The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


Red Cross Blood Drive

St. Joseph Blood Drive is Tuesday, June 30 2:30-6:30 PM, the only blood Drive in the Village of Cobden. We will need donors and workers to make this activity a success and possibly become an annual event. Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood and it may be someone you will know! About 44,000 pints of blood and are needed daily to help cancer patients, surgery patients, organ transplant patients, trauma patients, and burn victims. Only about 38% of the population is eligible to donate, but only 8% actually donate – so what a great community service we will be providing! For any questions, suggestions or to volunteer for this special activity, you may contact Patty Blakely (618) 697-0952 or Fr. Uriel (618) 893-2276. See you there!

Blessings to our June Celebrants
Here’s a shout-out to our birthday and anniversary celebrants: Paulette Aronson, Jim Barr, Jean cash, Bailey Flamm, Jasmine Stadelbacher, Karl Sweitzer Jr., Blake Wiggs, Roger and Betty Abney, Jim and Pam Barr, Geof and Jill Skinner, Karl and Anita Sweitzer. Today we celebrate YOU! There will be cake after the Masses and don’t forget to pick up a blessing token from the basket in the hallway. Please let us know if we missed someone’s birthday or anniversary. There will also be donuts and coffee as usual.

Vacation Bible School 2015 Meeting
There will be a VBS planning meeting today, Sunday, June 28, at 9:00 AM in the Hall. VBS, which will be held on July 27-31, will have programs for both children and adults and includes a food drive and a Missions project. We hope you will join St. Joseph for this wonderful annual event.

Summer Sunday Evenings

The youth of the parish are invited to participate in the preparations for Vacation Bible School 2015. Several items/projects will be made to sell at the VBS Wednesday evening Marketplace. These will be done Sunday evenings (June 7, 14, 28 and July 5, 12, 19) in the Hall after 5:00 PM Mass. All proceeds will go to buy food for Fundacion Hogar Integral, a school for young children in Bogotá Colombia. This will also provide service opportunities for the current Confirmation class and for the rest of the youth who are a part of our Faith community. We hope to see you these next few Sundays and work on fun projects for VBS!

Parable of the Talents Challenge

There are still envelopes available for those who would like to participate in the Parable of the Talents challenge. See Jill to receive your envelope. Donations are also being accepted to fund more envelopes. All proceeds will be used to buy food for the young children at Fundacion Hogar Integral in Bogotá Colombia. You can learn more at .

Thank You, DAD!
We wish to thank all who made the Father’s Day Dinner a success:  the Ladies Sodality, Betty Cerny, Sherry Haddick, Debbie Russell along with Betty Abney Maryland Boysen, Carmelita Machicao, Lorraine McGee, Laura Mueller, Luisa Vercide and the all fathers and their guests who attended it.  We honor and commemorate YOU, our physical and spiritual fathers, for everything you do for your families, and the wonderful example you set for the children.  Thank you!

Mass Venue Change
Daily masses will now be held in the Library at the Parish Hall beginning Monday, June 22. See you there!

Fourth of July
Next Saturday, July 4, we celebrate the independence of our nation from Great Britain and thank our Lord for the freedoms we now enjoy as a country and as a people. Hope you all have a great Fourth of July weekend. God bless America!

Respect Life Corner
The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: This is a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, Sts. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel. Go to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website to learn more. Pray for all people who remain faithful in the face of persecution for their beliefs.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
June 28 – June is the month when there are lots of flowers and lots of weddings! Did you know ladies wear of their wedding rings on the third finger of the left hand because people once believed there was a nerve that went from that finger right to the heart? Have you ever gone to a wedding? Did you know Jesus went to a wedding once? Ask someone to help you find the place in the Bible where it tells the story about Jesus going to a wedding at a place called Cana – and then read all about the miracle Jesus performed there.

Trash Bins

Just a little reminder for the Church trash container use: green trash containers are for trash only and blue are for recycling only. Please try to dispose of trash in the proper bins. We appreciate your cooperation and your help in reminding the youth. Thank you!

Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal… Accept the Challenge…
As you reflect on the gifts God has given you and your loved ones, please consider supporting the 2015 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal.  Every contribution matters – no matter the size!  It is only with your prayers and generous help that we can serve those in need is Pope Francis has challenged us!

From the Anna Arts Center
Strictly Digital Photography Exhibit and Competition, June 1-28
Exhibition Dates -June 15-June 26 – WOW! 99 photographs on display – an incredible exhibit!!!
Open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 noon.
Reception and Awards – Sun. June 28, 2 -4 pm with awards presented at 3:30 PM.

Warmer Weather Brings Additional Needs at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
During the warmer spring/summer weather the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Belleville Council is in need of bottled water and Gatorade (or similar drinks). In addition, there inventory of clothing is running low. They would be grateful for donations of clean, gently used: clothing for babies, children, men and women. Items can be dropped off at St. Vincent de Paul Offices — #13 Vieux Carre Drive, East St. Louis (Loisel Village area/immediately off Route 157) — or call 618-394-0126, Extension 12 or 13, for additional information.

From AMM: Fall Pilgrimage to Spain and Lourdes, France

The Association of Miraculous Medal (in Perryville, Missouri) invites you to journey with us in 2015 fall pilgrimage to Spain and Lourdes, France, October 8-19. You’ll visit many sites full of history in Spain, including the city of Avila, which will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila’s birth. In Lourdes, France you will have the opportunity to attend Mass at the very grotto where our Lad0y appeared to St. Bernadette. Time is running out to sign up for this amazing journey of history and faith. Please reserve your seat now. If you have any questions or want more information, please call 573-547-2508 or email us at .

Worth Thinking About…

June 28 – There are two miracle stories told in the gospel reading today. Both highlight Jesus’ power over physical sickness and his favorable response to faith. Are the two linked by the number twelve? (The woman was afflicted for twelve years; the child was twelve years old.) It is interesting that Jesus took with him into the synagogue leader’s house Peter, James and John. Those three would experience the transfiguration and be with Jesus deep into the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus said in Aramaic, “Talitha koum.” Mark then translates it for the Gentile readers. The official risked criticism for trusting in a wandering preacher and for leaving the bedside of a dying daughter. For a personal reflection, think about the times Jesus said to us, “I say to you, arise!”
From the Pray Together Missalette page 2.

On the Lighter Side…
Kids in Church
• After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the backseat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That preacher said it wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys!”


of Treasure

For June 21:
General Fund: $1, 302.75
Cemetery Maintenance: $63.00
Parish Improvement: $6.00
Peter’s Pence: $15.00
Seminary Education: $3.00
Catholic Communications: $5.00
Ascension: $5.00

Thank you to all who give

so generously to support our Parish.

Saints of the Church
St. Cajetan (Gaetano) of Thiene (1480-1547): Italian lawyer; religious reformer; a founder of Oratory of Divine Love; forerunner of the Theatines; canonized 1671; August 7.

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 to Joe Pineau for putting it together and the regular updates.

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.


Father Uriel is available to hear Confessions on the first Friday of the month from 6 PM to 6:45 PM, on the First Saturday of the month from 8:30 AM 9:00 AM, before each Mass and Any time by appointment.

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Pastor: Father Uriel Salamanca Deacon: Rev. Patrick Patterson Trustees: Tom Masden, Karl Sweitzer, Jr. Parish Council President: Patty Blakely Parish Addresses, Phone Numbers, Internet Information Address: 101 North Centennial St., PO Box 237 , Cobden , IL 62920 . Phone numbers: St. Joseph Church 893-2276 Parish Hall 893-2368. Website address:

Bulletin Deadline

The deadline to submit an item for the bulletin is Thursday evening. You can email it to: and or text to 618-559-4347 and/or 618-967-4452. You can also call Sherry Haddick (618) 893-4638 or Luisa Vercide (618) 893-2296.