Parish Calendar at a Glance
August 28 (Sunday):  PSR Registration after all Masses
August 31 (Wednesday):  7:00 PM Adult Class on the New Testament with Deacon Pat
September 2 (Friday):  Eucharistic Adoration, 7:00 PM First Friday Mass
September 4 (Sunday):  Louisiana Flood Relief Collection and PSR Registration after all Masses
September 7 (Wednesday): 6:30 PM Parish Council Meeting (open to all Parishioners)
September 11 (Sunday):  Louisiana Flood Relief Collection at all Masses
9:00 AM PSR Classes began at the Casa

Blessings To Our July and August Celebrants!
Here’s a shout-out to our birthday and anniversary celebrants:  Betty Abney, Ryan Barr, Harold Brumleve, Kyle Brumleve, Jeannine Cerny, Morgan Cerny, Lori Cohen, Rick Flamm, Sherry Haddick, Michael McCleland, Joan Patterson James Rains, Debbie Russell, Charles Stadelbacher, Anita Sweitzer, Linda Wiggs, Scott and Paulette Aronson Dan and Dorothy Cirilla, Marc and Lori Cohen and Ray and Rose Hogan.  Today we celebrate YOU!  There will be cookies and chocolate after the Masses and don’t forget to pick up a blessing token.  Anniversary and birthday tokens of new mug and Journal designs are available and the Hall.  Let the design on your tea or coffee mug help begin your day with prayer.  There will also be coffee and donuts as usual.

Knights of Columbus
St. Joseph Church would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for their generous donation to the Food Pantry.  The Pantry serves the needy within our community with supplements of edible goods, toiletries, household products and sundries. Donations replenish the Pantry items and are always welcome.  Thank you, Knights!

Collection For Louisiana Flood Relief
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Pres. of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, has called for an emergency collection to support the efforts of Catholic Charities USA for the victims of the recent flooding in Louisiana.  According to a statement from Archbishop Kurtz, “as many as 60,000 homes have been damaged, with nearly 20,000 people being rescued from flood waters.  More than 106,000 individuals and families have sought federal aid.  Immediate and long-term recovery needs place a tremendous burden on public and private resources.  This is a burden we can help carry as the body of Christ.”  The prayers, monetary and material support generously given will help in rebuilding the lives of all those affected by this disaster.  Flood Relief collection here at St. Joseph will be taken up on the weekend of September 3-4 and 10-11.  You may also donate directly to Catholic Charities USA.  Please consider the gift of giving.

2016 PSR Classes
PSR registration will be available in the Hall after all the Masses until September 4.  Classes begin on September 11, 2016 and will be held Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:05 AM.  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 11.

PSR 2016 Help Needed
St. Joseph Church is in need of a second PSR teacher for our youngest students ages four (4) through First Grade.  If you feel led to be a part of our church’s ministry in teaching the young, please see Jill Skinner.

Donut Person Needed
Joe Pineau, who is responsible for picking up Kroger doughnuts for the Hall on Sundays, will be on vacation and is needing a volunteer to take over this function for seven (7) weeks from September 18-October 30.  If interested, please contact Joe at (618) 697-6795.

Mass Schedule
Fr. Uriel will be in Belleville, Illinois Monday to Thursday, September 12-15, 2016.  There will be no daily Masses on these days.

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appealbringing God’s mercy to those who need it most
Holy Angel 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 community in a home of their own.  You can help Holy Angels make dreams come true through your gift to this year’s Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal.

Respect Life Corner
God’s Gift of Forgiveness
– The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation is one of the means by which our relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church is healed, restored and ultimately strengthened.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  Even before anyone of us can consider seeking forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance, we know God is already at work in our hearts.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life”
(John 3:  16).  By reflecting on that familiar passage, we can begin to grasp the significance of Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.  When was the last time you celebrated the sacrament?  How can we be effective instruments of God’s mercy if we do not regularly experience that mercy in a most personal way?

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
August 28 – Say hooray for St. Monica’s son – who became St. Augustine!  After spending years at odds with the Church, he became a great Church leader, writer and teacher – one of the most famous in history!  Isn’t God wonderful to be so forgiving?  Even when people turn away from him, God waits patiently; but as soon as they say they’re sorry, he welcomes them back with open arms!  When you do something wrong, do you always remember to tell God you’re sorry?

