The Jesse Tree

The Jesse tree is an Advent tradition whose purpose is to help us remember the events leading up to the coming of Jesus. All through the Old Testament, God’s love and mercy are visible in the stories of the prophets. Everyone is invited to make an ornament depicting the Old Testament stories. Ornaments may be added to the tree before or after any mass during Advent. You are invited to borrow a Children’s Bible (available in the back of church) to refresh your memory and/or give you the opportunity to read the stories you may have missed. If you would like to keep the Bible, you may do so by giving Jill $8 to cover replacing it with another gently used Bible.

St. Joseph Pastoral Information
Pastor:  Father Uriel Salamanca         (618) 713-8257           fr.uriel.salamanca@gmail.com
Deacon:  Pat Patterson                       (618) 893-2154           pat@pattersoncentral.com
Trustees:  Rick Flamm                         (618) 893-4953  Richard.flamm@hillmangroup.com         Karl Sweitzer, Jr.                                  (618) 697-4754           karl_sweitzer@Hotmail.com         
Parish Council:  Joe Pineau                 (618) 697-6795           4jope4@gmail.com             Liturgy:  Paulette Aronson                  (618) 893-2882           artteacher37@hotmail.com            PSR:  Jill Skinner                               (618) 893-2289           skinnerstudiosjillgeof@gmail.com
Ladies Sodality:  Debbie Russell        (618) 521-1062          debrarussell@jalc.edu               Sherry Haddick                                  (618) 559-4347          sherryhaddick@yahoo.com             Cemetery:          Gary Wiggs              (618) 967-7116          garydwiggs@gmail.com             Cobden K of C:   Joe Pineau              (618) 697-6795         4jope4@gmail.com

Parish Calendar at a Glance
December 9 (Sunday): Second Sunday of Advent; 8:45 AM PSR Classes
December 11 (Tuesday): 7:15 PM Movie Bible Study Night with Deacon Pat
December 12 (Wednesday): 7:00 PM Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass at St. Francis Xavier
December 16 (Sunday): Third Sunday of Advent; 8:45 AM PSR Classes
December 18 (Tuesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
December 23 (Sunday): No PSR Classes; 11:15 AM Church Decorating (with light lunch)
December 24 (Monday): Christmas Eve; 5:00 PM Mass at St. Mary (Anna) 12:00 AM Midnight Mass at St. Joseph
December 25 (Tuesday): Christmas Day; 8:00 AM Mass at St. Mary; 10 AM Mass at St. Joseph; 12:15 PM Spanish Mass at St. Francis

Need a Movie Night? Come and join Deacon Pat this Tuesday at 7 PM here at St. Joseph for Oh, God! Starting George Burns and John Denver. Popcorn and laughs guaranteed. Join us!

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN? What does the church celebrate during Advent? Advent (ad-venio in Latin or “to come to”) is a time of waiting, expectation, and preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ, the world’s savior, on Christmas Day. Advent is the beginning of the church’s liturgical year and is comprised of the four Sundays before Christmas culminating on Christmas Eve and marked by special seasonal devotions. Advent is also known as “little Lent” and is a time of penance and fasting in preparation for the coming of Christ. During Advent we are called to prepare for the birth of Christ into the world, his final coming at the end of the world, and His coming into our hearts today. (catholiccompany.com)

All are invited to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day celebration this Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the St. Francis Xavier Church. There will be a mass at 7:00 PM to be followed with food, music and fellowship. Let us come together in honor of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe!

Thank You to everyone who helped make this year’s Christmas Bazaar and Soup Lunch successful: our Bazaar and raffle donors, the Bazaar and kitchen volunteers and all who came out to support this event. We had many delicious food items donated, as well as lovely craft items. This year’s Bazaar and Lunch netted the sodality $1, 861.85 – without your generosity and support, we couldn’t do as well. The Raffle winners are: Large quilt – Dan Brumleve, Baby quilt – Joe Pineau, Marilyn Boysen jewelry sets – Jeannie Britt, Billie Porter, Sherry Haddick, Heather Wright jewelry set – Sherry Haddick, Paulette Aronson art pieces – Liv Cerny, Sherry Haddick, Ceramic Nativity – Jean Cash, Wooden Nativity – Sonny Basler, Wood Cross – Mike Eck, Kroger gift card – Betty Cerny, Family Fun Pack – Mike Eck. God bless you all!

Tidbits: PSR and bad weather. Please use your good judgment about traveling if the roads are slippery. Emails will be sent to all PSR families who have provided an email address. Reflection Booklets are available for daily inspirational readings this Advent! Don’t forget to pick yours up. Make and place an Ornament for our Jesse Tree. Donate gently-used or new coats and blankets for all ages to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Belleville Council. Items can be dropped off at the St. Vincent de Paul office (#13 Vieux Carre Drive, Suite 2, East St. Louis) or call Joe Hubbard or Pat Hogrebe at 618-394-0126.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Laura, Shirley and a Harry, O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon them! We keep in our prayers Sherry Haddick’s sister Laura bacon, Sonny Basler’s wife, Shirley, and Heather Wright’s grandfather, Harry Johnson, who 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.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Saint Mary’s of the Barrens Church) in Perryville, MO, will again be participating in the Christmas Country Church Tour along with 32 other churches and chapels on December 13 and 14, from 2:00-9:00 PM. The participating churches will welcome Visitors to view their Christmas decorations and to spend time in silent prayer during Advent. A tree will be decorated with paper garland – prayer petitions from local students. Hear live music on both nights. Light refreshments will be served in the Visitors Center where unique Nativity sets will be on display. For questions, please call the Association of the Miraculous Medal at 1-800-264-6279, or visit www.amm.org .

God Nod One Liners: Give God What’s Right – Not What’s Left.

Stewardship of Treasure
December 2, 2018

Offering:   $1, 530.00
General Fund:   $1, 530.00
Cemetery Fund:  $60.00
Building Fund:  $264.00

Thank you for your continued
support of St. Joseph’s Church

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)967-4452.