The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


Many Thanks
St. Joseph Church would like to thank Fr. Engelhart , Fr. Voss and Fr. Federico for coming in and celebrating the Liturgy during Fr. Uriel’s absence. Our gratitude also extends to Deacon Pat for leading the Parish in the Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest. Your time and presence here is much appreciated!

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Sharon, O Lord!
We keep in our prayers Sharon Baity, who passed away this past week and now rests in the arms of our Lord. And to her family and friends, our heartfelt condolences. May God’s love give you comfort during this difficult time.

The monthly meeting of the Knights will be on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at St. Mary‘s in Anna.. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., with the meeting to follow at 7:00. All Knights of the Parish are encouraged to attend.

Parish Council Meeting
The Parish Council will be meeting next Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 at the Hall. If a member is unable to come, please inform the Council to prevent any delay in starting the meeting. Parish Council meetings are open to all parishioners.

Your 2014 Financial Contribution Statements are now available and can be found at the back of the Parish. Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph and the Church. Please stop by and get your copy before or after Mass.

Please remember to pick up your 2015 Envelopes. They can be found on a table at the back of the Church. If you can‘t find the assigned envelopes, please inform Betty Cerny or take one from the extra unmarked boxes.

The Messenger is the Catholic newspaper for the Diocese of Belleville, IL (which covers the southern 28 counties of Illinois). The paper, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, is delivered to about 10,000 paid subscribers by mail. Please stay “connected” through a subscription to The Messenger. Messenger Renewal Weekend is Feb. 7-8, 2015. Payments can be made through a Parish envelope or online at Subscription cost: Print- $25.00, Electronic- $25.00, Both $30.00.

Renew or subscribe today!

From the Anna Arts Center:
Free Range Checks will perform today February 1 at 2 PM
They are an incredible group – a cappella women’s trio: Molly Beckley, Ruth Ann Levinson, and Pat York. Jazz, barbershop and swing tunes, both traditional and new! Call Bob at 618-697-0009 or email Lee at for Tickets ($10) or buy at the door. Start Super Bowl Sunday with relaxing fun toe-tapping music then go to your Super Bowl party to watch the high-pressure game.

Respect Life Corner
Perseverance is the Key – The brutal statistic of around 57 million children being denied the right to life in over 40 years since abortion was legalized in the United States is not only overwhelming, but there is the temptation to despair and wonder whether this struggle is winnable.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: The answer is a resounding “yes” providing we are prepared to make some sacrifice, commit ourselves and persevere. Young adults and high school students are increasingly more pro-life than ever before. Pray for all who do not embrace the rights of the unborn that they may come to know and treasure the value of every person.

of Treasure
For January 25:
General Fund: $1587.05
First Offering: $7.00
Help Defray Salaries: $40.00
For the Needy: $50.00
Cemetery Maintenance: $30.00
Parish Improvement: $15.00
Solemnity of Mary: $5.00

Thank you to all

who give so generously
to support our parish

Saints of the Church
St. Anthony (c. 251-c. 354): Abbot; Egyptian hermit; patriarch of all monks; established communities for hermits which became models for monastic life, especially in the East, friend and supporter of St. Athanasius in the latter’s struggle with the Arias; January 17.

365 fun facts for Catholic kids by Bernadette Snyder
February 2 – It’s Candlemas Day! When Jesus was just a baby, Mary and Joseph took him to the temple because it was a religious custom of that time for newborn babies and new mothers to be presented to God and to receive special blessings. Today, that custom is remembered, and in many churches the priest blesses candles – and that’s why it’s called Candlemas Day! Did you ever hear someone say “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”? That means that instead of always complaining about something you don’t like, you should try to “lighten up” and find a way to make it better. Think about that today!

Mass Schedules Online
If you need to look at Mass times of the different churches in our community or anywhere in the U.S., you can go to to see what is available. The website lets one choose a particular state and shows the Parishes with their Ministry schedules. This is also handy for when one is traveling and needing to attend Mass while out of town. Check it out!

Worth Thinking About…
February 1 – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The first reading is a “Goodbye Message” from Moses. He assures the people that God will always provide leaders for them. In the second reading, St. Paul is making a suggestion – while marriage is good and the sacrament of Holy Matrimony can help spouses be holy, there is another calling that is given to some: consecrated virginity. (Even in the pagan Roman Empire, the consecrated virginity of the vestal virgins was respected.) The gospel reading has this bizarre idea: the people in Capernaum learn much about Jesus from an unclean spirit who calls out, “You are the Holy One of God!”
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 2.

On the Lighter Side…
Why didn’t they play cards on the Ark? Because Noah was standing on the deck.
Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?

From the Anna Arts Center:
It’s the Flamingo Fling: Chase away the winter blues and adopt a Naked Flamingo!
Adoption Fee is $5.00 for each Flamingo.
To Adopt – Stop by the Anna Arts Center, 125 West Davie St., Anna, to fill out an adoption form and pick up your Naked flamingo between January 26-February 10, Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 1 PM.
Dress up your flamingo: Dress him or her up, any way you choose. Paint, fabric, sequins, feathers – whatever! Use your imagination! Flamingo must be able to hang on the wall all our be free standing
Return it to Anna Arts Center for exhibiting, judging, and auctioning off the flamingo to a happy home on Thursday, February 12, 2015, 5 – 7 PM, Friday, February 13, 2015, 5 – 7 PM or Saturday, February 14, 2015, 10 AM to 12, noon.

CFO Needed
The Diocese of Belleville is seeking a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The Chief Financial Officer of the diocese reports directly to the Bishop. (“It is for the finance officer to administer the goods of the diocese under the authority of the Bishop…” Cf. CCL, Canon 494, # 3.) The CFO has the primary responsibility for the work of the Diocesan Finance Council. He or she provides accurate, meaningful financial statements and information to the Bishop, who is the administrator of the temporal goods of the Diocese, and to the various assembling and monitoring the budgets of various departments and agencies throughout the Diocese, also meets with outside vendors and consultants on a wide range of issues. The CFO serves as Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation for the Catholic Diocese of Belleville and overseas facility and property management as well as real-estate acquisition. In addition, the CFO meets regularly with the Bishop and Vicar General and with Directors of the Diocesan Departments as a planning body.

The successful candidate will hold a Bachelor’s Degree and have a 7-10 years of directly related experience in finance, accounting, management, administration and investment analysis. A current license is a Certified Public Accountant is desirable, but not required. The incumbent is required to be a faithful, committed Catholic who understands and accepts the teachings and discipline of the Catholic Church.

TO APPLY: Resume, cover letter, preferred salary range, and references to Human Resources, Diocese of Belleville, 222 S. 3rd St., Belleville, IL 62220 or email . Application Deadline: February 13, 2015.

 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.