Mercy Moment


No greater burden!  You just have to love the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (15:  1-2, 22-29 – go ahead, read the whole chapter).  It describes the dissention and debate in Antioch, the knock-down, drag-out fight among good people.  Who should do what? How should you behave?   What should you believe?   Sound familiar?  Not un-similar to our own day is it!  A delegation goes to Jerusalem; Paul and Peter “have it out”, they talk, debate, ponder.  Then the whole Church, all of them decide what is right.  Unity and the dead and risen Lord is uppermost.  Please no greater burden to unity at the Lord’s table.  Here are the fundamentals for debate:  Believe in the Trinity and the power of Christ to save.  Behave as lovers.  Do the works of mercy placing no undue burden.

Parish Calendar at a Glance
May 5 (Thursday):  Ascension of the Lord
May 6 (Friday):  First Friday Eucharistic Adoration; 7:00 PM First Friday Mass
May 8 (Sunday):  Mother’s Day, May Crowning at all Masses
May 11 (Wednesday):  7:00 PM Parish Council Meeting (open to all Parishioners)0

Celebrating the Sacraments

Please continue to pray for our PSR students who participated in their FIRST COMMUNION today:  Riley Girtman, Mayrell Morales, Balrazar Roman, Daisy Roman, Dalia Roman, Gabe Roman, and Victor Zamora.  Also, Blessings from the St. Joseph Church Family to those who received:  THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION:  Logan Brown, Joe Brumleve, Eric Chairez, Katherine Eck, Clayton Flamm, Jenna Gomez, Jonathan Huerta, Vanessa Huerta, José Antonio Llamas, Cruz Lopez, Izabel Lopez, Epifanio Melchor, Juan Melchor, Maria Sanchez, Lauren Sweitzer, Theresa Vercide, Guadalupe Zamora, Tania Zamora and David Figueroa.  We also thank their families, teachers and all who are helping prepare them for this special Sacrament, and those who will continue to help their faith grow in the future and those who have assisted in any capacity both Confirmation in the First Communion and Masses and celebration.

Mother’s Day Dinner
As we hold Mother Mary dear in our lives, so do we honor our very own mothers this week.  Let us thank YOU from the bottom of our hearts – please, join St. Joseph for a special Mother’s Day Dinner on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 here at the Parish Hall.  All ladies and girls of the parish are invited.  Social time began at 6:30 PM with appetizers and drinks.  Dinner begins at 7:00 PM.  Help (men and lads) needed and appreciated for this event beginning the afternoon will clean-up.  For more information, please call Tom Cerny (618) 697-6225.

May Crowning
St. Joseph will have May Crowning at all Masses next Sunday, May 8.  All PSR students will be participating in the Crowning at the Mass of their choice.  According to Women for Faith and family, May Crowning is “A Catholic tradition of honor Mary, our Mother, during the month of May by placing on her statue a crown of flowers.  This lovely devotional ceremony is held in many parishes and often with Catholic children.  The May Crowning gives the children an opportunity to specially honor the Blessed Mother of Jesus, and to give thanks to her for bringing our Savior into the world.”

Celebrant Tokens
Anniversary and birthday tokens of the new mug and journal designs are available in the Hall.  If you had a birthday or anniversary between January and April and did not get a gift, they are still available for you.  Let the design on your tea or coffee mug help begin your day with a prayer.  And instead of cake, we are featuring cookies and chocolate this month to celebrate your special day.

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry
Grant applications for the Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry program are now available.  Grants offered to Catholic parishes, Catholic schools, Catholic groups and Catholic organizations within the Belleville Diocese.  These monies fund unique programs and projects that address special needs within the diocese.  Those entities currently funded in part or in total by The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal and individuals are not eligible for Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry grants.  The Fund for Ministry application form and brochure for the 2016 funding year are available on the diocesan website – www.diobelle.org – under the “Resources” tab or you may call Ms. Kathleen Hunt, 618-277-8181, Extension 1191, to request a copy by mail.  Please note that the deadline for submitting proposals is July 1, 2016.

