Respect for Learning
At St. Joseph Central High School, students benefit each and every day from the values and traditions of a faith-based education. Our students embrace respect, not only for themselves but for each other. Students absorb the life-long learning that takes place here, knowing that it will serve them today and throughout their lives.
Advocating for All
At St. Joseph Central High School, faculty, staff and parents are all committed to each student’s success. We nurture, embrace and develop in each of our students a sense of self that guides them to make the right choices. We believe we are a part of their future, and they are a part of our history. Together we are St. Joseph Central High School.
A Community that Cares
We have a vested interest in the success of our community and understand the value of civic responsibility. We believe we are all stewards of this community and our world. We welcome working together with parents, businesses and other organizations so that together we can teach our children…and grow our community.
CALENDAR AT A GLANCE
F Dec. 20 - Lessons and Carols
Dec. 23-Jan. 3 - Christmas Recess
M Jan. 6 - Epiphany Mass
W Jan. 8 - Faculty In-Service-HALF DAY
Th Jan. 9 - Crusader Club Meeting
T Jan. 14 - Open House
F Jan. 17 - Middle School Day
M Jan. 20 - Martin Luther King Day
Jan. 26-Feb. 1 - Catholic Schools Week
Th. Jan. 30 - CSW Mass
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St. Joseph Central High School
22 Maplewood Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Proud Members of The Catholic
Schools of Pittsfield &
The Diocese of Springfield
St. Joseph Central High School is accredited by the New England
Association of Schools and Colleges
It is our sincerest wish that everyone has a happy and healthy Christmas season.
We have planned a slightly different agenda of events for our students this year, and you are invited to join in any or all of them. Our mission at St. Joseph High School is rooted in the traditions of our Catholic faith, and so with this in mind our students will have the opportunity to learn about the intricacies of the Mass in small groups under the tutelage of Fr. Peter Naranjo. He will teach the students, step by step the parts of the Mass and through discussion bring more meaning to the liturgy.
We will continue our instruction on Friday the 20th with the Nine Lessons and Carols, which is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music. Both Father Pete and Monsignor Mike will be joining us in this celebration. It is our intention that the students will be inspired to attend Christmas Mass with their families.
We will resume school on the feast of Epiphany, January 6th. This is also known as Little Christmas. Twelfth Night, also known as Three Kings’ Day, has been celebrated since the end of the second century, even before the Christmas holiday was established. We will be celebrating Mass together on this day at 9:00 a.m.
One of our most important challenges as Catholics today is to instill the teachings of Jesus in our children. We know that cannot be done only in school, but has to be a part of each child’s home life as well. When you sit with your family at Mass this Christmas, we hope you keep St. Joseph High School in your prayers as we work together to meet this challenge.
Amy Gelinas, Principal
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