Mercy Moment:


Who to invite?
We have all had the task of making the guest list for dinner, a cookout, a wedding, the Christmas cards.  Who is on it?  Who is crossed off?  Who must we invite?  Who can’t be seated next to whom?  You know it all!  Jesus, however, upsets our list by making tasks today.  He tells his host – and thus us – invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.  In short, invite everyone, especially those who probably cannot invite you back.  Who do I need to invite over for coffee, for lunch?  Who can I include in some outing, project, or conversation?

St. Joseph and Kroger
St. Joseph’s is listed in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program.  Please renew or register at www.kroger.com/communityrewards and Kroger will donate a percentage of your grocery purchase amount back to the Parish.  We currently have received over $500 from Kroger.  The enrollment number for St. Joseph is #96558.  Thank you for shopping at our local Kroger and helping St. Joseph church at the same time!  For questions, please call Paulette Aronson at (618) 893-2882.

Vacation Bible School 2016
Vacation Bible School was a great success, thanks to Jill Skinner, Fr. Uriel, the visiting guests and the volunteers who helped and all the various activities throughout the week.  And to the youth and adults who attended, St. Joseph’s appreciates your dedicated participation in this special activity in our Church.  As of date, a total of $1, 722.00 has been collected.  The breakdown is as follows:  Marketplace $79, Quilt raffle $410, Parable of the Talents $1, 058 and other donations $175.  Thank you for your amazing generosity for the Yarumal Missions in Kenya.  If you have not yet returned your envelope, please give it to Fr. Uriel or Jill as soon as possible.

Coffee, Cupcakes and Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP
Join us Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 PM at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 2620 Lebanon Ave. in Belleville for an evening with Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP.  Her topic:  “Mercy Me!  But What About Justice?”  Tickets are $15 per person over by a table of seven for $105.  TICKET PRICE INCLUDES COFFEE AND CUPCAKES.  Call or email The Messenger to receive your tickets:  618-233-8670 /cathnews@bellevillemessenger.org .

Hispanic Minister Needed
Partnering to serve the needs of Hispanic Families, the parishes within Clinton County, Illinois, are seeking a Hispanic Minister.  The Hispanic Minister will have a responsibility to love and care for the Hispanic congregation while leading them to evangelize and integrate themselves into the life of the local parishes and larger Catholic community.  The Hispanic Minister is responsible for pastoral care, membership development, and to serve as the liaison between Hispanics and Pastors and the local civic and religious entities or individuals.  Applicant must have an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural differences.  Applicant must be a self-starter and work well with parish leadership, have strong written and oral communication skills both in English and Spanish, and have the ability to foster trusting relationships.  Essential qualifications include a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but practical pastoral experience may substitute; an understanding of the Catholic faith and pastoral outreach; sensitivity to issues surrounding Hispanic immigrants; bilingual in Spanish.  To apply send cover letter with resume and preferred salary range to St. George Parish c/o Deacon John Fridley, 200 N. 3rd St. New Baden, IL 62265, email saintgcatholicchurch@gmail.com.

Worth Thinking About…
August 28 – The first reading today is from the book of Sirach.  The book is sometimes called Ecclesiasticus which means the church book.  It is so called because it was once used extensively to teach catechumens.  The theme of the first reading and the Gospel reading is humility.  Humility is truth.  The good we do is because God gives us the inspirations and then we act on these inspirations.  The opposite of humility is self-promoting pride which is condemned by Jesus in today’s parable.
From the pray together Missalette, page 1.

On the Lighter Side…
A driver tucked a note under her windshield wiper:  “I’ve circled the block for 20 minutes.  I’m late for an appointment, and if I don’t park here I’ll lose my job.  Forgive us our trespasses.”
Returning, she came back to find a parking ticket and another note:  “I’ve circled the block for 20 years, and if I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job.  Lead us not into temptation.”

of Treasure
For August 21, 2016:

General Fund:  $1, 862.00
Building Fund:  $130.00
Assumption of Mary:  $199.00

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

Saints of the Church
St. Francis Xavier Bianchi (1743-1815):  Italian Barnabite, acclaimed apostle of Naples because of his work there among the poor and abandoned; canonized 1951; January 31.

What’s That? Tabernacle

The tabernacle is a liturgical furnishing used to house the Eucharist outside of Mass.  This provides a location where the Eucharist can be keptfor the adoration of the faithful and for later use (e.g., distribution to the sick).

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.