Respect Life Corner
Human Trafficking
– In United States, victims of trafficking are “all around us” in poorly regulated industries like agriculture, in-home domestic work, nursing home work and the food-service industry.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  Human trafficking is a pro-life issue.  It is about respect for men, women and children; it is about human rights.  Discern your own ability to fight human trafficking, whether through volunteering, material donations, aware-raising or working to change and enforce laws.  Pray that we recognize the opportunity to start making a difference.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
May 2 – “May Day” has another meaning too!  The first day of May signals the beginning of the month when special honor is paid to Mary, Jesus’ Mother and the Mother of the entire Church.  A lot of families honor Mary by having a May altar in their home.  Ask your folks to help you find a good spot – like a small table in the corner or a shelf in your room.  Put a statue of Mary there and add a pot of flowers, a candle, or anything to make it look pretty.  Ask everyone in the family stop there every day and say a Hail Mary.

Month of Mary
The month of May is the “month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,” and it is the occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholic in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven.  During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts and especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration.  In this month, too, the benefits God’s mercy come down from her throne in greater abundance” (Paul VI:  Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1).  This Christian custom of dedicating the months of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century.  In this way, the Church was Christianize the secular feasts which were wont to take place at that time.  In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered this devotion.  The practice became especially popular among the members of the Jesuit Order – by 1700 it took hold among their students at the Roman College and a bit later it was publicly practiced in the Gesu Church in Rome.  From there it spread to the whole Church. (www.Catholicculture.org)

CRS:  Give a gift of hope this Mother’s Day
This Mother’s Day, honor your mom with a gift that has the power change lives.  When you select one or more items from our Gift Catalog, you are providing hope and empowerment the people who need it the most.  We’ve created a special card for Mother’s Day this year, and if you select your gift by April 26, we will mail the card to your loved one, letting her know about the important, life-sustaining gift that has been given in her honor.  $25 provides health exams for 12 children, promoting health and wellness – and preventing illness within communities.  $30 provides a hand-washing station that reduces illness and disease, ensuring children are able to attend school regularly.  $50 buys quality seed for a season, to grow quality crops that resist droughts, pests and disease, and provide the promise of vital nutrition, good health and lasting food security.  $80 buys 1 lamb or baby goat, which helps farm families provide well-rounded diets for their children and increase their incomes by selling milk and cheese.  $150 provides vaccinations for 10 children, a lifesaving gift that keeps children and communities healthier by preventing illness and death from diseases.  $1, 300 builds a community watering station, bringing clean water to communities.  See all the gifts that can positively impact the lives and health of people around the world.  Please check the catalog on www.crs.org .

Thank You For Recycling
The cans for recycling were taking to CIMCO this past week.  We received $54.90.  This will be our last load, as our garage where we stored let them as been demolished.  If you have cans you planned to bring, please see Jill.  We will set a date to stuff Jill’s truck and get them recycled.  Over the last several years, we have recycled about $150 to $200 in cans per year.  Initially, the money went toward the building project when we expanded the hall.  During the recession, it went to the general fund to help defray utilities.  Recently, the money has gone toward the education program.  Thank you for all of the cans over the years!

Diocesan Hispanic Youth Day
The annual diocesan Hispanic youth Day, for Latino youth ages 10 to 20, will be held on June 4th.  The day will began at the Shrine for a ‘pilgrimage’ experience; then move to the Pastoral Center, building 6 for experiences of putting ‘mercy in motion’.  Activities are from 9:30 to 4:30.  The theme is “El Camino:  Mercy in Motion”.  For further information call the Office of Hispanic Ministry:  235-9601 extension 1292.

Worth Thinking about…
May 1 – Christianity is not burdensome.  Still some of the early Christians, especially those who converted from Judaism, wanted the followers of Jesus to observe the detailed rules of the Mosaic Law.  In the first reading today, a church council was held in Jerusalem and it was decided that Christians would not be expected to follow the Hebrew customs and laws.
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 3.

On the Lighter Side…
A Sunday school teacher asked her class,
“What was Jesus’ mother’s name?”
One child answered, “Mary.”
The teacher then asked,
“Who knows what Jesus’ father’s name was?”
A little kid answered, “Verge.”
Confused, the teacher asked, “Where did you get that?”
The kid said, “Well, you know they are always talking about Verge n’ Mary.”

of Treasure
For April 24, 2016:
General Fund:  $2, 190.00
Missions:  $110.00
Hall Rental:  $50.00

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

Saints of the Church

St. Emily de Vialar (1797-1856):  French foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition; canonized 1951; June 17.

What’s That? Zucchetto


A sacred vessel designed to expose the consecrated Host to the congregation either for adoration in church, of carrying in procession, particularly on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ.

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.