The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


Pentecost Sunday
Today, Pentecost Sunday, marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian calendar. A Holy Day of Obligation, we celebrate the dissent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles in the upper room in the beginning of the early Church. Next Sunday is another special day as we acknowledge what is most important in our belief, our Triune God, Trinity Sunday.

Memorial Day
Memorial Day Service at St. Joseph’s Cemetery will be on Monday, May 25, beginning at 9:00 AM. There will also be a service at the Cobden Cemetery at 9:30 AM that day. Memorial Day is the day our nation sets aside to remember and honor our military men and women who died in service of their country. They paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, and we should consider it our privilege and duty to pay our respects to them for their service. We hope to see many of you at the cemetery visit Monday for the prayer service and military tribute by the VFW Honor Guard.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Zane, O Lord!
We keep in our prayers Zane Bilgrav, who recently passed away and now rests in the arms of our Lord. And to his family and friends, our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to you. May God ‘s love give you comfort during this difficult time.

Red Cross Blood Drive
St. Joseph will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 30 from 2:30-6:30 PM.  This is currently the only blood drive in the village of Cobden.  Please mark your calendars!  What a great community service we will be providing – the need of blood supply is never ending.  More information will be posted as plans are being finalized for this event.  We will need donors and workers.  Please consider participating in some small way, all help appreciated!  Since normal interval time between blood donations is eight weeks, this notice is posted early to accommodate proper planning for prospective donors.  For any questions, please contact Patty Blakely (618) 697-0952 or Fr. Uriel.

CRS in Nepal

Thank you for your generous donation for the people of Nepal.  Through our donation, the Parish is helping in the Catholic Relief Services emergency efforts, following the devastating earthquake there last April 25.  CRS is assisting 10,000 families with emergency shelter, blankets, water treatment and a hygiene kits – transported to Nepal for immediate distribution. You may also donate directly to CRS.  Please prayerfully consider donating, especially since a second quake has hit this country recently.  Let us all help our brothers and sisters in this time of need.

Fundacion Hogar Integral

Fundacion Hogar Integral is a non-profit Child Foundation Charity started 1984 supporting hungry children at poverty-ridden areas in Bogotá, Colombia.  Its mission is to contribute to “a better quality of life through proper nutrition, education, training and social promotion”.  Today Hogar Integral, one of the most important foundations in the region, feeds more than 1, 400 children in Ciudad Bolivar and Altos de Cazuca, offering them not only physical nutrition, but also emotional, spiritual and intellectual.  Our VBS participants will be involved in fundraising efforts towards this organization.  More information will be posted in the next few weeks about the Parable of the Talents fundraising challenge, which can be done individually, as a family or as a group, and introduces our young to this worthy cause.

Shoe Boxes for VBS

Shoe boxes are in need for VBS!  They will be used for one of the craft projects.  Boxes can be placed in the closet of the hall.  Thank you!.

Did We (or will we) Miss Your Birthday/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 gave your new or updated information to Sherry or Paulette or submit a new Census Form.  We don’t want anyone to be left out.  Thank you!

Bulletin Notice
For items and news you wish to include in the May 31 Bulletin, please submit them to Sherry Haddick. You may call Sherry or email her at . Thank you for understanding.

Respect Life Corner
The Importance of the Holy Spirit — “Knowledge of faith is possible only in the Holy Spirit: to be in touch with Christ, we must first have been touched by the Holy Spirit. He comes to meet us and Kindle faith in us.” (CCC, 638).
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: “Come Holy Spirit!” Yes, in any discernment of God’s call, we need to call on the Holy Spirit to come fill and inspire us. Do we think to call on the Holy Spirit? Pentecost reminds us to do this not just one feast during the year… but every day.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
May 25 – Today’s the feast day of a saint with an unusual name – Bede, the Venerable. He was a monk who became a famous writer and historian and was the first one to use the words Anno Domini or A.D. to date events. He was given the title “Venerable” to honor his wisdom and learning, but his favorite prayer was a simple one. Maybe you know it. If you don’t maybe you’d like to memorize it: “Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.”

