Jesse Tree 2016

‘TIS the Season – Advent is here!  the midst of the numerous activities that come along with this time of year, our focus must remain on the reason for the season, our Lord, Jesus Christ!  Today, the first Sunday of Advent, everyone in the parish is invited to make an ornament for the Jesse tree.  Ornaments should be:

(1)  Symbols depicting Old Testament events or people whose stories lead up to the coming of the Messiah.  Symbols related to the birth of Christ may be added on the fourth week.  (2) 2 or 3 dimensional.  (3) White to symbolize purity.  Gold and Advent purple may be used as trim.  Where color is required, (such as Noah’s rainbow) use sparingly.  (4) Ornaments that are hung for the first time on December 11 (also called Gaudette Sunday), may use a little pink.  (5) About 6 inches.

You are invited to hang your ornaments before or after any Mass during Advent.  Loyola Press has made a list of suggested ornaments that is available online.  Go to Loyola Press, and type “Jesse Tree” in the search box.  These pages are available for viewing in a notebook at the back of church.


Parish Calendar at a Glance

November 27 (Sunday):  First Sunday of Advent; No PSR Classes

December 1 (Thursday):  6:00 PM K of C Meeting (Anna, IL)

December 2 (Friday):  Eucharistic Adoration; 7:00 PM First Friday Mass and Benediction

December 3 (Saturday):  St. Joseph Bazaar; Christmas in Cobden


Christmas Bazaar and Raffle

Please continue to sell Raffle tickets for the Christmas Bazaar, which will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 concurrent with our Village’s annual Christmas in Cobden.  Crafts, baked goods and other food items will be available at the Bazaar in a Soup Lunch will be served.  Prizes include:  A quilt set (Betty Cerny), Earrings (Marilyn Boysen), Peach Wood Pen and necklace set (Raymond Flamm), Art (Paulette Aronson), Candlesticks and Wine Glasses, all of which are displayed in the Parish Hall.  Each item has its own box where you can put your tickets so everyone has a chance to win his or her own preferred prize.  Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six with extra tickets available at the back of the church.  Ticket sales may turn in to Betty Cerny or in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Raffles”.  Donations for Holiday Goods and Crafts for the Bazaar are most welcome.  The Ladies Sodality thanks you for helping in making the Bazaar successful each year!

For more information about Christmas in Cobden, please check with the Cobden Village Hall.


Volunteers Needed

Christmas is almost here!  The Parish is needing volunteers to serve as lectors, gifts bearers, Eucharistic ministers and servers for the Midnight and Christmas Day Masses.  Please contact Geof Skinner and Karl Sweitzer, Jr. soon to sign up for this very important service. Thank you!


Christmas Choir

St. Joseph is in need of singers OF ANE AGE willing to offer their voices as we celebrate the Nativity of the Lord.  All music is traditional Christmas carols.  With enough interest, practice will be held December 18 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.  How beautiful our Church will sound!  Please contact Jeanne Wacker, (618) 559-8154 to volunteer.


Respect Life Corner

Do We Know Our Faith? – In any age when Church instruction is being rejected and replaced by secular values, it is not hard to understand why.  It is easy to ignore what you do not know.  It is also easy to discard what is misunderstood.  If you do not know your faith, how do you live it?

Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  First, make a commitment to learning.  Second, overcome the fear of the truth.  Third, seek out the opportunities to learn.  Fourth, leaders come forward.  Paul tells us, “Do not conform yourself to this age but be transformed a by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.  (Romans 12:  2)


First Sunday of Advent – beginning where we left off.

Each year, the new season of Advent begins where we left the old liturgical year.  We ponder the coming (parousia) of Jesus Christ the Second Time.  We do this in prayer, in action, in anticipation.  We wait for this unknown time, but not in fear.  So, how do we stay ready?  By not doing the bad things listed in the Second Reading (Romans 13:  11-14). By doing the list of merciful things we practiced all last year.  The Jubilee Year of Mercy is not a “one and done” year.  It was rehearsal for this new year of grace.  Let us resolve to hear the Gospel of Matthew attending to compassion, justice, and mercy.  Let us keep before us the works of mercy.  Let us “put on the Lord Jesus Christ.”


Ring Found

Lost a ring?  A woman’s ring was left behind in the pew after the 8:00 AM Mass last November 6.  For more information, please contact Patty Flamm at (618) 697-0952.


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

The Parish will be recognizing birthday and anniversary celebrants next Sunday.  Are you on our list?  If not, 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!


