Hello, 2017!  As we begin the New Year, in the spirit of thankfulness,
we acknowledge the people behind St. Joseph Parish.

Pastor:  Uriel Salamanca
Deacon:  Pat Patterson
Trustees:  Rick Flamm
Karl Sweitzer, Jr.
Parish Council:  Patty Flamm, President
Members:  Paulette Aronson, Jeanine Cerny, Carl Dasenbrock, Chris Flamm, Becky Morgan, Joe Pineau, Salvador Tomas, Gary Wiggs
Liturgy committee:  Fr. Uriel Salamanca, Deacon Pat Patterson
Paulette Aronson (Chairwoman)
Patty Flamm (Altar), Tom Cerny (Adult Education)
Tom Cerny and Joe Pineau (Service in the Absence of a Priest)
Jill Skinner (Youth Liturgy), Geof Skinner (Lector/Minister schedule
Nathan Sweitzer (Altar Servers), Jeanne Wacker and Stan Pearson (Music)
Parish School of Religion:  Jill Skinner, Paulette Aronson
PSR Teachers:  Jenny Applegate, Lori Brummer, Tom Cerny, Margaret Dale, Carmelita Machicao, Jenny Meije, Joe Pineau, Jim Poletti, Jill Skinner, Jeanne and
Raymond Wacker
Planning, VBS and Music:  Paulette Aronson, Jean Cash, David and Jamie Figueroa, Connie Vincent
Ladies Sodality:  Debbie Russell, President
Loraine McGee, Vice President
Molly Davidson, Secretary
Sherry Haddick, Treasurer
Members:  All Ladies of the Parish
Cobden Knights of Columbus:
Caleb Aronson, Sonny Basler, Daniel Brumleve, Harold Brumleve, Kenneth Brumleve,
Kevin Brumleve, Tom Cerny, Dan Cirilla, Larry Dale, Michael Eck, Charles Flamm,
Kenneth Flamm, Richard Flamm, Mark Haddick, Joe Hogan, Ray Hogan, Tex Lehr,
John Lintz, Robert Lintz, Jim Poletti, John Patrick Russell, Pat Patterson

Thank you to all who have given their time and talents, mostly behind the scenes, for the service of our Parish:  the PSR teachers and helpers, Parish Hall and Kitchen volunteers, church and grounds maintenance volunteers, donors, sponsors and Prayer warriors.  We are especially grateful to Betty Cerny for her innumerable and invaluable service and efforts in almost all of the activities here at St. Joseph.  Thank you!

Parish Calendar at a Glance
January 18, 2017 (Wednesday): 6:30 PM Ladies Sodality Meeting (All ladies, 18 and above, welcome)

PSR Classes
Welcome back, students!  PSR classes resume today at 10:15 AM and will meet at the same time next Sunday.

Update on Sarah
Sarah Russell Mann’s last CT scan showed no tumor growth!  We thank the Lord and all of you for your support.  Let us continue to keep Sarah in our prayers.

March for Life 2017
The 44th Annual National March for Life is January 26-28, 2017.  Join us and thousands of others from across the nation for this huge pro-life gathering in the nation’s capitol.  Have questions or need more info?  Want to sponsor someone to go on the trip?  Contact Doug Lugge by phone 618-476-9505 or email jdlugge@gmail.com .   Registration forms and info are also on the Diocese of Belleville Respect Life’s website at dps.diobelle.org/respectlife .

Respect Life Corner
Your Prayers Manner – 9 Days for Life – Saturday, January 21 – Sunday, January 29, 2017, will mark the anniversary of Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion throughout pregnancy.  The “9 Days for Life” novena encourages nationwide solidarity in prayer for daily intention, including for couples experiencing infertility those mourning the loss of a child through abortion, children in need of adoptive homes, and for an end to abortion and use of the death penalty.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  Ways for you and your family to participate (in English and Spanish) include the “9 days for Life” app.  Go to www.usccb.org for more information.

Vocation Corner
“St. John Vianney once said that “the priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus”, and this is primarily expressed through mercy.  As a priest, I want to be God’s instrument of mercy.”  -Father Kenneth Lao, C.C., Associate Pastor, St. Timothy Church, North York, Ontario (Columbia, November 2015, page 34)

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
January 15 – Do you know what a “papal bull” is?  No, the pope does not have a cattle ranch and cowboys in the backyard at the Vatican!  But the pope DOES sometimes send out a letter that has some extra special information on it – and to show that this letter is VERY important, he attaches a round lead seal to it.  The Latin word for this seal is bulla, and that’s why these letters have become known as ‘papal bulls”.  Rope in some of your friends today by asking them if they know about papal bulls.  Won’t they be surprised when only YOU know the answer!

