The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


Sunday, October 19

Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Belated Birthday Celebration for David Masden

A belated 40th birthday party for David Masden is being planned for Sunday, October 26 from 11:30-2:00 in the parish hall. Hamburgers and hotdogs, beans, chips, drinks, and dessert  will be served. Everyone in the parish is invited to come and help David celebrate.

David was in the hospital in St. Louis on his birthday but his wish was that he could have a big celebration to mark this milestone year. Since we couldn’t hold it then, we are doing what we can now to give him his wish. Gifts are not necessary; your presence is all the present he wants.

Parish Council Elections

One of the issues discussed at the last Parish Council meeting was the upcoming Council elections. It will be held Sunday, November 2, 2014 during the Masses. There are currently three positions available and anyone interested may contact Fr. Uriel or Patty Blakley (618-697-0952). Please submit the names by October 31 so the ballots can be prepared and placed at the end of the pews by election day. We ask that you prayerfully consider this as a wonderful opportunity of service and become the voice of the members of our Parish. Thank you!

St. Joseph Church Census Update

Please help us update our Parish Members’ information by taking a few minutes of your time to fill out the new Census Forms. Each family, new and regular parishioners, needs to fill out a form which are found at the back of the church. We look forward to getting to know you better!

Pictorial DVD

We are looking for photos to put on a pictorial DVD. If  you have photos of family and friends taken for any of the Sacraments or parish events in the past that you would like to share for this DVD,   please give them to Molly Davidson or Sherry Haddick by the end of October. They will be scanned on the DVD and returned to you, if you put your name and number on the back. Please make sure they know you need it back. If you have questions, please contact Molly.

Did We (or will we) Miss Your Birthday/Anniversary?

The Parish will be recognizing birthday and anniversary celebrants at the last Sunday of each month. If we don’t have your birthday or anniversary on our list, 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!

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Her, O Lord!

We, as St. Joseph Parish family, continue to offer prayers and condolences to the family of Bob Paulson, whose mother passed away recently.

Respect Life Corner

End of Life– “The proper response to end-of-life suffering is loving care and accompaniment on the journey towards death – especially with the help of palliative care – and not “actively assisted death.”  (Pope Benedict XVI Address to public authorities in Austria – September 7, 2007)

Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  Hospice is a philosophy of care. It treats the person rather than the disease and focuses on quality of life. It surrounds the patient and family with a team consisting of professionals who not only address physical distress, but emotional and spiritual issues as well. You can learn more about the services that hospice provides at  You may wish to inquire about volunteering with a hospice organization. Pray for those families beginning or ending this journey with their loved ones


St. Joseph’s Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal (CSMA) goal has not been met for the year. These funds support many programs such as special liturgy, ordinations, blessings, and other events within our Diocese. Our goal is for 58 families to participate with a one-time donation of $30. Please consider the gift of generosity! Envelopes are available at the back of the church. Thank you for your participation.

We Pray For

Those who are serving our nation in the military: Scott Bourne, Aaron Cerny, Joseph Eck, Doug Meadows, Steve Pedrotty, Aaron Sellars, Logan Smith, Sean Stadelbacher.

Those in need of healing: Caleb Aronson, Charles Bacon, Brendan Bailey, Sharon Baity, Zane Bilgrav, Kay Bittle, Louie Bittle, Ethel Mae Blunt, Bill & Marilyn Boysen, Teri Campbell, Jean Cash, Shelly Cox, Marshall Davis, Lucy Eddleman, Virginia Flamm, Edna Goddard, Noah Godinez, Steve Hardy, Amy Patterson Irali, Karen Lamer, Wayne & Betty Lingle, Carmelita Machicao, David Masden, John Morgan, Mike McCleland, Patrick McCulley, Sharon Pearson, Stan Pearson, Lee Phemister, private intention, Lela Roberts, Carol Savini, William Schmid, Ricky Shannon, William Spray, Sr., Charles Stadelbacher, Rosie Stadelbacher, Charles E. Taylor, Bob Thomas, Louis Tripp, Jean Wacker’s mother & father, Alyce Ward, Jim Walsh, Sue Williams, Fred Wilson, Roger Wiseman.

Those in Nursing Homes: Irene Cash, Ed Flamm, Kathy Mc Cullough, Ralph Noel, Vernon Wyatt.

Please notify Sherry Haddick or Molly Davidson for an addition or update to our current Prayer List.


365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids  by Bernadette Snyder

Do you know why Catholics make novenas? NOVENA comes from a Latin word meaning nine. The apostles spent nine days praying between the Ascension (when Jesus left them to go back to heaven) and Pentecost (when the Holy Spirit came to inspire them). So when there’s something very important to pray about, prayers are said every day for nine days in a row, asking God for help. And that’s a novena! Can you think of something important enough to pray about for nine days?


Altar Servers Needed

Altar servers are needed for both  Masses. If you are in the 3rd Grade or above and would like to receive training as a server, please call Karl Sweitzer (618) 893-4363 and he will arrange a time to teach you. This is an important service to the parish and to God, so if you are not a server, please consider becoming one. Talk with your parents or any of the current servers to find out more about this ministry.


Anna Arts Center Upcoming Events:

“Voices of Union County” Play: Written by Dr. Lynn Steveson and directed by Pete Housman. Set in the Stinson Library, locals relive special characters, such as Amy Kirkpatrick and Frank Willard among others, from the past of Union County. Even Cobden and the Bald Knob Cross are mentioned in this humorous look at history! Anna Arts Center (125 Davie St., Anna, IL), Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets $15. Call Bob 618-697-0009 for more information.

Visions of Southern Illinois Art Show and Competition: Everyone is invited to come and check out this FREE exhibit celebrating the artwork of local area artists. Open October 10-26, Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. including a Reception (with refreshments) for Awarding and Participant Recognition on October 26, 2-4 p.m. at the Anna Arts Center.

Fire Station House of Horrors Haunted House: Come if you dare to meet your worst nightmare! Every Friday and Saturday night from October 10-November 1, 7-10 p.m. General admission $5 or 5 for $20. Proceeds go to AJCHS Theater Boosters and the Anna Arts Center. If you want to volunteer, please call Lee 904-625-1109.


Volunteers Needed for Food Pantry and/or Front Desk Receptionist

If you have considered volunteering your time for a very worthwhile cause, here’s an excellent opportunity. Due to an ever-increasing number of clients to be served, Catholic Urban Programs is seeking volunteers to work in the food pantry or as a receptionist at the front desk in their East St. Louis Office which is located at #7 Vieux Carre Drive (Loisel Village area immediately off Route 157). Office hours are 9 a.m.-12 Noon and 1:00p.m. – 4:00p.m., Monday through Friday. No experience is required; however, you must enjoy working with the public and have great people skills. If you have a morning or afternoon or a day or two available to volunteer, please call Gerry Hasenstab at 618-398-5616, Ext. 203, for additional information.


Worth Thinking About…

His opponents think that they have presented Jesus with a dilemma. Jesus, however, points out that we have a number of obligations. In this case, we need to support a government for the services offered in a complex society but that does not contradict our obligation to keep the commandments. In the second reading, St. Paul is expressing his happiness that the Christians in Thessalonica are living by the theological virtues of faith, hope and love.

From the Pray Together Missalette, page 2.


On the Lighter Side…

Where was Solomon’s temple located? On the side of his head!

How does Moses make his coffee?