Parish Calendar at a Glance
February 12, 2017 (Sunday) 9:00 AM PSR Classes; Parents of First Reconciliation students Meeting
February 15, 2017 (Wednesday):  7:00 PM Liturgy Committee Meeting
February 19, 2017 (Sunday):  9:00 AM PSR Classes
February 21, 2017 (Tuesday): 7:00 PM Adult Bible Study Class on letters of Paul with Deacon Pat
February 26, 2017 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 11:15 AM VBS Planning Meeting
1:00 PM Sts. Joseph and Mary Ladies Get-together at Hedman’s Orchards

Parents Meeting
If you have a child who will be going to his or her first reconciliation, please come today Sunday, February 12 at 6:00 PM for a meeting with Father Uriel and the PSR Team.  Each family must be represented at this meeting.  Lent begins on March 1, 2017 and First Reconciliation is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017.

The Messenger Renewal
Messenger renewal weekend is February 4-5, 2017.  We are celebrating our 110th anniversary, 110 years of actively growing your Catholic Family’s Connection here in the Diocese.  With your subscription to The Messenger, your Catholic family’s Connection will certainly exist for years to come!  To make it easier for YOU this year, we will take care of subscription payments sent to the parish.  We indicated on the envelope parishioners should make checks payable to The Messenger.  Then you can send the subscription envelopes back to The Messenger.  Please renew your subscription or become new subscribers to the print edition ($25.00), the E-edition (online $25.00) or both for $30.00.

Ladies Get-Together
All ladies (eighteen and above) of St. Joseph and St. Mary Churches are invited to a gathering at Hedman’s Orchards on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM.  Come for an afternoon of fellowship with good ambiance and one of the favorite local wineries in Union County.  St. Joseph is open to carpooling options.  Mark your calendars now.  We hope to see you there!

2016 Contribution Statements
Your 2016 Financial Contribution Statements are now available and can be found at the back of the church along with the 2017 Donation Envelopes (if you have not picked it up).  Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph and the Church.  Please stop by and get your copy before or after Mass.

St. Joseph Cemetery
St. Joseph is now accepting bids for Cemetery mowing.   Anyone interested in cemetery mowing for the 2017 season and for all other questions, please contact Gary Wiggs at 618-967-7116.  Please contact him by February 28.

Vocation Corner
“Life is about saying “yes” to the things that help you grow in holiness not to things that don’t.  Life is about searching for the best version of yourself.  Today’s culture doesn’t have a vision for the human person.  The goal of today’s culture is consumption as we no longer are the consumers – we are being consumed.  It is time for us to start thinking about where our lives are leading and to where God is calling us.  The ways of the world lead to confusion.  God’s way to clarity, order into a meaningful living with joy.  Life is a choice we all have to make.  So, fulfill God’s vision for you and answer his call with saying a “yes”.  (The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, page 79-81)

FROM THE DIOCESE:  Respect Life Corner
Grade Your Marriage – Marriage is not a test that you either pass or fail.  It is an ongoing process of learning about each other and how to accommodate differences so both of you can feel satisfied and grow in love for each other.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  Marriage is not a competition in which one person wins at the expense of the other.  Go to www.foryourmarriage.org to assess where you are in your marriage. The assessment can add up to a blueprint for deepening your marriage and helping you reach your full marriage potential.  Give thanks to God our Father for the gift of marriage:  the bond of life and love.

FROM THE DIOCESE:  Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 11-12, 2017 – Free will.
The freedom we all have is not a license to murder, be unfaithful, or tell lies.  We can do these things.  But we can choose not to do any of them.  If we trust God-and God’s saving plan for us and for the world – then we will want to be just, to act with righteousness, and to be in the right relationship with God, with others, and with the whole of creation.  Marty Haugen picks up the words of Saint Paul to the church in Corinth in “Eye Has Not Seen”.  If your parish does not seen it this Sunday, look for it in your songbook before or after Mass.  Hum it all the way to the end.  “Give us the mind of Jesus.”  What have I heard today about being right with God?  What have I been taught today about right relationships with family and friends?  How will I choose to trust in God this day, this week?

Love is patient, love is kind.  It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails. – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8


365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
February 14 – Well, of course, it’s Valentine’s Day – time for hearts, poems, and posies.  But it’s also the feast day of two saints:  Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius.  Saint Cyril was a monk who invented a Yugoslavian alphabet!  Have a bowl of alphabet soup today and see how many words you can spell out – like heart, love, valentine, and saint!

