The Parish Calendar at a Glance
November 19 (today): 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 6:00 PM Confirmation Class
2:00 PM Las Posadas (Anna Arts Center)
November 21 Tuesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
November 23 (Thursday): Thanksgiving Day
November 28 Tuesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
November 30 (Thursday): 6:30 PM Partnership Council Meeting (St. Mary’s, Anna)
December 1 (Friday): Eucharistic Adoration; 7:00 PM First Friday Mass
December 2 (Saturday): 8:00-4:00 PM Christmas Bazaar and Soup Lunch
December 3 (Sunday): First Sunday of Advent; 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 6:00 PM Confirmation Class
December 5 (Tuesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
December 7 (Thursday): 6:00 PM Tiding and Tidbit Social (Havisham House)
December 8 (Friday): The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Holy Day of Obligation

Parish Council News
We congratulate our newest Parish Council Members: Geof Skinner, Joel Vercide and Raymond Wacker! They replace Patty Flamm, JP Russell and Salvador Tomas on the Council and will each be serving a three-year term. St. Joseph Church is grateful for your willingness to serve, Geof, Joel and Raymond, and send prayers your way as you represent the Parish. A great many thanks to Patty, JP and Salvador for all their services St. Joseph! Please remember our Council in your prayers.

Scouting-For-Food Drive
The Anna Boy Scout Troop is scheduled to put on their Scouting-For-Food bags in Cobden on Saturday, November 11, 2017. We encourage everyone to support the Anna Troop in this community service by participating in the Drive. The bags will be picked up by the Scouts the following Saturday, November 18 and the goods collected donated to the St. Joseph Food Pantry.

Fall 2017 Turkey Bingo
The Turkey Bingo last Wednesday was very well attended, with everyone enjoying competing for the twenty-five turkeys. Thank you to Betty Cerny, the Ladies Sodality and everyone responsible for making the Bingo a success!

Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!
It’s that time of year to give thanks, for we are a Community with so much to be grateful for. And St. Joseph Church is grateful for YOU! Let’s start celebrating this special day, mindful of and sharing our blessings, with a Mass on Thursday, November 23 at 8:15 AM.

Christmas Bazaar
The annual bazaar sponsored by the Sodality is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The soup lunch will be held from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM. The cost of the soup lunch is $5.00, which includes two bowls of soup (your choice of several varieties), crackers, tea and or coffee. We are also asking for donations to the Bazaar of baked goods, candies, crafts of all kinds. Christmas items, or any other items you wish to donate. Also all Parish members are asked to sell the bazaar raffle tickets attached to today’s Bulletin. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. Extra tickets are available at the back of the church. Ticket sales may be turned in to Betty Cerny or in the Collection Basket in an envelope marked “Raffle”. For questions, please contact Betty Cerny, Debbie Russell, Sherry Haddick, or any other member of the Sodality. A Christmas Bazaar is the Sodality’s main source of income, and need your help to make it successful.

ADVENT is almost here! The first Sunday of Advent is December 3, 2017. In the midst of the numerous activities that come along this time of the year, our focus must remain on the reason for the season, our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Tiding and Tidbits
The Ladies of St. Mary invite you to tidings and tidbits on December 7, 2017, 6:00 PM for a Ladies Social at the Havisham House in Alto Pass, Illinois. Refreshments will be provided. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church for anyone interested. Please sign up ASAP for a headcount. We hope to see you there.

Did we (or will we) Miss Your Birthday or Anniversary?
The Parish will be recognizing birthday and anniversary celebrants next Sunday. Are you on our list? If not, we can’t give you the recognition you deserve! Please give your new or updated information to Sherry or Paulette. We don’t want anyone to be left out. Thank you!

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
November 24 – Did you ever say a “beanbag” prayer? Ask your family – or some friends – to stand in a circle and toss a bean bag today. Whoever catches the beanbag say a prayer – a thanksgiving prayer for this special time year. What prayer will YOU say? Thank you, God, for pumpkin pie… Thank you, God, for puppy dogs… Thank you, God for…

From the Diocese:  Deacon Formation
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a deacon, you are invited to attend two upcoming informational meetings in December to January. Formal classes are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018; however, other aspects of formation will begin well before that. The diocese will hold two informational meetings:  the first is on Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:00 AM, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 2620 Lebanon Ave., Belleville, Building 6 and the second one is on Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10:00 AM, at the same location. You will need to attend both sessions. These meetings will provide a great deal of information regarding the requirements of the program and will explain the types of service fulfilled by deacons. Members of the Deacon Formation Committee will present the program and will be available to answer questions. To assist in planning and to ensure we have adequate program materials at the meetings, please contact Patti Warner at the Deacon Formation Office to let her know you plan to attend. You can reach Patti by mail at 2620 Lebanon Ave., Belleville, IL 62221; by email at pwarner@diobelle.org or by phone at 618.722.5043. Please continue to pray for all those in our diocese discerning a vocation to lay ministry, diaconate, priesthood or religious life

From the Diocese:  March for Life
The annual bus trip to Washington, DC for the 45th Annual National March for Life will be January 18-19-20, 2018 (Thursday-Saturday). Join us and thousands of others from across the nation for this huge pro-life gathering in the nation’s capital. Go to http://dps.diobelle.org/respectlife for the Registration Forms and Fact Sheet.

From the Diocese: Respect Life Corner
Giving Thanks – As many of us celebrate Thanksgiving with our family and friends with an abundance of food and drink, there are those in our country who do not have enough to eat. Families are struggling to secure every day food essentials.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: As you gather this holiday season with your family and friends consider having your own “food drive”. Ask people to bring a non-perishable food item with them when you get together. Donate the items to your local food pantry or take them to your parish if they have a collection. Give thanks to God for our blessings and ask Him to bless those in need.

From the Diocese: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – Still being prepared.
This parable today is of the talents, trust, and service. New Testament “talents” are big piles of money. But in this story, they are God-given free gifts and baptismal charisms. Given to be used. For the benefit of others. Not to be hidden. Fear of doing something wrong can lead to inactivity. Lack of action and playing it safe are not kingdom of God behaviors. How does God make me worthy? What does God have in store for me? How will I stay busy (not be lazy)?

Thoughts on the Liturgy
November 19- The first reading today is from the Book of Proverbs. It is part of the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Scriptures. The book teaches people how to live in holiness. The passage today is about the good wife. The gospel reading is a parable praising diligence and condemning laziness. Another message of the parable is that if we use inspirations God gives us, we will receive even more inspirations!
From the Pray Together Missal, page 3.

On the Lighter Side…Hilarious Signs
“Always remember you’re unique…just like everyone else.”

of Treasure

November 12, 2017
General Fund:  $1, 752.08
For the Needy:  $20.00
Building Fund:  $69.00
Cemetery Fund:  $454.00

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

Saints Of The Church
St. John Vianney (Cure of Ars) (1786-1859):  French parish priest; noted confessor, spent 16-18 hours a day in confessional; canonized 1925; patron of parish priests; August 4.

What’s That?
Symbols of a Bishop
The Bishop’s Chair
In ancient times, a chair was a sign of authority to teach. The bishop’s chair is called a “cathedra” from the Latin word for chair and it is the presence of the bishop’s cathedra in a church that makes it a cathedral. The bishop’s chair then is a symbol of the bishop’s teaching office and pastoral power in his diocese. It is also a sign of unity of believers in the faith that the bishop proclaims as shepherd of the Lords flock.

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.