Mass Schedule
Father Uriel will be out of town January 3-27, 2017.  For any parishioner emergency or needs, please contact Deacon Pat and 618-201-4823 or Fr. Fed at St. Mary’s, 618-833-5835.  Fr. Steve Humphrey will celebrate the Masses at 9:00 AM for January 8, 15 and 22 here at St. Joseph, with Fr. Higuera celebrating the Spanish Masses on those Sundays. Regular Mass schedule will resume January 30, 2017.

ORDINARY TIME – We also stand in the light of Christ
Last week on Epiphany, the Magi made it clear that all of us stand among those chosen by God in Christ.  St. John the Baptist declares the same today.  The one who baptized Jesus has proof positive (by the coming of the Holy Spirit) that he is the Christ, the Messiah, then new Passover’s Lamb of God, the Son of God.  And this Christ, through our Baptism into him, makes us his Church, his community of believers, the holy ones.  Who helped make Jesus Christ known to me?  What can I say and do to help others recognize Jesus Christ?  What can I say and do to help others see him as the Light to the nations and Savior of all?

Thoughts on the Liturgy
January 15 – John calls Jesus the Lamb of God.  This tells us about the mission of Jesus.  The lamb’s blood on the door posts of the Israelites in Egypt protected them from the angel of death.  The father of John the Baptist, Zachary, was a temple priest and lambs were offered daily in reparation sacrifices at the temple in Jerusalem.  However, the real reparation sacrifice is the death of Jesus on the cross.  How insightful that John called Jesus the Lamb of God.  (From the Pray Together Missalette, page 3)

On the Lighter Side…Forbidden fruits creates many different kinds of jams.


Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.  You really Jesus in the totality of love.  Protect all children from harm during this coming year.
Saints Basil and Gregory, pray for us.  You taught and defended the Faith with courage and fortitude.  May you guide all of our decisions throughout the year.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.  You were the first American-born saint who open the first parish Catholic school.  May you and inspire students to follow their loving Creator all the year through.
Saint John Neumann, pray for us.  You served as Bishop faithfully and simply, and began the first diocesan Catholic school network.  May you bless all teachers with patience and fortitude throughout the school year.
Saint Andre Bessette, pray for us.  You lived the beatitude of the pure of heart.  May you will inspire all those who are struggling to believe that all can be found in God.
Saint Raymond, pray for us.  You assembled the laws of the church and the teaching of the Popes for the benefit of the faithful.  May you continue to bless all those who seek guidance and counsel.
Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, pray for us.  Educator of the poor, comforter of those in need.  May you bless the poor among us with the things they need, and us in service to them.
Saint Hilary of Poitiers, pray for us.  This Bishop and Doctor of the church, bring truth to all heresies.  May you keep us on track throughout the year, and inspire us to be ever faithful to God’s word.
Saint Anthony of Egypt, pray for us.  Model for humility, exemplary of the first beatitude:  blessed are the poor in spirit.  Inspire us to always be mindful that we are nothing without God.
Saint Fabian, pray for us.  Bishop, pope and martyr of the church, intercede for our Church that all we do be centered on Christ.
Saint Agnes, pray for us.  Virgin and Martyr for the Love of God, may you protect all who fall victim to the evils of others.
Saint Vincent, pray for us.  Deacon and Martyr for the Faith, may all those in God’s service be inspired by your faithful vocation.
Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us.  You were the “gentlemen Saint” who met the people where they were and brought many closer to God by your humble example.  May we aspire to be like you in all of our interactions throughout the year.
Saint Paul, pray for us.  Converted soldier of Christ, may many be inspired join our great church and her wonderful mission.
Saint Timothy and Titus, pray for us.  You brought the message of the Gospels to the world.  May our won lives be dedicated to evangelizing the message of Christ wherever we go.
Saint Angela Merici, pray for us.  Founder of the Ursuline Sisters educators throughout the world, may we spread the value of education on every level for all persons.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.  Doctor of the Church, model teacher. May God bless all who seek it the truth of the Gospels through his intercession.
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.  Teacher and guide for the poor, and founder of the Salesians.  Inflame the hearts of all who serve God’s poor with this same the zeal and loving you so greatly ministered to Christ’s Church.

of Treasure
For January 1, 2016:
General Fund:  $1, 517.00
For the Needy:  $20.00
First Offering:  $19.00
Building Fund:  $82.00

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

Saints of the Church
St. Hugh of Cluny (the Great) (1024-1109):  Abbot of Benedictine foundation
at Cluny; supported popes in efforts to reform ecclesiastical abuses; canonized
1120; April 29.

What’s That?  The Narthex


The lobby or “gathering space” outside
of the church proper.

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.