St. Joseph’s Academy students and their dads gathered on campus March 12 for Father-Daughter Day 2017. The event is hosted each year by the SJA Dads’ Club. This year’s theme was My Dad’s A Catch.
The day began with mass in the Activity Center. Father John Carville was the celebrant. He also blessed the medals which were given to the dads of seniors.
Following mass, guests enjoyed a jambalaya lunch with salad and cookies.
Fathers and daughters then teamed up for fun and games, including beanbag toss, bocce ball and horseshoes.
Junior Teddy Helouin said she thoroughly enjoyed the day with her dad. “It allows girls with busy dads to have a set-aside time for them,” she said. “My dad works a lot, and with three other siblings, it is hard sometimes to spend time alone with him. Father-Daughter Day allows us that time. The jambalaya and games are just an added bonus.”
Freshman Sarah Ball said she and two of her friends, along with their dads, had a great time. “I loved Father-Daughter Day,” she said. “We played an intense game of ball throw, and it was so much fun. We were the last ones to leave. It is an important SJA tradition because it creates a community feel. SJA is one big community, and since it is an all-girl school, the dads may be left out sometimes. Father-Daughter Day allows all the dads to mingle and also to get a feel for SJA.”
Junior Emily Shore said the day was special. “I think we put a lot of focus on moms at SJA, so it’s nice to have a special day to focus on our dads to have fun, enjoy Mass and eat some tasty jambalaya,” she said.
“I had fun watching my dad become friends with my new friends’ dads,” said freshman Ashley Stevens.
Father-Daughter Day 2017 was chaired by Dan Boudreaux. Planning the mass and liturgical music were faculty members Hugo Andricain, Dana Murray and Aimee Cronin.
Awards and door prizes were donated by Dan Boudreaux, Benny’s Car Wash, Evan Cooper, Grand Cinema, Qdoba and Fleet Feet.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Madeline Ortego and Mikyla Thomas
Date posted: March 14, 2017