The Catholic community of St. Joseph’s Church in Cobden, Illinois, the family of believers united in faith and heritage. Through Jesus Christ and the gospel message, with St. Joseph as our patron, we commit ourselves to the values of the 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.

Parish Calendar at a Glance
February 17 (Sunday): 8:45 AM PSR Classes
February 18 (Monday): Presidents’ Day
February 28) Wednesday): 6:30 PM Ladies Sodality Meeting (open to all St. Joseph ladies) 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
February 24 (Sunday): 8:45 AM PSR Classes
February 27(Wednesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
March 1 (Friday): Eucharistic Adoration ; 7:00 PM First Mass and Benediction
March 2 (Saturday): First Reconciliation
March 3(Sunday): 8:45 AM PSR Classes
March 6 (Wednesday): Ash Wednesday


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:  Raymond Wacker     (618) 457-6731           wacker@siu.edu

Liturgy:  Paulette Aronson                  (618) 893-2882           artteacher37@hotmail.com

PSR:  Jill Skinner                                  (618) 893-2289           skinnerstudiosjillgeof@gmail.com

Ladies Sodality: Loraine McGee         (618) 697-0250           dbada1@frontier.com

  Debbie Russell                                      (618) 521-1062           debrarussell@jalc.edu

Cemetery:          Gary Wiggs              (618) 967-7116           garydwiggs@gmail.com

Cobden K of C:  Joe Pineau                 (618) 697-6795           4jope4@gmail.com



Father Uriel is collecting palms from past Palm Sundays to burn four Ash Wednesday ashes. Please bring them to church when you can. The penitential season of Lent begins this year on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Mass will be celebrated at 7:00 AM, Cobden and 6:00 PM, Anna, with an Ash Prayer Service at noon. The ashes will be also available at church for everyone that day. Lent a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter (catholiceducation.org).

Thank you to Heather Wright for organizing the Jewelry Making craft session held last Sunday in the hall. Thank you, also, to Debbie Russell for the refreshments, Marilyn Boysen for her expert help and all the women who came for the fun and fellowship. Please keep the second Saturday of March open for the next fun-filled craft session.

The 2019 St. Joseph Cemetery Mowing Bids will be accepted until February 28, 2019. If you are interested, please contact Gary Wiggs at) 618) 967-7116 or a scheduled visit to the cemetery and discuss the specifics. Thank you!

Calling all St. Joseph ladies! St. Anne’s altar Society invites the ladies of St. Joseph and St. Mary churches to a Winter Social. It will be held at the Blue Boar Restaurant (920 Kratzinger Hallow Rd, Cobden, IL) on Sunday, March 3, 2019. The fun time will start with the appetizers at 2:00 PM please. RSVP to Sherry Haddick at 618-559-4347. Come and enjoy this fellowship of Catholic women!

Got glasses? The Adorers of the Blood of Christ (a religious group of women, will be collecting used Eyeglasses to be donated to the Lions Club. If you would like to donate yours, please bring them to the St. Joseph and drop them in a box at the back the church any time. Let’s put those old glasses to good use!

The Fish Fry Dinners to begin the first Friday after Ash Wednesday and will continue every Friday from 4:00-7:00 PM until April 12, 2019. All-you-can-eat $11.00 for adults, 5.00 for kids (12 and under). Come to the St. Joseph for camaraderie and a great dinner (or get a takeout box) every Friday! For more information and/or to assist during the dinner, please contact Carl Dasenbrock. Baking, kitchen, desk, serving, and clean-up help will be needed for these dinners. A sign-up sheet will be placed at the back of the church and at the Hall. Thank you.

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic relief services’ Lenten faith-in-action program for families and faith communities. Every Lent, Catholics in the United States do something amazing. Their prayers, fasting and almsgiving become life-saving aid for millions of individuals living in the conditions of poverty around the world. The hungry are fed; the thirsty are given drink; the homeless find shelter. And this has been going on for more than 40 years. That’s the impact of CRS Rice Bowl. That’s how what you give up for Lent can change lives. The simple cardboard box – a CRS Rice Bowl – inspires prayers, fasting and almsgiving within Catholic families across the U.S., and delivers helps millions around the world. How are donations used? Driven by faith, we are committed to help those in need no matter where they may live. In that spirit: 25 percent of your donations go to hunger and poverty alleviation efforts in your own community. 75 percent of the your gift supports CRS’ programs around the world. Pick up a box today.

Having Coffee and Donuts more than just hit the spot, it gives us a chance to spend a few relaxing and savoring moments to get to know and catch up with You, our fellow parishioners and welcome those who or visiting St. Joseph! Come to the hall after the masses and grab a donut or two to drink. The Parish would love to spend this time with you. Everyone is welcome!


Stewardship of Treasure
December 16, 2018

Offering: $1, 289.00
For the Needy: $120.00
General Fund: $1, 409.00
The Messenger $75.00

Thank you for your continued
support of St. Joseph’s Church

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 Vercide (618)967-4452.