“In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.” (usccb.org)

Celebrating the Sacraments
Blessings from the St. Joseph Church Family to the fifty (50) St. Joseph, St. Mary, and St. Francis Xavier Confirmandi who receive the sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Braxton yesterday, April 21. Our St. Joseph newly-Confirmed are: Olivia Brumleve, Bryan Calderon, Lucero Carmona, Santiago Carmona, Liv Cerny, Jaden Ebberts, Noel Fabian, Cooper Flamm, Edwin Funes, Romeo Godinez, Maria Hernandez, Mackenzie Howell, Lucia Leyva-Thomas Giselle Martinez, Itzel Miranda, Leslie Morales, Jonathan Munoz, Isidore Murillo, Georgia Rafael, Selena Rafael, Anna Rogers, Luis Saavedra, Cindy Tehandon, Martin Vaca, Manuel Vicente, Maria Vicente, Sipriano Zamora, Marisol Zamora, Melisio Zamora and Noe Zamora. We also thank their families, teachers and all who have helped to prepare them for this special Sacrament, those who will continue to help their faith grow in the future and those who assisted in any capacity in the confirmation mass and celebration. May you continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Mission Statement
The Catholic community of St. Joseph’s Parish in Cobden, Illinois is a family of believers united in faith and heritage. Through Jesus Christ and the gospel message, with Saint Joseph as our patron, we commit ourselves to the values of family and the work of the church. We cherish our traditions and pray that their importance will be reflected in our community as we grow in the Catholic faith and share in the message of Christ.

Parish Calendar at a Glance
April 22 (Sunday): 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 3:00 PM World Day of Prayer for Vocations
April 24 (Tuesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
April 28 (Saturday): K of C Golf Scramble (Union County Country Club)
April 29 (Sunday): 9:00 AM PSR Classes
May 1 (Tuesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
May 4 (Friday): Eucharistic Adoration; 7:00 PM First Friday Mass and Benediction
May 6 (Sunday): 9:00 AM Last PSR Classes (except for older First Communion class)
May 9 (Wednesday): 6:00 PM St. Joseph Mother’s Day Dinner
May 10 (Thursday): Ascension of the Lord; 6:30 PM K of C Anna Meeting
May 13 (Sunday): Mother’s Day; 9:00 AM First Communion Class/practice
May 17 (Thursday): 7:00 PM St. Joseph Bowling Night
May 20 (Sunday): Pentecost Sunday; First Communion

There will be a second collection for One For The Cross at all Masses today. “Every Dollar for Every Member of Every Church” in our area will be a tremendous support to the very visible sign of Christian belief, the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, in Alto Pass. Calling all St. Joseph parishioners to donate $1 each for the continuing restoration of this special monument in our County! Every dollar counts!

Today, April 22, is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Catholics around the world will be praying for vocations. In our diocese, this special prayer will take the form of a Holy Hour at 3:00 PM in 16 parishes. If you are able, please know all are welcome to join in prayer at the following parishes: St. Bernard, Albers; St. Mary, Anna; St. Mary, Belleville; St. Dominic, Breese; St. Mary, Carlyle; St. Stephen, Caseyville; St. Francis Xavier, Carbondale; St. Mary, Chester; St. Andrew, Christopher; Holy Trinity, Fairview Heights; St. Joseph, Freeburg; St. Augustine, Hecker; St. St. Mary, Mount Vernon; St. Ann, Nashville; St. Clare, O Fallon and St. Rose of Lima, St. Rose. If you cannot attend at one of these parishes, you can pray in your own home at 3:00 PM to join your voice with others for this most important cause.

St. Joseph Church would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for the donation of canned goods to the Food Pantry from the St. Mary Church K of C Fish Fry Dinner proceeds. Thank you, Knights! Other K of C news: The Knights will be holding a Golf Scramble on April 28th at the Union County Country Club. Registration begins at noon, with a 1:00 PM tee-off time. The cost is $70/person, or $280/team. Please pre-register by contacting Ryan Hannan at zrhannan@gmail.com or Doug Vaughn at (618) 697-8185. The Knights will also be awarding a $500 Scholarship for a graduating senior who plans to continue his or her education. The applicant MUST be a parishioner of St. Joseph Church. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2018. Applications are available in the back of Church.

From the Diocese: Respect Life Corner: Easter Sunday and the six weeks that follow, including Pentecost Sunday, continue Easter Time in the Church Year. This is an important time for Christians to reflect on and enjoy the reminder that victory over death is possible – possible only because of, and through, Christ. We live in a society that glorifies death in the practices of abortion and the death penalty, but perhaps even more dangerously glorifies spiritual death. With so much to distract us from God, we clearly face an uphill battle in building a culture that respects life – life in Christ. We face challenges in promoting a respect for life. Because of Christ’s conquering death on the first Easter Sunday, we have tremendous hope that a culture of life as possible. Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: Research the Virtue of Hope. How can families, parishes, neighborhoods, etc. live a life of hope? What is one hopeful change that could be made? Interact with another family or group and make a change that displays HOPE. Pray for the ability to live a life of hope. Still shepherding: it is not uncommon to sing Psalm 23 at funerals. We sing it today at Mass. Our Shepherd leads, protects, feeds. Not only with the dead and the grieving, but with each of us and all of us – loved as beloved children, sheep of the flock. Every day. Always. To what and to whom is the shepherd leading me this week? How will I share Christ’s love? Whom can I protect and feed?

As we hold Mother Mary dear in our lives, so do we honor our very own Mothers on Sunday, May 13, 2018. All Moms, ladies and girls are invited to come and join St. Joseph for a special Mother’s Day Dinner on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 here at the parish Hall. Social/appetizers begin at 6:30 PM with dinner to follow. This day will be for YOU, MOM! Let us thank YOU from the bottom of our hearts. Men, helpful will be needed and appreciated for this event beginning the afternoon until clean-up. For more information, please contact Tom Cerny (618) 697-6225.

On the Lighter Side…So you think you know everything? A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

of Treasure

April 15, 2018

Offering:  $2, 062.00
For the Needy:  $70.00
General Fund:  $2, 132.00

Thank you for supporting St. Joseph!

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.