Weekly Newsletter - March 8, 2018
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
From the Principal
Today, the Boosterthon Fun has come to an end for another year. Thank you to everyone who helped bring this event to our school, and a huge thank you to everyone who pledged! We are eternally grateful for your generosity.
This past weekend, our talented Knights did amazingly well in the PSIA competitions taking place at St. Pius X in Dallas, and in the One Act Play at Oakridge in Arlington. The students receive much more than accolades when competing like this. Whether they place or not, these students' experiences stay with them for a lifetime. Thank you for representing St. Joseph. We are so very proud of you! Can't wait for next year!
Next week is Spring Break. I pray that each and every one of you have an opportunity to share some time with family. Come back to us on the 19th safe and sound, ready to finish our Lenten Journey together. Easter will be here before we know it.
I have included a prayer in this newsletter in honor of our patron, St. Joseph. May he intercede for us, especially during this month. Happy Spring Break!
In Christ's Service,
Prayer to St. Joseph
FROM FR. WILCOX
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 Lent
Quotes to Ponder
Nothing can be compared to the great beauty and capabilities of a soul; however keen our intellects may be, they are as unable to comprehend them as to comprehend God, for, as He has told us, He created us in His own image and likeness.
- St. Teresa of Avila
Know, O beautiful soul, that you are the image of God.
-St. Ambrose of Milan
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
Latin and Greek Root Challenge
Reminders and Upcoming Events
- Spring Break is almost upon us! There is no school Monday the 12th through Friday the 16th. Enjoy this time together!
- All during this week and the week of March 19th through the 23rd, we will be collecting food at our St. Joseph Altar in the cafeteria. Here are some specific requests from the volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph Parish: tuna, pancake mix, Vienna sausage, canned chicken, peanut butter, jelly, hand sanitizer, and paper towels.
- Boosterthon pledges will be accepted all through Spring Break, so be sure to reach out to your extended family to help us reach our goal! The deadline for pledges is March 22nd. Only $4,000 more to reach our goal of $20,000!
- Tomorrow, March 9th is an Early Dismissal Day. Everyone is dismissed at noon. This day we will celebrate St. Joseph, our patron saint, with Feast Day parties.
- On Monday, March 19th, we are attending Mass in honor of St. Joseph's Feast Day. Please come to school in your dress uniforms for Mass. We will also be going to Mass on Wednesday the 21st.
- The third quarter of school ends on March 21st, with report cards being emailed on the 28th.
- Please log your 40 service hours by April 30th.
- 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 "The Page" below. Thank you!
- 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.
- If you are an Amazon customer, please use Amazon Smile! We receive a donation from Amazon when you shop. Go to: smile.amazon.com to participate. Thank you!
Home and School Association (HSA)
- The next HSA Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00pm. Hope to see you there! We need everyone to participate in our HSA Program.
- The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to thank everyone who has helped out SJCS this year, will be happening on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30pm. Be sure to RSVP through the Evite you should have recently received, if you plan to enjoy the meal. RSVP deadline is March 18th.
- Please see the Thursday Folder for a letter from your HSA President, Robyn Guglielmelli, regarding open positions for the 2018-2019 school year: Vice President Elect, Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Fund Raising.
- April 21st will be here before you know it! Plan to attend the golf tournament to support the school. Check out the flyer in the Thursday Folder for details.
- 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 dues are $15.00 which are used to support the school.
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 ACTION!
Thank you, 4th grade, for leading us once again through several Stations of the Cross.
6th Grade Boys
Congratulations to our 6th grade Boys' Basketball Team! They have advanced to tomorrow night's Championship Game against SMG.
Taking a shot
All the 6th grade boys are playing so very well. Come out to show your support, tomorrow at 6pm in St. Andrew's gym.
6th Grade Boys
Team Members are recognized daily by Boosterthon. Thank you to all the students who earned this honor.
Faith Through Art
These students were thinking about their Lenten Journeys in art today.
The beauty in Christian art can lead us closer to God, if we just take a minute to stop and look.
Students in Ms. Connor's science class are preparing to model propulsion.
Stopping by Ms. Hess's music class today, revealed two students willing to share their beautiful talent for the piano.
Thank you for sharing!
Beautiful Student Work on Display
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There are so many wonderful pieces of our students' hard work on display in the school right now. Take a minute to walk the halls and see what our students are creating.
Calling all SJCS Alumni!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once a Knight - Forever a Knight!
Sr. Mary Anthony Nguyen, OP and Sr. Maria Theresa Pham, OP
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Parish
- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is occurring after daily Mass in the Chapel until 5:45pm. Come spend some time with our Lord.
- Fridays during Lent, beginning at 6:30pm, the Rosary and Stations of the Cross will be prayed, and a fish fry hosted by the Mens' Club will follow. Check the church website for details, for the Rosary and Stations of the Cross are offered in several languages. Website: http://www.stjoe88.org/
- Please enjoy this link to a lovely article in the North Texas Catholic about the pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Fr. Kelley: https://t.co/3ItrotxIyf
ST. JOSEPH, PROTECTOR OF FAMILIES, PRAY FOR US.
8th Grade Student of the Month
Congratulations to Ife Uche! Our February 8th Grade Student of the Month. You are a true missionary disciple.
Frassati Award Winner
Emma Cordova received a Frassati medal for living out the Beatitudes. Well done!
Frassati Award Winners
Nolan Miller, Megan N. Nguyen, Xitlalit Luna, and Christian Borunda also received Frassati medals for living out the Beatitudes. Nice job, students!