Today is Divine Mercy Sunday! Divine mercy Sunday is a very special Sunday when the Divine Floodgates from Heaven are wide-opened and Jesus offers us total forgiveness of sins and punishment to any soul who gives confession and receives Him in Holy Communion on that day. The “First Sunday after Easter” – which is designated in “The Liturgy of the Hours in the Celebration of the Eucharist” as the “Octave Day of Easter” – was officially called the Second Sunday of Easter after the liturgical reform of the Vatican II. Now, by the Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the name of this liturgical day has been changed to:  “Second Sunday of Easter, or of Divine Mercy.” Pope John Paul II made the surprise announcement of this change in his homily at the canonization of Sr. Faustina on April 30, 2000. There, he declared:  “it is an important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday.’ “By the words “the whole message,” the Holy Father was referring to the strict connection between the “Easter Mystery of the Redemption” – the suffering, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ, followed by the sending of the Holy Spirit -and this Feast of Divine Mercy, the Octave Day of Easter (divinemercysunday.com). Offer the novena and experience the Mercy of Jesus! To learn more about Divine Mercy with Saint Faustina and Pope Saint John Paul II (who established it this Feast), please check thedivinemercy.org .

Parish Calendar at a glance
April 23, 2017 (Sunday): Divine Mercy Sunday; 9:00 AM PSR Classes
April 25, 2017 (Tuesday):  7:15 PM Adult Bible Study Class on letters of Paul with Deacon Pat
April 30, 2017 (Sunday):  9:00 AM PSR Classes; One for the Cross Collection at all Masses
May 5, 2017 (Friday):  Eucharistic Adoration; 7:00 PM First Friday Mass and Benediction
May 7, 2017 (Sunday): First Communion

One for the Cross
There will be a second collection next Sunday, April 30, 2017 for the One for the Cross during the Masses.  “Every dollar for Every Member of Every Church” in our area will be of tremendous support to the very visible sign of Christian belief, the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, in Alto Pass.  Let us donate $1 for every St. Joseph parishioner for the continuing restoration of this special monument in our county.  Every dollar counts!

CRS Rice Bowl
There is still time to donate to CRS Rice Bowl (as well as CSMA and/or Food Pantry donation) to feed the hungry in the world – thank you! When you are done, please return the extra boxes back to the Church in the next weeks.  As always, your gift of time and prayers are most valuable and greatly needed. You can turn in your Rice Bowl money to Father Uriel or Jill Skinner any time.

Celebrating the Sacraments
Please pray for our PSR Students who are working on receiving their First Communion on May 7, 2017:  Valeria Amborcio, Daisy Amezquita, Melisa Carmona, Brisa Caldron, Morgan Cerny, Jimena Flores, Yasmin Flores, Or Orlando Juarez, Jesus Salva Madrigal Duran, Guadalupe Munuz, Jennie Murillo Lopez, Ana Karen Olvera, Eugenio Olvera, Ana Cristina Rafael, Joselin Sanchez, Jaron Taliseo, Javier Valdez, Elisa Vicente, Samantha Vicente, Dominic Xoxotla, Guadalupe Zamora, Zonia Zamora, Lizbeth Zamora, Jesse Carmona, Mariana Fabian, Maria Martinez, Wendy Olvera, Lizbeth Queripa, Vanessa Rafael, Ashley Tehandon, Salvador Tehandon, And Aleshia Wright.  Also include in your prayers their families, teachers and all who are helping to prepare for this special sacrament and those who will continue to help their faith grow in the future.

May Procession
Please join the Association of the Miraculous Medal on Sunday, May 7, at 3:30 PM, for our annual May procession at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Perryville, Missouri. The procession will form in front of St. Mary’s of the Barrens Church. The rosary will be recited as the procession proceeds to the grotto.  The traditional May crowning and prayer service will be a part of the devotion. All are welcome to take part in this devotion to our Blessed Mother. Transportation will be available for those unable to walk in the procession. For any questions, please call 1-800-264-6279, or visit our website www.amm.org .

Vocation Corner
In today’s Gospel, we hear Thomas making the most complete affirmation of Christ’s nature to be found on the lips of anyone in the Gospel, “My Lord and my God”. Just as Jesus strengthened Thomas’ faith, He wants to renew faith in following our own vocation. We need to be diligent and invite others to consider a life of service – a life of being a priest or religious.

