Merry Christmas to our
St. Joseph Family and Friends!

In two days we will celebrate God blessing us with the greatest gift of all – His very own Son, a Savior born in the humblest of circumstances yet one that astounds all world! As we celebrate this special day in different ways: be it singing carols, Christmas trees and decorative lights, lanterns and Parols, cookies and milk or boots waiting for Santa, nativity scenes, exchanging gifts and greeting cards, a festive meal with family and friends and, especially, the Mass, seeing the world full of kindness and love, we say, “Thank You, Lord Jesus! You are Immanuel, God with us.”Gracias!

Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noel! Feliz Natal! Buon Natale! Zalig Kersfeest! Nollaig Shona Dhuit! Mo`adim Lesimkha! Frohliche Weihnachten! Merii Kurisumasu! Sretan Bozic! Maayong Pasko!                                                                                                                                                                                    

Parish Calendar at a Glance
December 23 (Sunday): No PSR Classes; 11:15 AM Church Decorating (with light lunch)
December 24 (Monday): Christmas Eve; 5:00 PM Mass at St. Mary (Anna) 12:00 AM Midnight Mass at St. Joseph
December 25 (Tuesday): Christmas Day; 12:00 AM Midnight Mass at St. Joseph 8:00 AM Mass at St. Mary; 10 AM Mass at St. Joseph; 12:15 PM Spanish Mass at St. Francis
December 30 (Sunday): Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
January 1 (Tuesday): Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God; New Year’s Day; 9:00 AM Mass at St. Joseph; 7:00 PM Mass at St. Mary
January 6 (Sunday): Epiphany
January 12 (Saturday): 10:00 AM Eucharist Ministers Training (St. Joseph Parish Hall)

 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

Church Decorating will be today after the 10:00 AM Mass. Please join in the fun of getting our church ready for Christmas – all hands appreciated!
A soup lunch will be served in the Hall afterwards.

Christmas is almost here! The Parish is needing volunteers to serve as lectors, gifts bearers and, Eucharistic ministers and servers that for the Midnight and Christmas Day Masses. Please contact Father Uriel, Geof Skinner or Nathan Sweitzer to sign up for this very important service. Thank you!

St. Joseph is in need of singers OF ANY AGE willing to offer their voices as we celebrate the Nativity of the Lord. All music is traditional Christmas carols. How beautiful our Church will sound with a Christmas Choir! Please contact Jeanne Wacker, (618) 559-8154 to join. Come, lend us your voices!

Baby Jesus on Christmas Eve! St. Joseph is having an our PSR youth participate in the midnight Christmas Eve Mass. We need shepherds and angels. Please have the children come to the Casa (PSR building) by 11:15 PM to pick an outfit and get dressed. The children will be sitting in two reserved pews near the altar. Seal all early December 25 at midnight! For questions, please call Jim Poletti at 314-324-4689 or email Jim at jim.poletti@edwardjones.com .

‘Tis the Season! In the midst of the numerous activities that come along this time of year, our focus must remain on the reason for the season, our Lord, Jesus Christ! Our Angel Tree is awaiting more of the ornaments ready-made or made from your hearts in by your hands. In recognition of the role the Angels have played in God’s wonderful creation and the announcement of the birth of His son Jesus, the Angel tree will remain on display throughout Epiphany. Do feel free to check out the back of the church: Christmas Wafer packets (a Christmas custom and family tradition of the breaking bread and sharing of the bread – a sign of charity, unity and friendship that exists in a family), 2019 calendars, decade rosaries, cards, forms, schedules, books, CDs and other reading materials are available for your perusal and use.

The 2019 Donation Envelopes are now available – don’t forget to take one! If you are new or can’t find the assigned envelopes, please take the next available unmarked box and write in your name and address on the first envelope you will use during collection. For questions, please call or text Raymond Flamm (618-967-1472.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Evelyn in and Donnie, O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon them! We keep in our prayers St. Joseph’s Evelyn Dasenbrock (Carl Dasenbrock) and Donnie Campbell (Toni Campbell) who passed away recently and now rests in the arms of our Lord. And to their 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 true joy of Christmas is in the everlasting love of Christ. May you find His peace, love and joy now and in the coming New Year with deepest gratitude for your prayers and generosity – Ministries and Programs funded by The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal.

If you, or someone you know, our thinking about entering are just curious about the Catholic Church, RCIA is scheduled this coming January at St. Mary’s in Anna. The RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS is the process for one to learn about the church before becoming a member (beginningCatholic.com). For more information please contact Father Uriel.


Stewardship of Treasure
December 16, 2018

Offering:  $2, 675.00
Immaculate Conception:  $10.00
For the Needy:  $5.00
Christmas:  $5.00
Retirement Fund (Religious):  $15.00
General Fund:  $2, 710.00
Building Fund:  $110.00

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 Vercude (618)967-4452.