The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


St. Joseph Parish Family Picnic
St. Joseph church members and friends are invited to the Parish Picnic on Sunday, October 18, 2015. This event, sponsored by the Ladies Sodality, is free and will be held behind the church or at the parish hall, starting from noon onwards. Activities include 3-on-3 basketball, Ping-Pong, washers, card games and Pro Football on the big screen TV. Hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill along with baked beans and soft drinks will be provided. Common and join us for great time and camaraderie here at St. Joseph’s. See you there!

October and the Rosary
October is the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary! It is a good time to commit to praying the rosary every day. We honor the Blessed Virgin Mary as we say our prayers for our loved ones, the Church and the world. Pray on!

CFS Program
Caritas Family Solutions will be presenting a program in our PSR classes today, October 4, 2015. The presentation deals with the issues of child safety and of sexual abuse and is age-appropriate. The main goal is to teach our children ways to keep their bodies safe. Each child in the PSR program has the opportunity to benefit from this program. A parent permission slip, either accepting or declining this opportunity, is required by the Diocese. If you registered for PSR during VBS, you probably need to complete a form this morning. There are forms available in the back of the church and in the Hall, and are to be turned in to Jill Skinner. Students who are not participating in program will be meeting with Tom Cerny upstairs in the Casa.

From the Newman Center
“On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) is the new appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path. This encyclical is written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility” ( Please consider a look at this encyclical offered by the Newman Center. For more information, please call Dawn O’Leary at (618) 529-3311.
What: Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
A talk by father Steven Beatty, Pastor of St. Kateri, Ridgeway, Illinois
When: Sunday, October 4 at 5:30 PM.
Where: Newman Catholic Student Center, Carbondale, Illinois

Parish Council Meeting
The parish Council will be meeting this Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Hall. If a member is unable to come, please inform the Council to prevent in a delay in starting the meeting. Parish Council meetings are open to all Parishioners.

Knights of Columbus Meeting
The K of C monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at St. Mary’s in Anna. Dinner will be served at 6:00 PM, with the meeting to follow at 7:00. All Knights of the parish are encouraged to attend.

For the Clergy
October 11, 2015 is Clergy Appreciation Day! Let us show a note, words or gestures of appreciation, on this day, to the special men and women of the Clergy who work tirelessly to spread the gospel of the Lord. Our prayers and thanks go out to you!

Ladies Sodality
The next meeting of the Ladies Sodality is Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall. Planning for the Christmas Bazaar continues. All ladies (18 and above) of the Parish are invited to attend.

Call to Serve
St. Joseph would like to invite you to prayerfully consider helping in church as Acolytes (those who serve at the altar), Lectors (those who proclaim the Word), Eucharistic Ministers (those who bring the Body of Christ to the Faithful at Mass or in their homes or hospitals), and Sacristans (those who prepare the church for Mass). A small portion of your time can be filled in this need in service of and for our church and fellow parishioners. There will be Eucharistic Minister training on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. For more information, please see or call Fr. Uriel or Paulette Aronson (618) 893-2882.

Respect Life Corner
Every Life Is Worth Living – As we mark the month of October as Respect Life Month and today, celebrate Respect Life Sunday, let us remember that every life is worth living no matter the circumstances.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: We are called to respect and protect our lives and the lives of others, and we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ to all, especially the most vulnerable. We have been given one life to live, which has inestimable value – how will we choose to live it?

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
October 6 – Did you ever hear of Bruno Hartenfaust? That may sound like an unusual name, but he was a professor and head of a school, and the pope wanted to make him in the archbishop – but you know what Bruno said? He wanted to become a hermit instead! He thought of a good way to get closer to God would be going into the mountains where it would be quiet and he could pray a lot. Later some other men came to join him in this peaceful, quiet life of work and prayer. They became known as the Carthusian monks, and he became known as St. Bruno! To celebrate Saint Bruno’s feast today, be a hermit. Find some nice, quiet spot and just sit down and think and dream a while.

From the Holy Angels Shelter: 30th Anniversary
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Holy Angels Shelter, join us for an East St. Louis reunion! Everyone is invited but if you lived, worked, visited, attended church or school in East St. Louis over have taken part in the ministry of Holy Angels Shelter in East St. Louis, you won’t want to miss this special event. Founders of the Shelter- Joe Hubbard, Gerry Hasenstab, Patricia Lewis and Paulyn Snyder- will be honored.
Cocktails and Dinner
Fisher’s Restaurant, Belleville, Illinois
Saturday evening, October 24, 2015
For additional information, to request an invitation/tickets or to make your reservation go to or email . Tel# (618) 398-5616 Ext. 201 – Rhonda.

Free for You
Religious articles and news from around the world, rosaries, church information and forms as well as books like “A Handbook on… Guadalupe” 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.

For the Needy
A great opportunity for Charity can be found right here in our own Parish. You will find a basket at the back of the church where you can drop off canned goods and other food items for the St. Joseph Church Food Pantry. The Pantry serves the needy among us here in Cobden and the immediate Union County and is always in need of dry beans, rice, vegetable oil, canned fruit, personal care items and cleaning supplies. Thank you for your generosity! “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in.” (Matthew 25: 35).

St. Joseph and Kroger
St. Joseph’s is now listed for Kroger’s Community Rewards Program. Please check , follow the directions when prompted if you have a Kroger Plus card and Kroger will donate a percentage of your grocery purchase amount back to the parish. The enrollment number for St. Joseph is #96558. We will have a computer available after the Masses this weekend for anyone who needs assistance with this process. An informational flyer can also be found attached to the bulletin board in the Hall. For questions, please call Paulette Aronson at (618) 893-2882.

Worth Thinking About…
October 4 – The first reading and the gospel reading today deal with marriage. In the Catholic religion, we follow what Jesus taught: marriage is a monogamous union of a man and a woman, join from the moment they make their wedding vows until death of one of the partners; marriage is for the mutual consolation of the spouses and, God-willing, the procreation and rearing of children. In Catholic theology, such a union between two baptized believers is a sacrament. Bishop Fulton Sheen once commented, “It takes three to get married: the husband, the wife and God.”
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 1.

On the Lighter Side…
What’s in a Word
ANTHER: Rethponth to the quethtion.
ACROSTIC: An angry little parasite.
ARCHAIC: We can’t have it and eat it, too.

of Treasure
for September 20:

General Fund: $1, 694.10
The Messenger: $20.80
For the Needy: $30.00


Thank you to all who give so

generously to support our Parish.

Saints of the Church

St. Clement Hofbauer (1751-1820): Redemptorist priest, missionary; born in Moravia; helped spread Redemptorists north of the Alps; canonized 1909; March 15.

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.