Principal’s Post – 3/8/18


Thank you to everyone who joined us for Mass Tuesday.  Thank you to Mrs. Wiebold’s class and their leadership this week. Deacon O’Neill challenges us to understand and show mercy. If you would like to read Deacon O’Neill’s homily, click here.

This weekend, on Sunday, Mrs. Howard’s kindergarten class and Mrs. Weaver’s 5th grade class will be participating in the liturgy at the 10 am Mass. The school choir will also be there too. I hope you can all join us.

Stations of the Cross

Tomorrow the 8th graders will be leading the Stations of the Cross with the readings and reenactment in St. John’s Cathedral.  This will happen at 8:30 am for the whole school and again at 5:30 pm for the Parish. The evening Stations of the Cross is also followed by a meager meal in the cafeteria.

Lenten Reconciliation

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

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 14, National School Walkout (RE School Violence) and March 24 March for Lives

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has released the following statement regarding “ the aftermath of the tragic attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida” (“Domestic Justice and Education Chairmen Urge Concrete Actions to Address Scourge of Gun Violence”).

At St. Joseph’s, we will pray for safety of all schools, students, communities, and people of the world on March 14.  If parents choose to come check their student(s) out of school, parents are free to do so like any other day. As a community, we ask that you too join us in praying for safety and means to make the world a more caring and loving place as God calls us to do.  In middle school, when students ask, teachers have been encouraged to challenge students to think of ways for their voices to be heard regarding change and concerns.

We will be on Spring Break for March 24, but this can be another avenue for those interested.

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:

  • Sunday, March 11 10 a.m.. ( School Choir )  Weaver/Howard
  • Saturday, April 28 5 p.m. 1st Communion   ( School Choir ) Cammann/Seidler
  • Sunday, May 20 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass) Olivares

Bravely act like a Saint today!

We are blessed to have 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!