Parish Calendar at a Glance
September 18 (Sunday):  Retired Deacon Priests Collection at all Masses; 9:00 AM PSR Classes
September 21 (Wednesday):  6:30 PM Ladies Sodality Meeting
7:00 PM Adult Class on the Gospel of Mark with Deacon Pat
September 25 (Sunday): PSR Teacher Commissioning at all Masses.
October 1 (Saturday): 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Cobden Community Yard Sale

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Ed, O Lord!
We keep in our prayers Edwin Flamm, who recently passed away and now rests in the arms of our Lord.  And to his 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.

Ecumenical Prayer Service for Sarah
Thank you for your presence at the Ecumenical Prayer Service for Sarah Russell Mann last Friday.  Sarah has been battling cancer and will have surgery on October 10, 2016.  We encourage everyone to keep her and her family in your prayers.  Sarah has a personal blog online and you can read about the trials and triumphs of her inspiring journey at smilingwithsarah.com .  You may also extend help to the family by clicking on the donate button.  Our thoughts and hopeful wishes go out to the entire JP Russell Family.  We are praying for you, Sarah!

Retired Diocesan Priests Collection Today, September 18
On both ordinary and extraordinary days, our priests have been there for us… at baptism, weddings, First Communion and Confirmation, at times of sickness and sorrow…dedicating their lives to bring us closer Christ.  Now it is our turn to be there for them during their retirement years through a gift to the Retired Diocesan Priests Collection.  All funds will be used only for long-term nursing care, Medicare supplemental insurance and prescription medications for our retired diocesan priests.  Show your appreciation to the priests who have walked with you on your life’s journey with a generous gift to this special collection.  Note:  Our diocesan priests do not receive any funding from the Retirement Fund for Religious collection which is held in December. Show your appreciation with a generous gift today  — September 17-18.  Envelopes can be found at the back of the church.  Also, if you have not done so, please consider a donation toward the Catholic Charities Louisiana Flood Relief efforts.  Thank you so much!

Parish School of Religion


Welcome back, students!  PSR classes have begun and are held from 9:00 to 10:05 AM at the Casa.  For those who have not signed up, it is not too late to join – please contact Jill Skinner for any questions or help with the forms.  God bless the teachers and youth, with the prayers of the St. Joseph family, as they begin this new PSR year to learn more about our Catholic faith.

PSR Teachers Commissioning
Commissioning of the PSR Teachers will be done at all Masses next Sunday, September 25.  We are grateful to those who wholeheartedly give their time for this important ministry for our youth.  Our prayers and thanks go out to our teachers, who, with admirable dedication, build on what we share to our children at home as their first instructors of faith and to our Parish who, together act as role models for our young.  God bless you!

St. Joseph Church Yard Sale
The Church is in the planning process for the October 1 Yard Sale (8:00 AM-5:00 PM) and are needing volunteers and yard sale items to sell.   These charitable donations help with our Parish and can also be used as a tax deduction.   Fruit and vegetable donations are also needed for the “Farmers Market” style section.  There will be coffee and donuts as well as food and refreshments throughout the day. For more information, and to check the current inventory, please contact Carl, Molly or Fr. Uriel or email Carl at carld022@frontier.com .  Your participation, suggestions and input for this current event will be most welcome and appreciated!

Adult Education Class
The Adult Education Class on “Understanding the New Testament” continues here at St. Joseph every Wednesday at 7:00 PM.  Deacon Pat has just started on the gospel of Mark.  Come and avail of this great opportunity to learn more about our Catholic faith in the company of our parish family!

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

Respect Life Corner
The Fruit of Our Lives – We see the fruit of our lives in our children.  But our vocation to fruitfulness is greater than even this.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  Everything is called to generate new life in others and to proclaim the great hope of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Even if we cannot have children, our love is called to be fruitful in our work and rest, our family life, or adoration and mission.  All of us, whether our state in life, are called to spiritual parenthood.  Pray that we hear and recognize our own call.

“Not all of us can do great things.  But we can do small things with great love.”  – Mother Teresa

 365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
September 21- It’s the feast of St. Matthew, the tax collector!  Did you ever “collect” anything – postage stamps or pretty rocks or marbles or shells or rings or things?  In honor of St. Matthew, start some kind “collection” today!  Find a special box or shelf or corner where you can keep your collection and take it out from time to time to show your friends – because, you know, the very BEST thing you can collect is friends!

