Eagle's Eye

December 1, 2022

Mission Statement

St. Joseph Catholic School fosters a diverse community of disciples empowered through a rigorous and inclusive Catholic education rooted in Gospel values and service to others.

mass reflections

In Father Tim’s homily he told us that a little girl came up to him asking, “Are you Jesus?” Father Tim said to us that Jesus chose four Apostles to work like Jesus. He then explained how Advent is a season of loving others and expectation for the next coming of Jesus. Father Tim saw in the little girl’s eyes the loving eyes of God and Father Tim said. “I am being like Jesus and so are you”. Rawan, 7th grade


In Mass today, Father Tim told us how a little girl asked him if he was Jesus. Although confused at first, Father Tim realized this was a message from God asking if he was being like Jesus. Jesus chose the first four Apostles who left their regular life behind to follow Jesus. We can be like the Apostles and follow in God’s footsteps. Evie, 7th grade


Father Tim was asked, “Are you Jesus?” He responded with “No, I am Father Tim.” Sofia, the girl, repeated the question. Father Tim then realized that God was speaking to him through Sofia. Father Tim told us how we have to act and speak as Jesus would. Father Tim told Sofia, “I am being like Jesus and so are you. Gabriela, 7th grade

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Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Our Scholastic Book Fair is next week, and we need your help! Please consider volunteering at the Book Fair. This is a great way for parents to earn service hours. Volunteers must be fingerprint cleared through the Diocese of Orlando. Please sign up if you can help!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094faba822aaf4c70-stjoseph

Christmas Singing Grams

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sweets with santa

Sweets with Santa is coming quick! It's time to reserve your seat for this popular tradition at SJCS. Please see information below. There are hard copies of of the registration form available in the office. Popular times fill up very quickly. We urge you to register quickly.
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2pm Dismissal

Please remember that SJCS will dismiss at 2pm on Thursday, December 8th. Aftercare will be provided until 6pm.

Noon dismissal and no aftercare

On our final day before Christmas Break, December 16th, SJCS will dismiss at 12pm. THERE WILL BE NO AFTERCARE. All students will need to be picked up by 12:30pm on December 16th. Please plan accordingly.

Christmas Programs

Make plans to join us for our Christmas Programs on Thursday, December 15th in our church.


PreK through Grade 2: 10am

Grades 3 through 5, Band, Concert Choir: 6pm


All students should dress in Christmas Sunday Best! Church doors will open thirty minutes before the show starts. Please watch for additional information to be forthcoming.

amazon Smile

Christmas Shopping on Amazon? With one special click of the mouse, you can earn money for St. Joseph Catholic School. Please consider signing up on Amazon Smile. Every little bit helps! https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5452342

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now offering breakfast

Many students have enjoyed breakfast at school this week. If your child would like to eat breakfast before heading in to class, he/she should report directly to the parish center between 7:30 and 7:45am. Breakfast must be eaten in the cafeteria and cannot be taken to the classroom. Please see the menu below. Bon apetit.
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Middle School Youth Ministry Christmas Party

All middle school students are invited to celebrate advent with a Christmas party on December 14. The students will participate in a variety of Christmas-themed games in the anticipation of the Christmas season. For this social night, we’ll briefly discuss advent and traditions leading up Christmas. Pizza and water will be provided.

This is a white elephant party, so please be sure to bring a gift that is under $10. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater as part of the fun!

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Middle School Youth Ministry Service Project

Please sign up for this service opportunity at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094EA8AE2EA0F9C07-christmas

Sign-ups close on Dec. 4th, so please be sure to register your child before then. In December, the coordinator for the Nativity will contact those signed up about group practice times and roles

Gospel Reading this Sunday, The Second Sunday of Advent

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea
and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!"
It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said:
A voice of one crying out in the desert,
Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.

John wore clothing made of camel's hair
and had a leather belt around his waist.
His food was locusts and wild honey.
At that time Jerusalem, all Judea,
and the whole region around the Jordan
were going out to him
and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River
as they acknowledged their sins.

When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to his baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers!
Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance.
And do not presume to say to yourselves,
'We have Abraham as our father.'
For I tell you,
God can raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Even now the ax lies at the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit
will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance,
but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.
I am not worthy to carry his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
His winnowing fan is in his hand.
He will clear his threshing floor
and gather his wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." - Mt 3:1-2
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Resources

This section of the Eagle's Eye will remain in every edition of our newsletter. It will contain links to information that parents may need from time to time. When parents have questions, we urge you to check this section for possible links that could get you the information that you need.

St. Joseph Prayer

O Blessed Joseph, faithful guardian of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, protector of Mary, the virgin Mother of God, I choose you this day to be my special patron and advocate and I firmly resolve to honor you all the days of my life. Therefore, I humbly ask you to receive me as your client, to instruct me in every doubt, to comfort me in every affliction, to obtain for me and for all the knowledge and love of the Heart of Jesus, and finally to defend and protect me at the hour of my death. Amen.

St. Joseph Catholic School

Principal: Mrs. Haas

Assistant Principal: Mr. Reilly

Assistant Principal: Mrs. Insua

Canonical Administrator: Fr. Tim LaBo

Superintendent: Mr. Fortier