Parish Calendar At A Glance
March 26, 2017 (Sunday):  9:00 AM PSR Classes; 11:30 AM VBS Planning Meeting (Hall)
March 29, 2017 (Wednesday):  7:00 PM Lenten Penance Service
March 31, 2017 (Friday) 4:00-7:00 PM Fish Fry Dinner, 7:00 PM Stations of the Cross
April 2, 2017 (Sunday):  9:00 AM PSR Classes; St. Isidore Prayer Blessing of Plants/Seeds and Rain
April 7, 2017 (First Friday):  8:15 AM Mass; Eucharistic Adoration; 4:00-7:00 PM Fish Fry Dinner;
7:00 PM Stations of the Cross
April 8, 2017 (Saturday):  2:00 PM Outdoor Stations of the Cross
April 9, 2017 (Sunday):  Palm Sunday; One for the Cross Collection at Masses; 9:00 AM PSR Classes
April 13, 2017 (Thursday):  Holy Thursday
April 14, 2017 (Friday):  Good Friday
April 15, 2017 (Saturday):  Easter Vigil
April 16, 2017 (Sunday):  Easter Sunday

Vacation Bible School 2017
There will be of VBS planning meeting in the Parish Hall today after the 10:15 AM Mass.  Everyone interested in helping in any capacity is encouraged to come.  The theme is the Early Church and the work of the Holy Spirit in building Faith Community.  Our Mission outreach will be the work of CRS in Madagascar.  For more information, please see Jill Skinner.

God Bless You, Father Uriel!
Happy Birthday to our very own father Uriel!  Our prayers and well wishes go out to you on your special day tomorrow.  St. Joseph church has truly been blessed with your presence and your friendship here.  Thank you and God bless you!

Lenten Communal Penance Service
In preparation for Holy Week, everyone is invited to come and avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the Communal Penance Service here at St. Joseph this Wednesday, March 29 at 7:00 PM.  Father Uriel and Father Federico will be available to hear Confessions.  Confession is a “spiritual medicine which strengthen as well heals” (beginningcatholic.com).  Come and experience the love and mercy of Jesus!

Outdoor Stations of the Cross
For the past couple of years, a special outdoor Stations of the Cross has been held here in Cobden.  A tradition of and led by the Hispanic Community.  St. Joseph parishioners and visitors trek between Cobden and Alto Pass praying the Stations strategically placed along the route.  This year’s procession will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00-5:00 PM from St. Joseph to Alto Pass ending at the Overlook.  Participants may park at the Overlook by 12:30 PM and come back to the parish by service bus.  Everyone is invited to attend this special Lenten practice.  And, if you feel led, donations are most welcome to help with expenses such as water supplies and shirts, which all the participants will get.  Your support in attendance and prayers will help make this event a success!

Volunteers Needed!
The Parish is needing volunteers to serve as Altar Servers, Lectors, Gifts Bearers, and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist for the Holy Week – Easter Vigil and Easter Services.  Please contact Patty Flamm (618-697-0952) or Father Uriel (618-893-2276) to sign up for this very important service.

One for the Cross
There will be a second collection for One for the Cross during the Masses on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017.  “Every dollar for Every Member of Every Church” in our area will be of tremendous support to the very visible sign of Christian belief, the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, in Alto Pass.  Let us donate $1 for every St. Joseph parishioner for the continuing restoration of this special monument in our county.  Every dollar counts!

Lenten Almsgiving
There is still time to donate to CRS Rice Bowl, CSMA and/or bring goods for our Food Pantry.  As always, your gift of time and prayers are most valuable and greatly needed.  Thank you.

Kroger and the St. Joseph Family
Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph through shopping at Kroger’s.  Our parish has garnered $186.12 in total community rewards donation this past quarter.  To sign up, please register at www.kroger.com/communityrewards and Kroger will donate a percentage of your grocery purchase amount back to the Parish.  The enrollment number for St. Joseph is #96558.  Thank you for shopping at our local Kroger and helping St. Joseph Church at the same time!  For questions, please call Paulette Aronson at (618) 893-2882.

Can’t Get To Mass?
If anyone needs a ride to attend Masses at St. Joseph, Please contact us at help@stjosephcobden.com or Call Becky Morgan at 618-697-0500.

“Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting.” – St. Peter Chrysologus

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
March 28 – Do you know what that names have special meanings?  For example, Peter means rock. Marcia means from Mars, David means beloved one, and Nancy means graceful one.  If you could change your name to the name of a saint, what name would you choose?  Could you be as saintly as that saint?

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Charles, O Lord!

We Keep In Our Prayers Sherry Haddick’s Father, Charles Bacon, Recently Passed Away In Our Rest In The Arms Of Our Lord.  And To His Family And Friends, Our Heartfelt Condolences And Prayers Go Out To You.  May God’s Love Give You Comfort And Hope During This Difficult Time.

Celebrating The Sacraments
Please Pray For Our PSR Students Who Will Be Participating In The First Reconciliation On Saturday, March 4, 2017:  Valeria Amborcio, Daisy Amezquita, Melisa Carmona, Brisa Caldron, Morgan Cerny, Jimena Flores, Yasmin Flores, Or Orlando Juarez, Jesus Salva Madrigal Duran, Guadalupe Munuz, Jennie Murillo Lopez, Ana Karen Olvera, Eugenio Olvera, Ana Cristina Rafael, Joselin Sanchez, Jaron Taliseo, Javier Valdez, Elisa Vicente, Samantha Vicente, Dominic Xoxotla, Guadalupe Zamora, Zonia Zamora, Lizbeth Zamora, Jesse Carmona, Mariana Fabian, Maria Martinez, Wendy Olvera, Lizbeth Queripa, Vanessa Rafael, Ashley Tehandon, Salvador Tehandon, And Aleshia Wright.  Also Include In Your Prayers Their Families, Teachers And All Who Are Helping To Prepare For This Special Sacrament And Those Who Will Continue To Help Their Faith Grow In The Future.