St. Joseph Food Pantry
Food Pantry donations may now be left by the Church basement door, in the black rubber trunk.  As always, St. Joseph thanks you for your generosity to the needy in our area.

Valentine’s Day
St. Valentine’s Day, named after an actual Christian and Catholic saint (or, possibly, up to three), is no longer celebrated on the Catholic general calendar, although the day is celebrated popularly in many Western countries on February 14.  In the Church, the day is associated with martyrdom, but in Western popular culture, it is associated with love and romance.  Most of what is known about St. Valentine (Latin:  Valentinus) is legendary.  In fact, historians are not completely certain of which Valentine is commemorated on February 14.  The commemoration may celebrate up to three different Valentine’s.  The first was a Roman priest martyred on the Flaminian Way under Roman Emperor Claudius (c. A.D. 269).  The second was a bishop of Terni (ancient in Interamna), born around 175 A.D., who was taken to Rome and martyred.  The third Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa, and whom little else is known.  Modern customs associated with St. Valentine’s Day are based on customs and traditions from earlier periods.  By the latter half of the 20th century, giving all sorts of romantic items (besides just cards) became associated with Valentine’s Day.  In some schools, it is a custom for classes to exchange valentine cards with other students in the class.  Well secular customs associated with St. Valentine’s Day are either morally neutral or even good (such as giving gifts), the modern secular holiday as little connection to the original saint(s) or feast.(http://www.churchyear.net/stvalentine.html)

Ladies Ancient Order of the Hibernians Annual Irish Tea Luncheon
When:  Sunday, March 5, 2017 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Doors open at 12:30 $10.00 advance / $12 @ door
Where:  St. Luke’s Parish Center (226 No. Church Belleville, IL)
To reserve a table or seat, please call Patti O’Sullivan Bond at 618-363-4816

A Special Message from St. Vincent de Paul
We here at the Council office of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul NEED YOUR HELP in providing essentials to the poor we are serving through our Thrift Store Ministry.  Although the increasing costs associated with operating our SVDP truck have made it necessary for us to discontinue our pick-up service, the needs of the poor have not stopped!  OUR STORE IS FULLY OPERATIONAL AND WE NEED YOUR HELP IN MEETING THOSE NEEDS!  When cleaning out at home or work, please think of us and donate quality, gently-used merchandise:  HOUSEHOLD GOODS –– towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, dishes, silverware, pots and pans; DECORATIVE ITEMS; CLOTHING –– for men, women and children, purses, shoes, jewelry, etc.  Items can be dropped off at:  SVDP Thrift Store 3718 State Street, East St. Louis Monday-Friday 9:30 AM-2:00 PM; Saturday 9:00 AM-12 noon or SVDP Office 13 Vieux Carre (Loisel Village area across from the new Save-a-Lot store on Highway 157) Monday-Friday 9:30 AM-2:30 PM.  YOUR DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTABLE AND WILL BE A BLESSING FOR SOMONE IN NEED!  THAK YOU SO MUCH.

Thoughts on Liturgy
February 12 – Life is full choices.  Some decisions are made automatically, some we make only after much thought.  The first reading deals with making choices.  The reading is from the book of Sirach, sometimes called Ecclesiasticus, that word means church.  The book was so called because it was read often at church.  The gospel reading reminds us in a dramatic way, to become holy by avoiding bad thoughts.  Thoughts precede our actions.  This passage is shocking.  We know that Jesus is not advocating mutilation of our bodies; that would be sinful.  Jesus, however, is getting us to sit up and take notice!
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 3.

On the Lighter Side…

Little Johnny was in church one Sunday with his mother, when he began to feel ill.
“Mommy,” he asked, “can we leave now?”
“No,” his mother replied.  “Why?”
“I think I have to throw up!”
“Then go out the front door and around the back of the church and throw up behind a bush,” she said.
Little Johnny left, but when he returned a few seconds later.
“Did you throw up?” Mom asked.
“Yes,” said little Jonnie.
“How could you get back so quickly?”
“I didn’t have to go out of the church, Mommy.  They have a box next to the front door that says,
‘For the Sick.’”

of Treasure
For February 5, 2017:
General Fund:  $2, 081.00
Building Fund:  $220.00
Hall Rental:  $150.00
Messenger:  $300.00
First Offering:  $4.00

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

Saints of the Church
St. Irenaeus of Lyons (130-202):  Early ecclesiastical writer; opposed
Gnosticism; bishop of Lyons; traditionally regarded as martyr; June 28

What’s That? The Sacristy


The room where the sacred vestments, vessels, and other
items used in the celebration of the liturgy are stored
and prepared.

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.