Recognition and Invitation
The St. Anne’s Altar Sodality would like to recognize the work of the women of the Parish with a small token of thanks for their participation in the activities and events which benefit our Church.  We invite all the ladies of the Parish to join us as we continue to sponsor both devotional and charitable work here at St. Joseph’s.  If you did not receive your St. Anne’s card last Sunday or if you are one of the two ladies who did not have a St. Anne’s medal in with your card, please see Paulette Aronson.

Mercy MomentNot enough.


A personal relationship with God is important. But it is not enough.  Not if we listen well to the spoken Word of God.  From Amos and the People of the Old Testament, we learn this:  do not be greedy, do not cheat, do not beat down on the poor.  From Luke, we learn this:  own your possessions and use them for good. Do not let them own you.  Do not – because we are mere stewards of what belongs to one another.  It really all belongs to God the creator of all.  If I look at all I have, what can I give away?  How will I serve God by serving others?  This week, I will _____________.

Kroger Update
From Kroger:  Your supporters (31 households) who shopped at Kroger between 6-1-2016 and 8-31-2016 (Cycle 2, Qtr 4) have contributed to your $242.57 total donation.  Your organization will be receiving a Kroger check in this amount within 30 days from 9-15-2016.  If you have any questions, please email KCR24@kroger.com or visit our website www.krogercommunityrewards.com .  Thank you for all your continued support of our local Kroger store.

Priesthood Sunday
In observance of Priesthood Sunday, The Messenger, the Belleville Diocesan Catholic newspaper, will publish a special section in the October 20 issue to recognize all of our priests:  active and retired, pastors, administrators, associate pastors and sacramental ministers.  This is your opportunity to tell us briefly some of their best qualities.  Please email your remarks to cathnews@bellevillemessenger.org, fax 618-235-9605 or mail to:  The Messenger, 2620 Lebanon Ave., Belleville, IL 62221.  Deadline to submit remarks on or before October 6.  AD INFORMATION:  if you would like to purchase an ad to honor your pastor/and/or sacramental minister, please contact Eric for more information:  advertising@bellevillemessenger.org or call 233-8760, fax:  628-235-9605.  Deadline for an ad is October 6.

Many Thanks!
St. Joseph Church would like to thank everyone who donated school supplies, backpacks and shoes for Liberia in honor of the work of the five Adorers of the Precious blood of Christ nuns who were martyred almost twenty-five years ago.  Thank you, also, to the Knights of Columbus for their generous donation to the Food Pantry.  The Pantry serves the needy within our community with supplements of edible goods, toiletries, household products and sundries.  Dried beans, rice and cooking oil are currently needed at the Pantry.

Coffee, Cupcakes and Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP
Join us Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 PM at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 2620 Lebanon Ave. in Belleville for an evening with Sr. Carla Mae Streeter, OP.  Her topic:  “Mercy Me!  But What About Justice?”  Tickets are $15 per person over by a table of seven for $105.  TICKET PRICE INCLUDES COFFEE AND CUPCAKES.  Call or email The Messenger to receive your tickets:  618-233-8670 cathnews@bellevillemessenger.org .

Worth Thinking About…
September 18 – When making up a parable, it is expected that the author will exaggerate wildly.  It makes the point hit home very firmly.  In today’s parable, Jesus says that a man owed 800 gallons of oil and the deceptive manager reduce it by 50 percent.  Another person owed 1, 000 bushels of wheat and it gets reduced by 20 percent.  Jesus is not recommending cheating.  He is pointing out how shrewd worldly people can be and that people striving for holiness should be even shrewder in spiritual matters.
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 1.

On the Lighter Side…
A father was reading Bible stories to his young son:  “Lot was warned to take his wife and flee from the city, but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.”
The son asked, “But what happened to the flea?”

of Treasure
For September 11, 2016:
General Fund:  $1, 462.22
Building Fund:  $51.00
Cemetery Fund:  $50.00
Defray Staff Salaries:  $5.00
Assumption of Mary:  $5.00
Louisiana Flood Relief:  $448.00

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

Saints of the Church
St. Frederick (d. 1121):  Bishop of Liege, Belgium, believed poisoned by the count of Louvain; May 27.

What’s That? Sodality


1)Fellowship; companionship
2)an association or brotherhood
3)In the Roman Catholic church, a lay society formed from devotional or charitable activity

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 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.