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Weekly Newsletter - March 8, 2018

Lenten Season

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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

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 has 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,

Diane Price

Prayer to St. Joseph

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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

Here is a lovely video version of the Stations of the Cross to pray alone, or with your family:

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.

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Latin and Greek Root Challenge

fort-, forc-, nom-, nomen, nomin-, cit-, -cite

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: 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.


Beautiful Student Work on Display

Boosterthon Fun!

Calling all SJCS Alumni!

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!

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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

  • 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:

  • 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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