Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patronal FeastDay of the Americas
Who is the Virgin of Guadalupe? The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico and the Americas. She is depicted with brown skin, an Angel and moon at her feet and rays of sunlight that encircle her. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego on December 9, 1531. For more information about Our Lady of Guadalupe, please check online at catholicculture.org .

The Parish Calendar at a Glance
December 10 (Sunday): 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 6:00 PM Confirmation Class
December 12 (Tuesday): Our Lady of Guadalupe; 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
December 13 (Wednesday): 6:00 PM Parish Council Meeting (open to all parishioners)
December 17 (Sunday): 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 6:00 PM Confirmation Class
December 19 (Tuesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat

Felicidades, Fr. Uriel!
We are proud of our very own Father Uriel will be celebrating his 30th year as an ordained Priest this Tuesday, December 5! The parish is thankful for the blessing of his presence, guidance and friendship here. Thank you for answering the call to Priesthood! May God bless you and keep you as you continue the work of our Lord for many years and come.

Angel Tree
There will be a new Advent tree on the altar of this Advent season. Instead of the Jesse Tree, which depicted people from Jesus’ family tree, we will be adding an Angel Tree. Heavenly angels are pure spirits and God’s messengers who he sends to us as the need arises. When they are not waste God, they dwell between a sacred space between us and God. People never become angels, they become saints.  The PSR students will have received an advent calendar with stickers for each day which match a daily reading about angels who have appeared in Bible from creation to the birth of Christ. Children will be making angels to hang on the tree. Adults are invited to place handmade or pre-made Angels on the tree before or after any Mass and to contemplate the role of Angels in our lives, starting with our Guardian Angels, to become familiar with these messengers. The ornaments from your hearts and hands will make our tree beautiful!

Church Decorating
The Church will be decorated (with the trees and manger) on December 17, 2017 after the 10:15 AM Mass. Please join in the fun of getting our Church ready for Christmas – all hands appreciated! Refreshments will be served in the Hall afterwards.

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 ANY AGE willing to offer their voices as we celebrate the nativity of our lord. All music is traditional Christmas carols. How beautiful our church will sound! Please contact Jeanne Wacker, (618) 559-8154 to volunteer.

Eternal rest grant unto Albert and Francis, O Lord!
And let your perpetual light shine upon them.
We keep in our prayers Michael Eck’s father, Albert Oscar Eck, and Jane Lingle’s father, Francis Lingle, who both passed away recently and now rests in the arms of our Lord. And to their 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.

Word for Molly (Arizona)
“Hi, Advent will be in full swing by the time you get this. I’ve been praying you had a successful Bazaar. On December 2, Maggie’s Place will be having our first Christmas party. The Moms will be making gifts for the children and the children will get a gift for their moms. We are hopefully helping the moms grasp the true meaning of Christmas. A note about Thanksgiving:   we had NO leftovers so I cooked another turkey so I could make turkey enchilada soup and Turkey tetrazzini. Both dishes give me a little taste of friends and home. Love, Molly”

Magnificat Booklets are available for daily inspirational readings this Advent!

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
December 12 -It’s the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe- another special day to honor Mary, a feast celebrated especially in Mexico with prayers and processions. This would be a good day to get out your family’s Christmas crib set – Mary, Joseph, the Baby Jesus, the shepherds, and lambs. If you don’t have a crib set, by one or make one! Just draw the Christmas scene on construction paper or cardboard. Put your crib scene in a special place of honor in your home as a reminder that it will soon be Happy Birthday, Jesus Day!

A Night in Bethlehem
Bring your family and friends to the First Baptist Church and walk through the streets of Bethlehem, experience the first Christmas and have your photo taken with Bethlehem in the background! “A night in Bethlehem” tours will go on December 8-10, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 PM. This event is a special, free gift for everyone. First Baptist Church, 200 South Walker St., Cobden, Illinois.

Who is Saint Nicholas?
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was named Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. Through the centuries St. Nicholas has continued to be venerated by Catholics and Orthodox and honored by Protestants. By his example of generosity to those in need, especially children, St. Nicholas continues to be a model for the compassionate life. For the rest of the story, please check online at www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/ .

Christmas Country Church Tour Announcement
The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Saint Mary’s of the Barrens Church) in Perryville, Missouri, will again be on the Christmas Country Church Tour along with 31 other churches and chapels. The tour will take place on December 14 and 15, from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM. All of the churches welcome visitors to view their Christmas decorations and to spend a few minutes in silent prayer during the Advent season. A tree will be decorated with paper garland made of prayer petitions from local students. Here live music on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Friday. Light refreshments will be served in the Visitor Center where you can also view unique Nativity sets on display. If you have any questions, please call the Association of the Miraculous Medal at 1-800-264-6279, or visit our website at www.amm.org . We hope you will plan to visit us!

Second Sunday of Advent – December 9-10, 2017 – Until Christ returns
Who shall we be and what shall we do all while awaiting the Second Coming? Surely not standing around being idle. No – at work! The Bible readings early in Advent urge us to be at these works:  giving comfort, straightening out pathways (both figurative and real), repenting, living without spot or blemish. Saint Paul asks, what sort of person ought I be? How does my life point the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? What act of mercy will I do this week?

Thoughts on the Liturgy
December 10 – It has been several centuries since the Israelites had seen a prophet. Onto the scene comes John the Baptist, dressed like the prophet Elijah. Most of our Gospel reading this liturgical year come from St. Mark. Mark in his opening paragraphs begins by quoting Isaiah. The baptism administered by John is a public ritual indicating sorrow for sin. It is not the baptism of Christianity which is done in the name of the Trinity.

On the Lighter Side…Hilarious Signs
“I am a social vegan. I avoid meet.”

of Treasure

November 26, 2017
General Fund:  $3, 016.00
Building Fund:  $10.00
Cemetery Fund:  $75.00

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

Saints Of The Church
St. Josaphat Uncivil (1584-1623):  Basilian monk; b. Poland; archbishop of Polotsk, Lithuania; worked for reunion of separated eastern Christians with Rome; martyred by mob of schismatics; canonized 1867; November 12

What’s That?
Symbols of a Bishop
Coat of Arms
A bishop’s coat of arms is distinguished by a sign of his rank. That sign, placed over the shield, is a particular version of an ecclesiastical hat that was worn in processions, as late as 1870. The hat is low-crowned, flat and wide-brimmed. On a bishop’s coat of arms, the hat is green and hanging from it are 12 tassels, six on each side. There is also a processional cross above the shield. The cross on a bishop’s coat of arms has one bar; an archbishop’s cross has two. The design of the shield itself differs from bishop to bishop.

Offertory Gifts
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.