Principal’s Post – 3/15/18


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass Tuesday.  Thank you to Mrs. Schneider’s class and their leadership this week. This week Fr. Antonio challenges us to see and experience God inside and outside of church.

Next week, we will celebrate Mass on Monday, instead of Tuesday.  It is the Feast of St. Joseph.  Mass will start at 8:30 am. All are welcome to join us.

Lenten Reconciliation

Tomorrow, Friday, March 16, the staff and students of St. Joseph’s will have the sacrament of reconciliation available from 1-3 pm.

St. Patrick’s Day

Students are allowed to wear school appropriate green shirts to school Friday.

God our Father,

you sent Saint Patrick to preach your glory to the people of Ireland.

By the help of his prayers,

may all Christians proclaim your love to all men.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

All School Picture

On Tuesday, March 20th at 2:45 p.m. we will have our all school picture taken on the steps of the Cathedral.  

School Safety

Tuesday we ran an Move, Hide, Fight Lock Down Drill by evacuating from the Cathedral after Mass.  We had all students practice ducking down in the pews (Hide) and exiting through the Sacristy doors (Move).  The students did a wonderful job, and while we pray they never need to employ these strategies, we will continue to practice scenarios with the students.

Catholic Middle Schools Speech Contest

Congratulations to Axel Kappes and Connor Granvall who competed at St. Paul’s Catholic School Nampa Tuesday night.  The young men represented St. Joseph’s Catholic School while competing against representatives from the other Treasure Valley Catholic Schools.  Axel Kappas, 7th grade student, took 3rd place overall–congratulations!

Pi Day

Thank you to all who baked, donated, and purchased pies.  The proceeds go to support the Nick Ysursa Scholarship at Bishop Kelly.  Thank you for another great year.

Prayer for the Protection and Safety of Family

Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. I pray You will guard their minds from harmful instruction, and grant them discernment to recognize truth. I pray You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them to find rest in Your shadow, as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide for them. Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that their home on earth is only temporary.  – Ryan Duncan, Culture Editor at

March 24 March for Lives

These are indeed turbulent times, and as an educational association rooted in Gospel values, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) stands in solidarity with those who would be agents of change and conversion in a culture of violence that is destroying innocent lives.

“On March 24, thousands of young people are planning to gather in Washington D.C. to participate in a March for Our Lives that will advocate for stricter gun laws and more mental health resources in schools.  The decisions to participate in this march are being made at the local or student level, and in the case of Catholic schools, such decisions are also made locally. [1] It is clear during this time there is urgent need for prayer, teaching, dialogue and action to bring about change in society so as to avoid any further senseless acts of violence such as was witnessed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.”

To continue reading this statement, click here.

Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Thomas W. Burnford

[1] Because some of the sponsors of the march are not sympathetic to the Church’s teaching on the dignity of human life at all stages, some dioceses and schools have chosen to host their own prayer services or events.

Key Dates for the 2018-2019 School Year (subject to change)

Working  Draft of Calendar for Next Year (Key changes include ending Quarter 2 before Christmas and Spring Break will be a week earlier.  Spring Break will align with Bishop Kelly and the Boise School District.):

  • First Day for Staff: 8/15
  • First Day of School for 1-8 8/20
  • First Day of Kindergarten 8/22
    • Labor Day (No School) 9/2
  • Teacher In-Service (No School) 10/5
  • End Quarter 1 10/19
  • Parent Teacher Conferences 10/24 and 10/25
    • No School 10/26
    • Thanksgiving (No School) 11/21-23
  • End Quarter 2 12/21
    • Christmas Break (No School) 12/22-1/7
  • Teacher In-Service (No School) 1/7
  • First Day of Quarter 3 1/8
    • MLK Jr. (No School)   1/15
  • Teacher In-Service (No School) 2/15
    • Presidents’ Day (No School) 2/18
  • End Quarter 3 3/15
    • Spring Break (No School) 3/16-3/24
  • First Day of Quarter 4 3/25
    • Good Friday (No School) 4/19
    • Easter Monday (No School) 4/22
    • Memorial Day (No School) 5/27
  • End Quarter 4 5/30
  • Staff last Day 5/31

Our upcoming weekend school Masses at St. John’s Cathedral are:

  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion   ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler
  • Sunday, May 20 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass) Olivares


We are blessed to have a loving and supportive community.  As a Catholic community, we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  When you see someone in our community going above and beyond leading by example and bravely acting like a saint, please let me know using the following link.

Bravely act like a saint today!