The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


Christmas Bazaar and Raffle
All Parish members are asked to continue to sell Raffle tickets for Christmas Bazaar, which will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 concurrent with our Village’s Christmas in Cobden. Crafts, baked goods and other food items will be available at the Bazaar and a Soup Lunch will be served. Prizes for this year include: Quilt and pillowcases Fran Betty Cerny, $100 Kroger Gift Certificate, Pampered Chef Basket from Jane Painter, Hallmark items from Paulette Aronson, $50 Old Mill Inn and Café Gift Certificate and a Rustle Hill Winery Overnight Cabins Stay Gift Certificate. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. Extra tickets are available at the back of the church. Ticket sales may be turn in to Betty Cerny or in the Collection Basket in an envelope marked “Raffles”. Donations for Holiday Goods and crafts for the Bazaar are most welcome. All proceeds from this event will be used for the upkeep of our Parish. The Ladies Sodality thanks you for helping in making the Bazaar are successful each year!

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 26 at 8:15 AM.

Fall 2015 Turkey Bingo
The Turkey bingo last Wednesday was very well attended, with everyone enjoying competing for the 25 turkeys. Thank you to Betty Cerny, the Ladies Sodality and everyone responsible for making the Bingo a success!

No PSR Classes
There will be no PSR classes Thanksgiving weekend (November 29, 2015). Classes will resume December 6.

Advent Jesse Tree
Our Jesse Tree will be up and everyone and the Parish is invited to make an ornament. We will begin decorating the tree November 29, the first Sunday of Advent. “The Jesse Tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to events leading to Jesus’ birth. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11: 1: “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of its roots.” (Loyola Press). Ornaments should be:
(a) symbols depicting Old Testament events or people who stories lead up to the coming of the Messiah
(b) 2 or 3 dimensional white to symbolize purity
(c) Gold and Advent purple may be used as trim
(d) where color is required, (such as Noah’s rainbow) use sparingly. Ornaments that are hung for the first time on December 13, also called Gaudette Sunday) may use a little pink. No larger than 6 inches.
You are invited to hang your ornaments before or after any mass during Advent.

Parish Council News
We congratulate our newest parish Council Member: Jeanine Cerny! She joins Council Members Chris Flamm and Salvador Tomas. Patty Flamm-Blakely capably continues her duties as Council President. Thank you also to Carl Dasenbrock and Joe Pineau for their participation in the election. St. Joseph Church is grateful for your willingness to serve and is sending prayers your way as you represent the Parish. Welcome, Jeanine!

Confirmation Information
Parishioners are invited to participate as Prayer Sponsors for our young people who are preparing for Confirmation. A prayer sponsor agrees to pray, by name, for one of our candidates. This is in addition to the candidate’s sponsor, who will be spending considerably more time with the candidate assisting in their preparation. A Prayer Sponsor’s role is to pray. Some possible ideas for things you can do to support your candidate: (1)Place their picture in a prominent place to remind you to pray for them; (2) Offer a prayer to the holy Spirit each day for your candidate; (3) pray the rosary, or any other favorite prayer; (4) Include your candidate in the General Intercession at Mass, either privately or out loud; (5) Write a short note of encouragement from time to time; (6) Look for your candidate at Mass and just say “hello” and that you are praying for them; (7) Attend the Confirmation Mass and congratulate your candidate afterwards and continue to pray for your candidate after they are confirmed. Please consider becoming a Prayer Sponsor. If you are interested in praying for one of our candidates, see Fr. Uriel or Jill to receive your information.

Minister Training
There will be a Training Workshop for current and new Eucharistic Ministers from both St. Joseph and St. Mary Churches on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 with Deacon Pat here at St. Joseph. Eucharistic Ministers give or bring the body of Christ to the faithful at Mass, in their homes and/or in hospitals. Training is done every five years. For questions or more information, please see or call Fr. Uriel or Paulette Aronson 618-893-2882.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
November 22 – In this Thanksgiving time of the year, your family might like to make up a special “blessing” to say before each meal. OR you might want to memorize this one: “Bless us, O Lord, and the gifts which we are about to receive, from your goodness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Respect Life Corner
Kingship That Bears Witness to the Truth — “For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth.”
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: Bearing witness to the truth in this age can be difficult. But Christ has shown us that “kingship” must always be at the service of the good of mankind. Therefore, with his grace and in hope of His gift of salvation, let us bear witness to the truth, even when it is so unpopular or costly to do so. Through our daily action, let us follow Christ’s loving example of showing the truth to others.

Paying it Forward Project
The “Pay It Forward” Project for Union County was started last year to help make Christmas brighter for needy children in hopes that in years to come they would remember how they were helped and return the favor by helping others as they become adults. Linda Jackson is starting the Project again this year. If any individual, church, youth group, civic or fraternal organization would like to “sponsor” a child or a family, or if you know of a family that could use some help, please contact Linda Jackson at 618-833-7737 or .

Coffee and Donuts
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 (or follow the children) 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!

Mass Schedules Online
If you need to look at Mass times of the different Churches in our community or anywhere in the U.S., you can go to to see what is available. The website lets one choose a particular state and shows the Parishes with their Ministry schedules. This is also handy when one is traveling and needing to attend Mass while out of town. Check it out!

Worth Thinking About…
November 22 – We are sometimes amused by countries that still have monarchs. However, in those countries, the king or Queen usually has very little political influence because those countries generally have a representative body that makes the laws. However, under the old system of monarchs, a good king or queen has only the good of his or her subjects in mind. A good monarch promotes peace and looks after the downtrodden and afflicted. We think of saints like Elizabeth of Hungary carrying food from the castle to give to the poor. We think of St. Edward in England and St. Louis in France. Those who wanted to have Jesus crucified shouted, “We have no king but Caesar”. Let us paraphrase that shout and say, “We have no king but Christ!”
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 3.

On the Lighter Side…
Mortal: “What is a million years like to you?”
God: “Like a second.”
Mortal: “What is a million like to you?”
God: “Like one penny.”
Mortal: “Can I have a penny?”
God: “Just a second.”

of Treasure
for November 15:
General Fund: $2064.50
All Saints’ Day: $75.00
All Souls’ Day: $5.00
Parish Improvement: $50.00
Cemetery Maintenance: $50.00

Thank you to all who give so

generously to support our Parish.

Saints of the Church

Sts. Cosmas and Damian (d.c. 303): Arabian twin brothers, physicians; martyred during Diocletian persecution; patrons of physicians; September 26.

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 to Joe Pineau for putting it together and the regular updates.

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.


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

Pastor: Father Uriel Salamanca Deacon: Rev. Patrick Patterson Trustees: Tom Masden, Karl Sweitzer, Jr. Parish Council President: Patty Blakely Parish Addresses, Phone Numbers, Internet Information Address: 101 North Centennial St., PO Box 237 , Cobden , IL 62920 . Phone numbers: St. Joseph Church 893-2276 Parish Hall 893-2368. Website address:

Bulletin Deadline

The deadline to submit an item for the bulletin is Thursday evening. You can email it to: and or text to 618-559-4347 and/or 618-967-4452. You can also call Sherry Haddick (618) 893-4638 or Luisa Vercide (618) 893-2296.