The Catholic Church of St. Joseph



Blessings to the first communion class 2015:

Yoselin Avila, Randy Calderon, Cresli Carrillo, Yovani Carrillo, Aron Funes, Dora Funes, Edwin Funes, Eric Guijón, Fredy Guerrero, Brianna Gutierrez, Madelyn Hansen, Kevin Hernandez, Gustavo Juarez, Maria Elena Martinez, Omar Martinez, Marin Martinez, Laritza Roman, Michael Tomas, Alfredo Vaca, Francisco Vaca.  Everyone is invited to the Hall immediately following the 10:15 AM Mass for reception in honor of our First Communicants and their families.  We also thank the families, sponsors, teachers, and all of who have helped in preparing the children for this day and those who will continue to help their faith to grow in the future.

One For The Cross

Thank you for supporting the Bald Knob Cross in Alto Pass!  We are happy to donate $244.42 toward One for The Cross.  For those who have not or still wish to contribute, you may put it in a separate envelope or donate or mailed directly to the office at the Cross.  Let us keep on working for the continuing restoration of this special monument in our county.  Every dollar counts!

2015 Vacation Bible school
VBS this year will be on July 27-31, 2015. We are in need of teachers, assistants, and support help. If you would like to help in any capacity, please see Jill Skinner. The next meeting will be Sunday, April 26, 11:15 AM in the Hall.

Child Protection Workshop
St. Joseph will be offering a Child Protection Workshop on April 26, 2015 for all of our students, as required by the diocese. These workshops will take place during the regular PSR time (9:00 AM). The age-appropriate programs will be presented by a trained social worker from Caritas Family Solutions (formerly Catholic Social Services). All students are required to have a permission slip either accepting or declining the opportunity to participate. Parents are asked to please return the permission slip by April 19. We must have a completed Form on every student. For further information, please see Jill Skinner.

2016 Confirmation Information
The first Confirmation meeting will be Sunday, April 26, at 6:00 PM in the Hall. All students who will be in eighth grade in September, or older, who would like to be a part of this class are asked to attend this meeting. Parents are also asked to attend. For more information, please see Father Uriel or Molly Davidson.

Did We (or will we) Miss Your Birthday/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 gave your new or updated information to Sherry or Paulette or submit a new Census Form. We don’t want anyone to be left out. Thank you!

The Messenger Renewal

The Messenger is the Catholic newspaper for the diocese of Belleville, Illinois (which covers the southern 28 counties of Illinois). The paper, now celebrating its 100th anniversary, is delivered to about 10,000 paid subscribers by mail. Please stay “connected” through a subscription to The Messenger. Messenger Renewal Weekend is Feb. 7-8, 2015. Payments can be made through a Parish envelope or online at . Subscription cost: Print- $25.00, Electronic- $25.00, Both- $30.00. Renew or subscribe today!

Respect Life Corner

Children Are The Greatest Blessing – In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said, “Children are the greatest blessing God has bestowed upon men and women.  Yet, many children are rejected, abandoned, robbed of a their childhood and their future.  It is ‘shameful’ when people say it is a ‘mistake’ to bring a child into this world.”
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray – Imagine a society that bases itself on the principle that “no sacrifice on the part of adults would be considered too costly or too great, anything so as to avoid that a child thinks they are mistake, that they have no value and that they are abandoned to the wounds of life.”  How beautiful such as society would be.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder

April 22 – Did you ever notice a nickel, peer at a penny, eye a dime?  Try it!  You’ll find written on each coin the words “In God We Trust”.  Those words have been imprinted on American coins ever since that motto was approved by Congress on April 22, 1864.  Do YOU trust in God?  You may think that God doesn’t answer your prayers , but He always does.  Sometimes the answer is yes; sometimes the answer is no.  And sometimes you have to wait a long time before you get an answer.  But you WILL get one.  Trust in God.

CRS Rice Bowl
CRS Rice Bowl is a faith-in-action program for families and faith communities to alleviate hunger and poverty in 40-45 countries. Now a tradition of millions of Catholics in the U.S., Rice Bowl Boxes are used to collect Lenten alms and are changing lives. $1 a day for forty days of Lent means: (a) 1 month of food for a family, (b) 2 years of seed for a farmer, (c) 3 months of clean water for 4 families. Rice bowls can be turned in to Father Uriel or Jill Skinner. Thank you for your generous gifts. For more information about how your gifts help those most in need, please go to

Coffee & Donuts
Coffee and donuts more than just hits 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 (or three) with your drink. The Parish would love to share this time with you. Everyone is welcome!

Mass Schedules Online
if you need to look at Mass times of the different churches and our community or anywhere in the U.S., you can go to to see what is available.  The website lets one choose a particular state and shows the Parish is with their Ministry schedules.  This is also handy for when one is traveling and needing to attend mass while out of town.  Check it out!

Worth Thinking About…
April 19 – In the gospel reading, Luke speaks about the disciples knowing it was Jesus in the “breaking of the bread”.  For the Jews, breaking the bread was a ceremonial gesture at the beginning of a meal, but for Christians the expression had taken the meaning in the celebration of the Eucharist. Jesus speaks to the disciples about his resurrection on “the third day”.  Perhaps they could see that this was perfigured in the Hebrew Scriptures such as the story of Jonah being in the belly of the whale for three days (Jon1: 17), or the three days Isaac was under the death sentence (Gn 22:  4), or the expression of the third day restoration of Israel as described in Hosea 6: 2.
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 2.

PSR Schedule for the remainder of the school year:
April 12 Class.
April 19 Class. First Communion at 10:15 Mass
April 26 Class. Child Protection workshop for all students.
May 3 Last day of class. May crowning.

July 27-31 Vacation Bible School.

On the Lighter Side…
What do they call pastors in Germany?  German Shepherds.
Which servant of God was the biggest law breaker in the Bible?

of Treasure

General Fund:  $1627.00
Parish improvement:  $127.00
Good Friday:  $10.00
CSMA:  $500.00
Catholic Mission:  $10.00
Easter:  $215.00
One For The Cross:  $244.42

Thank you to all

who give so generously to support our Parish.

Saints of the Church

St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-79):  French peasant girl favored with series of visions of Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes; joined the Institute of Sisters of Notre Dame at Nevers, 1866; canonized 1933; April 16.

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.