Did we (or will we) Miss Your Birthday or Anniversary?
The Parish will be recognizing birthday and anniversary celebrants either next Sunday or the following 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
April 24 – It’s the feast of Saint Fidelis Sigmaringen, who was nicknamed “the poor man’s lawyer.” Would YOU like to be a lawyer someday? Why? If you COULD be a lawyer or judge, what would you do to help the poor?

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Penny, O Lord!
We keep in our prayers Penny South, who recently passed away in our rest in the arms of our Lord.  And to her 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.

Can’t Get To Mass?
If anyone needs a ride to attend Masses at St. Joseph, Please contact us at help@stjosephcobden.com or Call Becky Morgan at 618-697-0500.

From the Diocese:  Respect Life Corner
Easter Joy
– This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad! The darkness of winter is gone and the gloom of Good Friday is behind us. Today is a wonderful day to celebrate Christ’s love for us.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: Let us go forth today with a song in our hearts. After you leave mass to you ever have a few lines of a hymn that stick with you the rest of the day? The song resonates in your heart so much that you want to sing it or carry the tune in your heart the rest of the day. That’s joy! Let’s share it! Share joy with everyone you encounter today – smile, be happy, greet strangers, go out of your way to be nice to people. Slow down. Appreciate the small moments of joy today, and then share it with others.

From the Diocese: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord:  Treasuring our Ancient History.
Continue to treasure all week the First Reading – Acts of the Apostles 2:  42-47 [www.usccb.org/bible/readings/042317.cfm]. It lays out the four pillars of Christian life, the four treasured ways of being in Christ in the world:  (1) absorbing the teaching of the apostles and the catechesis, (2) being community, (3) praying and celebrating the sacramental life, and (4) doing the works of charity and mercy. This is the beloved method of training and formation in the Christian life. We do it with catechumens because we do it with ourselves week by week, season by season, year by liturgical year. This is how we stay faithful. What do I want to learn or relearn? Who needs me to be with them? What can I take to prayer? Who can I serve?

Thoughts on Liturgy
April 23 – An essential question of every religion is how to get sins forgiven. All people are sinners. No one can get to heaven weighed down with unforgiving sins on their souls. The ancient Jews had a ritual in which the people confessed their sins and then the priests held their hands over a goat, called the scapegoat, symbolically laying on it the people’s sins. The goat was driven out into the wilderness, away from the people, while another animal was offered in sacrifice. In our Gospel reading today, Jesus gives the Church the authority to forgive (or not forgive) sins. Our Gospel Reading is about the forgiveness of sins. It is no wonder that St. Pope John Paul II wanted this Sunday to be called divine mercy Sunday.
From the Pray Together Missal, page 2.

On the Lighter Side…
The town’s big Catholic cathedral was having some extensive repair work done on its upper floors.
To get material up and down, workers rigged something called a “cage elevator”. A characteristic of these elevators is that the cage must be closed manually before it can be called to another floor.
On a recent afternoon one of the workers, Peter by name, took the elevator to the top floor and forgot to close the gate.
Unfortunately, the elevator was needed back on the first floor.
The cathedral’s rector was walking by and decide to help.
That’s when visitors to the cathedral were treated to the sight of the rector of the cathedral shouting up to the heavens:  “Peter! PLEASE CLOSE THE GATE!”

“There is nothing more man needs than Divine Mercy – that love which is benevolent, which is compassionate, which raises man above his weakness to the infinite heights to the holiness of God.”
– Saint Pope John Paul II at the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Kraków, Poland on June 7, 1997

of Treasure
For April 16, 2017:
General Fund:  $2, 884.39
Building Fund:  $50.00
Holy Land:  $340.72

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

Saints of the Church


St. Joan Antida Thouret (1765-1826):   French Religious; founded, 1799, congregation now known as Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida. Canonized 1934; August 24.

What’s That?  The Altar

The Altar:  the sacred table on which the sacrifice of the Mass offered to God;
the table from which the faithful receive the Blessed Sacrament.

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.

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100_0085Mass 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.