The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


Good-bye Potluck for Tom and Brenda Masden
Next Sunday, August 2, following the 10:15 Mass there will be a potluck for the parish, to give everyone an opportunity to say “Good-Bye” to Tom and Brenda. They will soon be leaving us to move to Virginia to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law and their grandsons. They have been a blessing to the parish and we will miss them greatly. This Sodality will have meat, potatoes and gravy, and vegetable. Please bring a side dish to share and show the Masden’s how much they mean to us.

Vacation Bible School 2015
St. Joseph would like to invite you to experience VBS 2015 this coming July 27-31. Adults and children, families and friends welcome! Included are activities/Missions project for the children of Bogotá Colombia and a Food Drive for those in need to here in Cobden. Here is an overview of the 5-day event:
Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM Programs and activities for children and adults
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 PM programs and activities for children and adults
Wednesday 6:30 PM Dinner. Everyone is invited.
7:15 PM Marketplace. Foods and activities Jesus experienced for everyone. Items produced for the Parable of the Talents will be for sale.
Thursday, 6:30 PM Children gather to prepare for the Mass.
7:00 PM Mass
Friday, 6:00-7:50 PM Pool party at the Anna Pool.

Blessings To Our July Celebrants
Here’s a shout-out to our birthday and anniversary celebrants: Betty Abney, Harold Brumleve Jeanine Cerny, Morgan Cerny, Lori Cohen, Rick Flamm, Michael McCleland, Joan Patterson, James Rains, Debbie Russell, Anita Sweitzer, Linda Wiggs and Dan and Dorothy Cirilla. Today we celebrate YOU! There will be cake after the Masses and don’t forget to pick up a blessing token from the basket in the hallway. Please let us know if we missed someone’s birthday or anniversary. There will also be donuts and coffee as usual.

From the Diocese
Diocesan Director Msgr. John Myler has contacted all the parishes in our Diocese. He wants to establish a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) parish representative in each parish to better coordinate all communication between the CRS and the Parishioners. Who in our parish would be interested in this volunteer job position? Please consider prayerfully and contact Fr. Uriel or Patty Blakely for the job description. Msgr. Myler would like to hear from you by August 10th.

Parish Council
There will be no Parish Council meeting for the month of August. Meetings will resume in September at a different time that will be announced later.

Vacation Bible School 2015

Help Needed:  There are number of items we need for VBS. We are looking for people willing to donate food items for snacks Monday and Tuesday, and for the pool party on Friday. We will need people to help man the booths at the Marketplace on Wednesday. If you are able to help with any of these things, there are sign-up sheets in the back of the church. Thank you!
Summer Sunday Evenings:  The youth of the Parish are invited to participate in the preparations for VBS 2015. We are making things to sell at the Marketplace and preparing materials for the various activities. We are meeting in the Casa July 12 and 19, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. All youth of the Parish, fifth grade and above, are invited.
Parable of the Talents Challenge:  There are still a few envelopes available for adoption. See Fr. Uriel or Jill. All Proceeds from This Outreach Project Will Be Used to Buy Food for the Children Who Attend Fundacion Hogar Integral in Bogotá Colombia.
Food Drive:  For an Outreach Closer to Home, We Will Conduct a Food Drive for Those in Need within Our Community. There Is a Need for Dried Beans, Rice, Cooking Oil, and Masa Harina Corn Flour. Personal Care Items and School Supplies Will Also Be Very Much Appreciated. Monetary Donations for Perishables like Milk Can Be Given Directly to Fr. Uriel or Carmelita.

Respect Life Corner
Eucharist We gathered to remember and to revere, to experience the joy of Communion–each of us consuming Christ and becoming one with him. And how are we to prepare ourselves for this great feast of becoming? Our part is to show up hungry. We bring to the table all that Is keeping us separate and divided – our pride, anger, fear, impatience. We bring whatever is broken in us, whatever pulls us away or down.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  We bring our burdens eagerly and reverently, a gift for the table, hungry for whatever awaits us there. And we leave the table as “satisfied” as the crowds who gathered to hear Jesus speak, carrying Christ to the waiting world where God’s abundant love will bear fruit.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder

July 26 – This is a good day for grandparents! It’s the feast of Saint Joachim and Saint Ann – and since they were the parents of Jesus’ Mother, Mary, you might think of them as Jesus’ grandparents! Did you think Saint Ann made cookies for Jesus and Saint Joachim took Jesus fishing? Say a prayer for YOUR grandparents today – and maybe you could also make a homemade “surprise hello” card for them or give them a special surprise hello phone call!

Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal… Accept the challenge…
Young people from parishes across the Diocese renewed friendships, played together and prayed together at this year’s Diocesan Youth Conference. The event was sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry which is funded by The CSMA. Invest in our youth through your gift to this year’s appeal – all contributions, in any amount, are appreciated.

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 Lad0y 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 .

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 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!

Jokes and Jokers Welcome
Do you have a favorite joke or two? Email them to or leave them at the back of the church for Luisa Vercide and you might just see them here in the Bulletin!

Worth Thinking About…

July 26 – Two stories of the multiplication of food! In the first reading, food is multiplied at the prayer of the prophet Elisha. Elisha was a farmer who received a call from Elijah to preach. Many miracles were brought about the prayer of this man of God, including the multiplication of barley loaves. Nearly a thousand years later, a similar miracle happened at the word of Jesus. What we can learn is how generous God is to each one of us, providing both physical food and spiritual inspirations.
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 2.

On the Lighter Side…
Kids in Church
• A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, “Would you like to say the blessing?” . “I wouldn’t know what to say.” the girl replied. “Just say what you hear Mommy say.” , the wife answered. The daughter bowed her head and said, “Lord, why on earth did I invite all the people of the dinner?”.


of Treasure

July 19:
General Fund: $2593.46
Parish Improvement: $20.00
Cemetery Maintenance: $30.00

Saints of the Church
St. Cassian of Tangier (d. 298): Roman martyr; an official court stenographer who declared himself a Christian; patron of stenographers; December 3.

Thank you to all who give

so generously to support our Parish.

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.