Mission Statement
The Catholic community of St. Joseph’s Parish in Cobden, Illinois is a family of believers united in faith and heritage. Through Jesus Christ and the gospel message, with Saint Joseph as our patron, we commit ourselves to the values of family and the work of the church. We cherish our traditions and pray that their importance will be reflected in our community as we grow in the Catholic faith and share in the message of Christ.

St. Joseph Pastoral Information
Pastor:  Father Uriel Salamanca         (618) 713-8257           fr.uriel.salamanca@gmail.com
Deacon:  Pat Patterson                       (618) 893-2154           pat@pattersoncentral.com
Trustees:  Rick Flamm                        (618) 893-4953           Richard.flamm@hillmangroup.com
                Karl Sweitzer, Jr.                 (618) 697-4754           karl_sweitzer@Hotmail.com
Parish Council:  Joe Pineau                 (618) 697-6795           4jope4@gmail.com
Liturgy:  Paulette Aronson                  (618) 893-2882           artteacher37@hotmail.com
PSR:  Jill Skinner                                  (618) 893-2289           skinnerstudiosjillgeof@gmail.com
Ladies Sodality:  Debbie Russell         (618) 521-1062           debrarussell@jalc.edu
                           Sherry Haddick         (618) 559-4347           sherryhaddick@yahoo.com
Cemetery:          Gary Wiggs              (618) 967-7116           garydwiggs@gmail.com
Cobden K of C:   Joe Pineau                (618) 697-6795           4jope4@gmail.com

Ministry Schedule
Masses:  Monday-Saturday:  8:15 AM
Sunday Masses:  English 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM    Spanish 5:00 PM
First Friday Mass and Benediction:  7:00 PM
Holy Days of Obligation:  7:00 AM and 7:00 PM
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration:  A sign-up sheet is available in church
Reconciliation:  Before Masses, First Friday:  6:00-6:45 PM, First Saturday:  8:45-9:30 AM
Or by appointment.
Baptisms, Blessings, Weddings and Hospital Visits:  Please contact Father Uriel
Parish School of Religion:  September – May, Sundays 9:00 AM


Parish Calendar at a Glance
March 18 (Sunday): Daylight Savings Time; 9:00 AM Youth Mass and St. Joseph Parish Potluck to follow
March 22 (Thursday): 6:30 PM Lenten Penance Service
March 23 (Friday): 4:00-7:00 PM Fish Fry Dinner; 7:00 PM Stations of the Cross
March 24 (Saturday): 2:00 PM Outdoor Stations of the Cross
March 25 (Sunday): Palm Sunday; 9:00 AM PSR classes; 6:00 PM Confirmation class
March 29 (Thursday): Holy Thursday; Washing of Feet
March 30 (Friday): Good Friday; 12:00 PM Stations of the Cross; 3:00 PM Seven Last Words of Christ (Siete Palabras); 7:00 PM Adoration of the Cross
March 31 (Saturday): 10:00 AM St. Mary Easter Egg Hunt; Easter Vigil
April 1 (Sunday): 9:00 AM Easter Sunday Mass

St. Joseph Feast is tomorrow, Monday, March 19, 2018. The Parish celebrates Saint Joseph’s Feast Day today with a Youth Mass, followed by a Parish Potluck. This year at the Potluck, Father Uriel will be blessing bread and food items as a part of the commemoration of our parish’s patron saint. St. Joseph’s Table Blessing, a tradition associated with the feast of St. Joseph who is the breadwinner of his family, is a blessing of bread, pastries and other food items. You are invited to bring bread, pastries or a food item to be blessed and shared. Copies of the blessing of St. Joseph’s Table will be distributed for use in your home on February 19th (St. Joseph’s Feast Day). Come and join us for fellowship and a wonderful celebration for the Patron Saint of our church, Saint Joseph. All are welcome!

A special Outdoor Stations of the Cross has been held here in Cobden every Lent for several years now. 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 next Saturday, March 24, 2018, 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!

 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 on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 PM. Father Uriel and Father Federico will be available to hear Confessions. Confession is a “spiritual medicine which strengthens as well as heals” (beginningcatholic.com). Come and experience the love and mercy of Jesus!

Volunteer Needed. The Ladies Sodality is looking for someone to be the contact person for hall rentals. Responsibilities include booking dates, handling rental agreement forms and fees, opening and closing the hall for renters, and checking the hall before and after events. If you are looking for a way to serve the parish, please consider this opportunity. If you are interested, or want more information, please contact Debbie Russell or Sherry Haddick.

Notre Dame’s FCCLA invite all Seniors to the Senior Citizen Dance on Friday, March 23 from 2:00-4:00 PM at ND. That dance will feature music by the Jerry Ford Combo. Snacks and prizes provided by FCCLA students. Come join us for a fun, free afternoon of dancing! For more information, please contact Tanya Davis (tanyadavis@notredamecape.org) 573-335-6772 extension 501.

Notre Dame Regional High School presents “Meet Me in St. Louis”, April 5-8, 2018, 7:00 PM at the Notre Dame King Hall. All seats $10.00 with a special group rate for the Thursday performance. Based on “The Kensington Stories” by Sally Benson and the MGM motion picture. For tickets, please go to: www.notredamehighschool.org/musical or contact ND – 573-335-6772 extension 311.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Rosemary, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her! We keep in our prayers Raymond Flamm’s sister, Sister Rose Marie (Rosemary) Flamm, who recently passed away and now rests in the arms of our Lord. And to her 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. The funeral will be on Tuesday, March 13, 11:30 AM at the SSND Mother House (320 East Ripa St., St. Louis, Missouri). St. Joseph, pray for Sr. Rosemary!

This Lent:  Give 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. Read the Bible, the Magnificat booklet and other inspirational books. Pray the Stations of the cross every Friday. Watch EWTN’s inspirational programs like Scripture and Tradition (Fr. Mitch Pacwa), World Over Live (Raymond Arroyo), Women of Grace (Johnnette Benkovic) and many more. Listen to Catholic Radio. Enjoy St. Joseph’s Fish Fry Dinner from 4:00-7:00 PM every Friday until March 23!

On the Lighter Side… “I married Mr. Right. I just didn’t know his first name was Always.”

of Treasure

March 11, 2018

Offering:  $1, 525.00
CSMA:  $200.00
Catholic Relief Services:  $180.00
General Fund Total:  $1, 905.00
Building Fund:  $30.00

Thank you for supporting St. Joseph!

Offertory Gifts
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.