Red Cross Blood Drive

St. Joseph Red Cross Blood Drive will be on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 2:30-6:30 PM.  Held for the second year, it is the only blood drive in the Village of Cobden.  We will need donors and workers to make this activity a success.  Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and it may be someone you know!  About 44,000 pints of blood are needed daily to help cancer patients, surgery patient, organ transplant patients, trauma patients, and burn victims.  Only about 38% of the population is eligible to donate, but only 8% actually donate.  What a great community service we will be providing!  For any questions, suggestions or to volunteer for this special activity, you may contact Patty Flamm (618) 697-0952 or Fr. Uriel (618) 893-2276.  Please consider this saving gift to our fellow men.  See you there!

Parish Calendar at a Glance
June 12 (today):  6:00 PM VBS Prep Help (All youth and parents invited)
June 13 (Monday):  Cemetery clean up (Please secure flowers to the headstone, vase or hook)
June 14 (Tuesday):  6:30 PM Parish Council Meeting
June 15 (Wednesday):  5:00 PM Ladies Sodality outing at that Giant City Lodge (Open to all Ladies)
June 19 (Sunday):  Father’s Day
June 26 (Sunday):  6:00 PM VBS Prep Help (All youth and parents invited)
June 29 (Wednesday):  St. Joseph’s Red Cross Blood Drive
July 25-29 (Monday-Friday):  2016 Vacation Bible School

Ladies Sodality Outing

All ladies of the parish are invited to dinner at the Giant City Lodge on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM.  It will be a time to relax, have fun, enjoy camaraderie and a great meal.  Come and join the Ladies Sodality at the beautiful Lodge.  See you there!

Father’s Day Dinner
We wish to thank the Ladies Sodality and all volunteers who made the Father’s Day dinner a success.  To all Dads and their guests:  thank you for attending this special event!  We honor and commemorate all fathers for everything you do for your families, and a wonderful example set for the children.

Sacristy Clean-Up
St. Joseph Church appreciates all who came last Saturday to help with this Sacristy cleanup.  You have helped keep our church beautiful!  Thank you.

Vacation Bible School 2016
St. Joseph would like to invite you to experience VBS 2016 this coming at July 25-29.  The theme is focused on the Grace and Living the Sacraments.  Adults and children, family and friends welcome!  Included are activities/Missions project for the Yarumal Missionaries in Kenya, Africa.  Come, join St. Joseph and be a part of the Journey!

Summer Sunday Evenings
The youth of the Parish are invited to participate in the preparations for Vacation Bible School 2016.  These will be done Sunday evenings (June 12, 26 and July 11, 18, 25) at the Hall after the 5:00 PM Mass.  Several items/projects will be made to sell at the VBS Wednesday evening Marketplace.  All proceeds will go to the Yarumal Missionaries in Kenya, Africa.  Parents are encouraged to come as we will need extra adult hands to help prepare the things we make and to help with general supervision.  We hope to see you these next few Sundays and work on fun projects for VBS 2016!



2016 VBS Parable Of The Talents Challenge


Jesus told the parable of the landowner who left his considerable wealth in the care of his employees while he was gone.  Those who were good stewards brought back the owners’ trust well multiplied.  As a part of Vacation Bible School, we will be raising money to assist in the work of Yarumal Missionaries in Kenya, Africa.  You are invited to accept the challenge of the Parable of the Talents.  Beginning Sunday, June 5, envelopes will be available to all members of the Parish who accept this challenge.  You may accept $5 or $10.  Each envelope, in addition to the money, will also contain a copy of the parable, an explanation about how the challenge works, and suggestions of things you might want to do as your way of accepting this challenge.  All envelopes are to be returned by Wednesday, July 27.  If you choose to accept this challenge, you agree to do something to at least double the amount of money you accept.  All of the money raised will go directly to the Yarumal Missionaries for their work in the Maralal Diocese in Kenya.  Envelopes will be available after each of the Masses on June 5.  You are on your honor to return the envelope.  It is between you and God.  There are currently 45 envelopes available for adoption, for a total of $300.  Donations are being accepted to fund more envelopes.  Please see Jill for details.  More information for the Yarumal Missionaries (Kenya, Africa) will be attached to the bulletin in the next Sundays.




