The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


From the Masden Family
We would like to thank the Sodality and all its members and participants for throwing David his delayed 40th Birthday. This was your finest hour.
Then to our sadness, we lost him one week later and you again gave our family a warm condolence dinner. We are forever grateful for both.
Tom and Brenda Masden

Parish Council News

We welcome and congratulate our new Parish Council Members: Chris Flamm and Salvador Tomas! Patty Flamm-Blakely capably continues her duties as Council President. We thank you for your willingness to serve in this very important ministry and send prayers your way as you represent The fresheners of St. Joseph.

Turkey Bingo
Turkey Bingo this last Wednesday was very well-attended, with everyone enjoying competing for the 25 turkeys. Thank you to everyone responsible for making Bingo a success.

Open House for Betty Cerny

It’s a special birthday celebration for our very own Betty Cerny! The Open House will be held at the hall Sunday, November 23 from 2:00-5:00 PM. Come, visited and wish Betty a very happy birthday. It will be a time of great fellowship as we appreciate a dear friend and most active lady! No gifts, please.

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!
It’s the time of year to be thankful, for we are a community with so much to be grateful for! And let’s start celebrating his special day with a Thanksgiving Mass, Thursday, November 27 At 8:15 AM.

No PSR Classes
There will be no PSR classes Thanksgiving weekend, November 30, 2014. Classes resume the following Sunday, December 7.

Christmas Bazaar and Raffle
The Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 6 from 8:00 to 4:00 in the Parish Hall. Food and craft items will be available, and a soup lunch will be sold. The Sodality is asking for donations of craft items and holiday foods for the bazaar. Donations can be brought to the Hall on Friday afternoon or before 8:00 AM on Saturday morning. Also, please remember to sell your raffle tickets, which are being attached today’s bulletin. More tickets can be found at the back of the church. Tickets are $1.00 each or $5.00 for five. Money and tickets can be turned into Betty Cerny or put in an envelope marked “Raffle” and placed in the collection basket. This year’s raffle prizes are (1) handmade double quilt and ( 1) handmade baby quilt from Betty Cerny, Nativity set, feather pins by Marilyn Boysen, and Hallmark holiday items. The Sodality thanks you for your help with making the raffle successful each year. All money raised is used to help with keeping the church and hall in good condition. This year the Sodality has purchased new carpet for the church, cassocks and surplices for the altar servers, as well as some new altar cloths. Let’s save the date and come to the Bazaar!

Did We (or will we) miss your Birthday/Anniversary?
The Parish will be recognizing birthday and anniversary celebrants next Sunday. Are you on our list? If not, we can’t give you the recognition you deserve! Please give your new or updated information to Sherry or Paulette. We don’t want anyone to be left out. Thank you!

Knights of Columbus

The K of C Mass will be at St. Mary’s in Anna on November 30 at 10:00 AM. It has also been decided that, effective December, the monthly meeting will be changed to every first Thursday of the month, instead of the usual first Wednesday. Next month’s Knights meeting will be Thursday, December 4, 2014.

‘Tis the Season

Advent is here before you know it! This busy season begins the last Sunday of November, the 30th. Our Parish will have a Jesse Tree which everyone is invited to decorate. More information can be found in the flyer attached to today’s bulletin. Also, the magnificat advent booklets are already available in church. In the midst of the numerous activities that come along this time of the year, our focus must remain on the reason for the season, our Lord, Jesus. Please get one.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
St. Clement, whose feast is today (November 23), is the “patron” of hat makers! Why? Well, there is a legend that St. Clement once went on a pilgrimage and walked for many miles. To ease his aching feet, he put wool in his sandals. After walking on it, the wool became compressed and turned into a new kind of fabric. This fabric became known as “felt” and was used and making men’s and ladies’ hats! Put on your hat today and say a prayer of thanks for interesting legends and interesting saints!

From the Anna Arts Center:
Las Posadas: Birth of Jesus Celebration
Sunday, November 23 at 2 PM
Come celebrate Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem and their search for shelter prior to the birth of Christ. The event will be a Christmas celebration with a skit, procession to Bethlehem, piñatas to break for all ages, and refreshments. Everyone is invited and it is free at Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St., Anna, IL 62906. For any questions, call Lee at 904-625-1109 or email .

Tuesday Mass
Please note that starting last week, Mass on Tuesdays has a returned to the regular time of 8:15 AM, instead of 7 PM. Thank you.

Pictorial DVD
We are looking for photos to put on a pictorial DVD. If you have photos of family and friends taken for any of the Sacraments or parish events in the past that you would like to share for this DVD, please give them to Molly Davidson or Sherry Haddick. In the next two Sundays (November 16 and 23), Molly will be in church to receive your photos. Please put your name and number on the back if you wish to have them returned to you. Make sure they know you need them back after they will be scanned on the DVD. For questions, please contact Molly.

Church Census Update
Thank you for turning in the new Census Forms and please keep them coming! There are more blank forms in Church for those who have not yet completed a one. This will help update parish information as well as provide a means to contact you for important and/or emergency announcements such as Mass cancellations and the like. We appreciate you taking the time to help us with this update.

Worth Thinking About…
This solemn feast day was started in 1925; it was at a time when dictators were gaining power in a number of places in the world. It emphasized that we give our primary allegiance to Jesus. A good civil leader sets an example of virtuous living and uses the civil government to make society safe, fair and peaceful. The gospel reading is about the final judgment and the importance of performing the corporal works of mercy. Jesus tells us clearly what we will be judged on.
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 3.

On the Lighter Side…
Did Eve ever have a date with Adam? No, just an apple.
Why did the unemployed man get excited while looking through his Bible?

Saints of the church
St. Andre Grasset de Saint Sauveur, BL. (1758-92): Canadian priest; martyred in France, September 2, 1792, during the Revolution; one of a group called the Martyrs of Paris who were beatified in 1926; September 2.

Respect Life Corner
Homelessness: As the winter chill is now upon us, the concern for people who do not have a place to call home is more immediate than ever. There are many circumstances that can lead to people facing this crisis.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: Facilities that can accommodate those in need, particularly families, are in short supply. Catholic Urban Programs (CUP) work to assist persons who are in need of basic services. CUP is in need of volunteers to help assist those in need. Consider helping those who are without a place to call home. Pray that they can find the help they need.

of Treasure

For November 16:
General Fund: $1507.78
Cemetery Maintenance: $85.00
Campaign for Human
Development: $146.00

Diocesan Communication Information on Parish Website

Communications from the Diocese can be found on the parish website, . Take a few minutes to explore our wonderful website and then click on the link “Diocesan Monthly Mailing” to see new information from the Diocese.

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.