Parish Calendar at a Glance
August 13 (Sunday): 9:00 AM PSR/Confirmation Teachers Meeting; PSR Registration (Hall)
August 15 (Tuesday): The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM Masses
August 20 (Sunday): PSR Registration at the Hall after all Masses
August 22 (Tuesday): 7:15 PM Adult Bible Study on the Liturgy Readings with Deacon Pat

Teachers Meeting
We will have a combined PSR and Confirmation Teachers ’ meeting today, August 13 at 9:00 AM in the Hall. Welcome, Teachers!

2017-2018 PSR Classes
PSR registration will be available in the Hall after all the Masses the next few Sundays (August 6, 13, 20 and 27). New this year: Confirmation, First Communion and PSR Registration is all on the same form. Please circle the class for which you are registering at the top of the first page. First Communion and PSR classes begin on September 10, 2017 and will be held on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:05 AM. For most students, First Communion preparation will now be a two year process. Students who are Second Grade and those in Grades 3 and 4 who have not been in the program before will form the first year class. Students who are in third or fourth grade and have at least one year of PSR experience will form the second year class and will make their First Communion in May. Students who are entering the program in Grades 5 or older will continue to receive First Communion preparation in one year, assuming they entered the program before October 8, 2017 and attend class regularly. Confirmation classes for students in the Eighth Grade or older will be held most Sunday evenings 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the library, beginning August 27, 2017. Parents are asked to attend the beginning of the first class. Teachers and all who have contact with our youth: the new Child Protection update is available for you. Please go to diobelle.org, click on Diocesan Events, and follow the links. All teachers will need to be current on their Child Protection requirements before classes begin on September 10.

Books, Books
If you would like to keep a copy of the book Rebuilt, please consider covering the cost of the book ($8). The money can be thought in the jar next to the Children’s Bibles in the Hall. As we go through changes during the next couple of years, you might like to be able to consider the lessons learned by the parish featured in this book. There are also several copies of Why We’re Catholic by Trent Horn free for you at the back of the church. Please check it out.

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal…Join Us as Partners of Hope
Holy Angels Shelter provides not only food, clothing and shelter for homeless women, children and intact families but also gives ongoing support so clients may become self-supporting, productive members of their own community in a home of their own. You can partner with Holy Angels and make dreams come true through your gift to the 2017 Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Vacation Bible School 2017
A big thank you to all who worked to make VBS a success:  to those who helped plan and teach the VBS lessons, to all who helped with the Marketplace including the students who came Sunday evenings during June and July to make things to sell and prepare the Hall, to those who participated in the Parable of the Talents challenge, to students who presented the play Wednesday evening, to all who helped prepare, serve clean up for the Family Dinner on Wednesday, to all who donated materials and food for VBS, to all who donated to the Catholic Relief Services efforts in Madagascar and for the wonderful support of Father Uriel. Thank you for your generous gifts for the Food Pantry:  school supplies, personal care items and cleaning supplies. To all who attended VBS this week – You are why we do this. Thank you, also, to our speaker Father Jim Dougherty, who talked about the early Church and moderated and enlightening talk regarding our own St. Joseph Church. Please take time to visit the parish Hall and check out information about the VBS week as well as about the old St. Joseph School. The items remaining from the Marketplace are also on sale in the Hall. For those that have not yet done so, please return to Fr. Uriel or Jill Skinner your Parable of the Talents envelopes soon.

Vocation Corner
The leap of faith we see from Peter in the Gospel and invites us to look beyond the stormy seas or the blowing winds keeping us from trusting and following Jesus. A vocation is often filled with obstacles, but at the same time, our persistence through difficulties are what makes us true disciples. “Do not be afraid” is what we often hear when a person is called to vocation, and so we need to pray for the grace and courage to find and follow Jesus within difficulties.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
August 15 – Today’s the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin – the time when Jesus’ Mother, Mary, went to join her Son in heaven. Wouldn’t this be a great day to give a MERRY surprise to your mother or grandmother or a friend’s mother – maybe a little bunch of flowers or a homemade gift or a card or a cookie?

Volunteers Needed
Pro-Life Articles is an organization that furnishes Pro-Life information to Catholic Churches and no cost. We need volunteers to telephone Catholic Churches to obtain correct email addresses when these churches change their email addresses. This requires the use of Microsoft Excel software. Volunteers make about 20 telephone calls per month if interested, please contact Martin Reiser, Chandler, AZ at reiser33@gmail.com .

Adult Bible Study
The Adult Education Class on current Liturgy Readings with Deacon Pat continues here at St. Joseph every Tuesday at 7:15 PM. This is a great opportunity to understand our Catholic faith through the weekly Readings in the company of our Parish family. Come and avail of this learning experience! All are welcome!

Respect Life Corner
Navigating Infertility – We often assume parenthood happens easily after “I do,” but for many married couples, it does not. For some, the joy of conception never happens. Others suffer repeated miscarriages. The pain can be overwhelming.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  If you experience difficulty bringing a child into your family, know that you are not alone. The USCCB – www.usccb.org has some suggestions that may be helpful to you on this journey. Even if we ourselves do not experience difficulty bearing children, pray that we can be channels of God’s mercy for those who do.

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Needing to be quiet
We hear today of the need to “get away” – Elijah, pursued by Jezebel, is running for his very life; Jesus, dismissing the crowd, goes off to pray. Both do this alone both their God speak in a tiny sound, in a single small whisper. The point may be this:  nothing we see and nothing we hear is too insignificant to make present the glory of God. God is always there to save me, save us. We will I, each day this week, make time to be still? When will I listen for God’s single whisper? Elijah is told:  “The Lord will be passing by.” How can I look for God everywhere?

Coffee and Donut
Having coffee and donuts more than just hit the spot, it gives us a chance to spend a few relaxing and savory moments to get to know and catch up with YOU, our fellow parishioners! Come to the Hall after the Masses and grab a donut or two with your drink. The Parish would love to share this time with you. Everyone is welcome!

Thoughts on the Liturgy
August 13 – Where do we find God? Perhaps it is in the beauties of nature, or perhaps in a spouse, or child, or a friend. Perhaps we discover God in music or art, or in everyday things such as our breath or heartbeat. Elijah, in the first reading, found God in a tiny, whispering voice in his mind.
From the Pray Together Missal, page 2.

On the Lighter Side…
The elderly priest was surprised when he arrived in heaven and discovered that a New York cab driver had been awarded a higher plane than he.
“I don’t understand,” he complained to God. “I devoted my entire life to the Church.”
“Our policy here is to reward results,” God explained. “Now, did your parishioners listen attentively when you preached a homily?”
“Well,” the priest had to admit, “some people did fall asleep from time to time.”
“Exactly,” said God. “And when the people rode in this man’s taxi, they not only stayed awake, they prayed as if their lives depended on it.”

of Treasure
August 6, 2017
General Fund:  $2, 922.72
Building Fund:  $231.00
Help Defray Staff
Salaries:  $147.00

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

Saints of the Church
St. John Nepomucene Neumann (1811-60):  American prelate; b. Bohemia; ordained in New York 1836; missionary among Germans near Niagara Falls before Joining Redemptorists, 1840; bishop of Philadelphia, 1852; first bishop of us to prescribe Forty Hours devotion in his diocese; beatified 1963; canonized June 19, 1977; January 5 (U.S.)

What’s That? The Roman Gradual

The book containing all of the chants for every Mass of the year.

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.