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365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder


June 16  – Did you ever realize that the Bible is a family album? When you look at your family pictures, your folks can tell you what it was like “way back when” you were a baby – and maybe even when your parents and grandparents were babies!  Well, “way back when” Jesus was born, there were no cameras, but the Bible had stories that are like “word pictures” that tell you what it was like when the family of the Church began.  Aren’t you glad to belong to TWO families – your own and God’s?




Eternal Rest Grant Unto Ethel Mae, O Lord!


We keep in our prayers Ethel Mae Blunt, who recently passed away and now rests in the arms of our Lord.  And to her family and friends, our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to you.  May God’s love give you comfort and hope during this difficult time.




Respect Life Corner


Human trafficking – No place is exempt from human trafficking today.  It is nothing short of modern slavery, exploiting people for profit through sex and labor.  Small towns, rural areas and large cities alike are targeted by traffickers.


Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  Human trafficking ranks with gun and drug trafficking as the top crimes globally.  It is so insidious because it is kept hidden through intimidation and control.  Pray that human trafficking will be brought out into the open and the victims get the help they need to gain control of their lives.




The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal… Bringing God’s mercy to those who need it most


The homebound, sick and seniors living in four counties in the southernmost part of the state are assured they will have food to eat thanks to Daystar Community Program’s mobile food pantry, which delivers groceries on a regular basis to those not able to visit Daystar’s on-site pantry.  The CSMA helps make this much needed ministry possible.  If you haven’t already done so, make your gift to the Appeal today!





Mercy Moment:  Raising the dead


These two seem an odd pairing, a doubtful duo.  Yet love and sin are bound together in the Bible readings today.  Great love leads to forgiveness.  And forgiveness leads to greater love.  Look to King David who had a husband killed so he could take the wife.  Look to the Apostle Paul who was drawn away from persecuting others by the love of the Son.  Look to the unnamed weeping woman who bathed and anointed feet.  Because of sorrow.  Because of forgiveness.  Because of great love.


Who has forgiven me?  What happened next?  Who needs my forgiveness?  And how does my forgiveness mirror God’s forgiveness – of me, of others, and of all?




Pilgrimage to Poland 2016


Join the Association of the Miraculous Medal’s 2016 Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Poland!  Pope Francis declared 2016 to be a Jubilee Year of Mercy.  This Is your invitation to journey with the Association of the Miraculous Medal by joining us on a spiritual and exciting Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Poland and Prague, October 6 -15, 2016.  Poland is known for its saints of mercy – St. John Paul II, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Faustina Kowalska (Divine Mercy).  You will not only have the opportunity to pray to these saints, but to also visit the places where they lived and worked.  This trip will be a real blessing.  To receive a colored brochure, or for more information please call our office 1-800-264-MARY (6279)




Free for You!


Religious articles and news from around the world, rosaries, prayer cards, church information and forms as well as books like “Our Lady of Guadalupe” and “The secret of the Rosary” can be found at the back of the church.  Please feel welcome to browse at your leisure and check out the interesting assortment of reading material available for you free of charge.




Worth Thinking About…


June 12 – In the first reading, Nathan points out how much God has done for David but then lists his heinous sins.  We might reflect on what a prophet say to us.  But we are assured that if we weep at Jesus’ feet as the repentant woman in the Gospel reading, Jesus will forgive us our sins. What alabaster flask of ointment are we going to bring to Jesus?


From the Pray Together Missalette, page 1.




On the Lighter Side…


A little boy was attending his first wedding.


After the service, his cousin asked him, “How many women can a man marry?”.


“Sixteen”, the boy responded.


His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly.  “Wow!  How did you know that?”


“Easy”, the boy said.


“All you have to do is added it up, like the priest said:  why4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer.”






of Treasure


For June 5, 2016:


General Fund:  $1, 844.05


Building Fund:  $270.00


Cemetery Fund:  $25.00


Peter’s Pence:  $5.00


For the Needy:  $20.00



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

Saints of the Church

St. Fiacre (Fiachra) d. c. 670):  Irish hermit; patron of gardeners; August 30.



What’s That? 



Contains the scripture readings for Mass.  It is carried in the procession by the lector and placed on the ambo.

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.

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.