knights

One of our very own alumni Knights, Clay Grogan, who is now a senior at Nolan Catholic High School, was featured in two separate news reports. Please take a moment to watch both. Clay is battling a rare illness affecting his genes. He would like to raise awareness for a program called, "Be the Match", to encourage people to become bone marrow transplant donors.

On the piece from Channel 5, you can find Clay's story featured at the 7:36 time stamp.

Here is a link to "Be the Match":

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Sr. Mary Anthony Nguyen, OP and Sr. Maria Theresa Pham, OP

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:

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish

  • The parish is beginning a program called "Catholics Come Home" which encourages non-practicing Catholics to reconnect with the Church. Please see the Thursday Folder flyer for more details. You will need to contact Dawn Ward at (817)472-5181 or email at to register.

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


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