Honoring Our High School Graduates

Congratulations to graduating students: Adam Barr, Marcel Bartolo, Jennifer Cocom, Sam Cohen, Rosa Lopez, Santiago Murillo, Cesar Olvera, Guillermo Palmerin, Hannah Pineau, Mary Sweitzer. We are proud of YOU! Please join us for a gathering in your honor at the Hall after 8:00 AM Mass next Sunday, May 17. St. Joseph would also like to extend a special Thank You to Sam Cohen, who has been a faithful Altar Server all these years and will be serving at Mass for the last time. Your parish family will always be grateful for your time and talent in service of the Lord. Thank you, Sam!

Dr. Allen Hunt at St. Clare Parish
St. Clare parish will host an inspirational event: “The Good Life: How to Build Your Life on God’s 3 Bold Promises” presented by Dynamic Catholic on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, featuring best-selling author and speaker, Dr. Allen Hunt with Musical Guest, George Lower. Tickets are $25.00 each and available online at , plus check there for more details (Dynamic Catholic uses the proceeds from these events to create programs such as their Confirmation program – “Decision Point”. Find out more about that on their website). During this event, you’ll discover practical, profound and scientific ways to experience God’s immense love, constant presence and unique plan for your life! St. Clare Church, 1411 Cross St. O’Fallon Illinois. Light refreshments will be served and participants will receive a Dynamic Catholic event bag. For questions, please call Rita Zinn at 618-920-9939.

From AMM: Fall Pilgrimage to Spain and Lourdes, France
The Association of Miraculous Medal (in Perryville, Missouri) invites you to journey with us in 2015 fall pilgrimage to Spain and Lourdes, France, October 8-19. You’ll visit many sites full of history in Spain, including the city of Avila, which will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila’s birth. In Lourdes, France you will have the opportunity to attend Mass at the very grotto where our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette. Time is running out to sign up for this amazing journey of history and faith. Please reserve your seat now. If you have any questions or want more information, please call 573-547-2508 or email us at .

Recycle for Cause

Thank you for your donations of aluminum cans. Our most recent trip to CIMCO yielded $47.84 for the PSR Program. Bagged aluminum cans can be placed in the barrels in the garage. Cans only, please. Anything else must be handled separately. CIMCO will take clean pie pans, but we do not receive payment for them. Unwashed pans and aluminum foil will end up in the garbage. To responsibly dispose of the large pans beans come in, please wash in place in one of the blue Cobden recycle bins. Thank you!

Worth Thinking About…
May 24 – The Hebrew Feast of Pentecost was one of the three pilgrim feasts when as many Israelites as possible went to Jerusalem. It was seven weeks after the Passover. The feast brought about an international gathering of Jews. Loaves made from newly harvested wheat were dedicated to God. The day also commemorated the giving of the Ten Commandments. The sound of the wind and the visible fire reminded them of the manifestation of God on Mount Sinai. The international gathering in Jerusalem helped make possible a large number of new believers , so from this day forward Christianity was on its way of spreading throughout the Roman Empire, and eventually to all the world.
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 3.

On the Lighter Side…

Church Bulletin Bloopers
• The audience is to remain seated until the end of the recession.
• Ushers will eat latecomers.
• Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

of Treasure

For May 17:
General Fund: $1,717.00
Parish Improvement: $10.00
Seminarian Education: $10.00
Hall Rental: $50.00
Catholic Communications: $90.00
Cemetery Maintenance: $30.00
Ascension Sunday: $207.00

Thank you to all who give

so generously to support our Parish.

Saints of the Church
St. Boniface (Winfrid) (d. 754): English Benedictine; bishop; martyr; apostle of Germany; established monastery at Fulda which became the center of missionary work in Germany; archbishop of Mainz; martyred near Dukkum Holland; June 5.

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.

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.


Father Uriel is available to hear Confessions on the first Friday of the month from 6 PM to 6:45 PM, on the First Saturday of the month from 8:30 AM 9:00 AM, before each Mass and Any time by 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.