365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder

November 27 – Did you ever play “Show and Tell”?  Get some in your friends together today and play Bible “Show and Tell”.  “Show” something that illustrates a Bible story – and then make everybody guess which story it is.  For example, “show” an apple for the story of Adam and Eve, a slingshot for David and Goliath, and two glasses of tomato juice for the parting of the Red Sea!


Parish Council News

We congratulate our newest parish Council Members:  Paulette Aronson and Becky Morgan!  They replace Raymond Wacker and JP Russell on the Council and will be serving a 3-year term. Gary Wiggs will be serving a second 3-year term while Patty Flamm continues her duties as Council President.  St. Joseph is grateful for your willingness, Paulette and Becky, to serve and send prayers your way as you represent the Parish.  A great many thanks to JP and Raymond for all their service to us at St. Joseph!  Please remember our Council in your prayers.


Bible Study With Deacon Pat

There will be no Adult Bible Study Classes on the Gospel of Mark on November 22 and 29, 2016.  Class will resume on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 PM.


March for Life 2017

The diocese of Belleville has 50 tickets (one busload) for the Youth Rally and Mass for the upcoming 2017 March for Life which will be held in Washington D.C. on January 27.  These tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The Diocese would love to fill the bus again this year and provide the opportunity to change hearts and minds to protect the most vulnerable among us particularly those at the beginning and end of life.  You can find the March for Life fact sheet and registration form at dps.diobelle.org/respectlife.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Doug Lugge at jdlugge@gmail.com or (618) 476-9505.


Coats Needed!

Winter is just around the corner and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul desperately needs coats to distribute to those in need.  Gently-used or new coats of all types in all sizes for all ages – toddlers, children, teens and adults, men and women – are being requested.  Coats can be dropped off at the St. Vincent de Paul office located at # 13 Vieux Carre Drive, Suite 2, East St. Louis (Loisel Village area, immediately off route I 57) or call 618-394-0126 – – Joe Hubbard-extension 13 or Pat Hogrebe-extension 12 for additional information.  Warm your heart by keeping someone warm – check your closets and donate a coat today!


Pay It Forward Project

The “Pay It Forward” Project for Union County was started two years ago and to help make Christmas brighter for needy children in the hope that in years to come they would remember how they were helped and return the favor by helping others is they become adults.  This year, thirty-two (32) of the children are from the Cobden school system. Linda Jackson is coordinating the Project again.  Several local churches sponsor children each year and St. Joseph is invited to join.  If any individual, church, a youth group, civic or fraternal organization will would like to “sponsor” a child or a family, or if you know of a family that could use some help, please contact Linda Jackson at 618-833-7737 or lindajackson98@frontier.com .


Thoughts on the Liturgy

November 27 – Remember the old phonograph recordings?  They were done on vinyl discs, which went around and around.  Or think of the carnival ride called the merry-go-round?  Sometimes we may feel like we are going around and around in our spiritual lives.  This Sunday we start a new liturgical year, but we might want to think of it like a spiral staircase.  Each time we go a full circle, we are a floor higher.  Most of the Gospel readings in this liturgical year will be from St. Matthews Gospel.  In our churches this weekend, we may see the Advent wreath or a Jesse Tree which lists some of Christ’s human ancestors.  We think of the Jewish preparation for the coming of the Messiah; we think of the coming Christmas celebration and we think of Christ’s coming to us at the end of our lives and the end of earthly time.

From the Pray Together Missalette, page 1.


On the Lighter Side…

There was a barber who paid close attention at his parish whenever the topic of evangelization was discussed

He thought he should be doing more to share his faith with his customers.

The next morning the barber told the Lord in prayer, “Today I am going to witness the first customer who walks through my door.”

A man came in as his he opened his shop and said, “I need to shave.”

The barber said, “Yes, sir!  Just have a seat and I’ll be right with you.”

The barber went in the back and prayed a quick prayer saying, “Lord, the first customer just came in and I’m going to witness to him.  Give me the wisdom to know just the right thing to say.  Amen.”

Then the barber came out with his straight razor in one hand and a Bible in the other and told his customer:

“I have a question for you:  Are you ready to meet your Maker?”



of Treasure

For November 20, 2016:


General Fund:  $1, 755.40

Building Fund:  $85.00

Cemetery Fund:  $95.00

Campaign for Human

Development:  $96.00

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

Saints of the Church

St. Gregory Thaumaturgus (c. 213-68):  Bishop of Neocaesarea; missionary, famed as wonder worker; November 17.


What’s That?  Sanctuary
The elevated portion of the church
where the clergy and other ministers
perform their proper functions in the
worship of God.  The sanctuary symbolizes

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 Jeannine Cerny for managing the page.


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.