From the Diocese:  Respect Life Corner
The Fruit of Our Lives – We see the fruit of our lives in our children.  But our vocation to fruitfulness is greater than the even this.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  Everything is called to generate new life in others to proclaim the great hope of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Even if we cannot have children, our love is called to be fruitful in our work and rest, our family life, or adoration and mission.  All of us, whether our state in life, our called to spiritual parenthood.  Pray that we hear and recognize our own call.

From the Diocese:  Lent – So dark!
On a starless, cloud-filled night, it is almost impossible to move in safety.  All that changes when dawn approaches, when light breaks the horizon.  That is why the dripping wet newly baptized (when real thirst is slacked) receive light from the paschal candle.  Christ gives us light.  Christ is light!  What are the times I prefer to “be in the dark”?  What blinds me from seeing goodness and truth?  What mercy work can I do to give light (and heat) to those in need?  [Round up a utility bill one way.]

Offertory Gifts Schedule
Are You Looking For A Way To Help Out More At Church?  If So, Please Consider Helping At Mass Bringing Up Offertory Gifts.  What A Great Way To Serve At Mass At A Time That Is Convenient For You!  If You Would Like To Have Your Name Added To The List Of Those Who Carry Up The Offertory Gifts, Move To The Other Mass Or Removed From The List, Please Contact Sherry Haddick (sherryhaddick@yahoo.com).  We Would Like To Include As Many On The List As Possible.  Thank You.

Coffee and Donuts
Having coffee and donuts more than just hit the spot, it gives us a chance to spend a few relaxing and savory moments to get to know and catch up with YOU, our fellow parishioners!  Come to the Hall after Masses and grab a donut or two with your drink.  The parish would love to share this time with you.  Everyone is welcome!

Thoughts on Liturgy
March 26 – Again the Gospel reading deals with water; the blind man is told to wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam.  Formerly on the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles, a Jewish priest with musicians would go to the pool of Siloam and fill a golden pitcher with water, take it to the temple and pour it on the altar.  It was a reminder of the water that God miraculously provided during the years in the desert.  If at any point in our lives we were spiritually blind and Jesus cured us, let us give praise to God, as did the man in today’s gospel story.
(Pray Together Missal, page 4)

On the Lighter Side…
The Pastor wasn’t feeling well during Mass, so he leaned over to the deacon at the last minute and asked him to preach the homily.
As he began his homily, the deacon said, “You know, a substitute preacher like me is like a piece of cardboard and a broken window.  He fills the space, but he is not the real glass.”
After Mass, a parishioner came up to the deacon and tried to give him a compliment.  “You weren’t a replacement at all, Deacon Bob,” she said.  “You were a real pane.”

of Treasure
For March 19, 2017:
General Fund:  $1, 528.00
Building Fund:  $5.00
Black and Indian Mission:  $10.00
CSMA:  $70.00

Thank you to all who give so                                                                                           generously to support our Parish.

Saints of the Church

St. Jeanne de Valois (Jeanne of France) (1464-1505):  French foundress; deformed daughter of King Louis XI; was married in 1476 to Duke Louis of Orleans who had the marriage annulled when he ascended the throne of Louis XII; Jeanne retired to the life of prayer; founded contemplative Annonciades of Bourges, 1505; canonized 1950; February 5.

 What’s That? The Apse


The Aspe is the curved area behind the altar where the tabernacle is located in many churches.

Offertory Gifts Schedule                                                                                                           If you would like to have your name added to the list of those who carry up the Offertory gifts, please contact Sherry Haddick. We would like to include as many on this list as possible. If you want your name moved to the other Mass or removed from the list, let Sherry know of these changes as well. Thank you.

Like Us on Facebook
St. Joseph Church is now on Facebook. You can find us at St. Joseph’s Church, Cobden . Make sure you put the apostrophe in “Joseph’s”. Thanks Jeannine Cerny for managing the page.


Mass Schedule
Monday – Saturday:  8:15 AM
First Friday:  7:00 PM
Sunday:  8:00 AM, 10:15 AM
5:00 PM (Spanish)

Eucharistic Adoration                                                                                                                  On the First Friday of most months, 12 continuous hours of Eucharistic Adoration begin at 8 AM and end at 8 PM. Mass and Benediction are at 7 PM. All are welcome. Look for sign-up sheets Back of church.

Reconciliation/Confession                                                                                                  Before Masses
First Fridays:  6:00-6:45 PM
First Saturdays:  8:45-9:30 AM
Fr. Uriel may also be called anytime for
an appointment.

St. Joseph Catholic Church                                                                               www.stjosephcobden.com
101 North Centennial St., PO Box 237, Cobden, IL 62920
Church 618.893.2276
Parish Hall 618.893.2368
Pastor: Fr. Uriel Salamanca
Deacon: Pat Patterson
Trustees: Rick Flamm and Karl Sweitzer, Jr.
Parish Council President: Patty Blakely

Bulletin Deadline                                                                                                                       The deadline to submit an item for the bulletin is Thursday evening.  You can email it to: luwizahgal@yahoo.com and/or sherryhaddick@yahoo.com . You can also call Luisa Vercude (618)202-1018 or text (618)967-4452.