The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


St. Joseph Christmas Party
We invite everyone to the Parish Christmas Party today at 6 PM, after the Spanish Mass. Father Uriel will play a few songs in Spanish and Jeanne Wacker will bring her Keyboard. There will be Christmas songs, a board game “Is the Pope Catholic?” and possibly, Ping-Pong. Snacks and drinks will be provided but we welcome finger foods to share. In the spirit of Christmas, come and join us!

Christmas Bazaar and Raffle
Thank you to all who came to this event and congratulations to the raffle winners! Your support to the Ladies’ Sodality, The Ann Altar Society and their activities is much appreciated and has greatly contributed to the success of the Bazaar. Also, A Thank You to Laura Mueller for Her Help in Contributing to the Bake Sale. The Raffle Garnered $764, This Soup Lunch, $395 and the Bazaar Items, $1574.50.

Felicidades Fr. Uriel!

Congratulations to our very own Father Uriel, who will be celebrating his 27th year as an ordained priest this coming December 5! St. Joseph’s is thankful for the blessing of your presence, guidance and friendship here. We are proud of you, Father!

Many Thanks
Thank you to Stan Pearson and Carmelita Machicao for completing their duties as Parish Council Members. We appreciate the time, input and dedication you have given to this ministry in service of our parish. God bless you!

Christmas Concert
The Cobden High School will be having a Christmas concert on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM. It is directed by our own Dan Cirillo, who has been working at school as the Music and Band teacher. We are proud of you, Dan! All are welcome to enjoy the music of Christmas performed by Cobden youth.

Volunteers Needed!!!
We Will Soon Be Celebrating the Anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the World! The Parish is needing volunteers to serve as altar servers, lectors, gifts bearers, and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist for Midnight, Christmas, and New Year’s Day Masses. Please sign up soon for this very important service.

Jesse Tree
Please continue to bring your beautiful ornaments for our Jesse Tree! Suggestions for the ornaments include: traditional Christian symbols; symbols depicting Old or New Testament people or events; may me in 2 or3 dimensional designs; size no larger than 6 inches; use color sparingly, gold and purple may be used as trim and white to symbolize purity. Aquinas and More states, “The Jesse Tree tradition provides a wonderful teaching opportunity; it is a perfect way to teach and remind children about the preparatory nature of Advent.” The look forward to seeing ornaments that reflect this story and history of Jesus! You may place your ornaments on the tree before and after any Mass during Advent.

Respect Life Corner
Love is Our Life Mission — “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captive.” God’s love is our life mission. If we choose to embrace this mission, we will have a new perspective on many issues. This may also mean that we will sometimes live as minorities, with different values from our surrounding secular culture.

Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  If we understand that love is our mission then we have learned that a basic truth that will shape many other areas of life. Pray for the ability to see clearly the path to take when situations arise that are contrary to our beliefs as Catholics.

From the Diocese of Belleville
On December 13-14, our parishes will be conducting the Retirement Fund for Religious collection. This annual appeal benefits some 35,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious older priests—women and men who have consecrated their lives to serving God and the Church.
The Retirement Fund for Religious offers us an opportunity to support elder religious in this phase of their journeys. While many continue in some form of ministry, others are frail and need assistance. Your gift provides vital funding for medication, nursing care and more. It also helps religious congregations implement long-term retirement strategies that ensure both quality eldercare and continued service to the People of God.
Your gift to today’s collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious provides vital support for the retirement needs of senior sisters, brothers and religious order priests. It also helps ensure that younger members can continue the good work of their elders! Please give generously.

Diocesan Communication Information on Parish Website

Communications from the Diocese can be found on the parish website, . Take a few minutes to explore our wonderful website and then click on the link “Diocesan Monthly Mailing” to see new information from the Diocese.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
Do you know what the third theme for advent is? It’s HOPE. Think about that today. What is hope? Well it’s like a little electric light inside your head that keeps brightening your view of the world, telling you that things are good now and will get even better! Hope is like the purr of a kitty cat or the warmth of a soft sweater that makes you feel cozy and tells you everything will be all right. Hope is God.

Please Consider
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Worth Thinking About…
Some Jews at the time of John the Baptist thought that the prophet Elijah would come again to make the final preparations for the coming of the Messiah. Some people thought further Elijah had to come back to earth to die, since his departure from earth was being whisked to heaven in a fiery chariot. Our Catholic ritual for today gives us a slight change, that of rose vestments and a pink candle at the Advent wreath. We are just past the middle of Advent.
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 1.

On the Lighter Side…
Why didn’t Noah go fishing? He only had two worms.
Who was the fastest runner in the race?

From the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Diocese of Belleville

Dear friends:
We are requesting your help once again on behalf of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Belleville Council

Winter is here — Cold Weather Apparel Needed!
Winter has arrived with a vengeance in this Society of St. Vincent de Paul desperately needs winter weather clothing to distribute to those in need. Gently-used or new coats, scarves, hats and gloves/mittens of all types in all sizes for all ages — toddlers, children, teens and adults, men and women — are being requested. Coats can be dropped off at St. Vincent de Paul to office located at #13 Vieux Carre Drive, Suite 2, East St. Louis (Loisel Village area, immediately off Route I 57) or call 618-394-0126 — Joel Hubbard-Extension 13 or Pat Hogrebe-Extension 12 — four additional information. Warm your heart by keeping someone warm — check your closets and donate today!

Special Request for Beds
The current economic climate has resulted in requests for assistance from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul doubling and tripling and right now SVDP has a desperate need for BEDS!! Many people are sleeping on the floor or have three or four children sharing one bed. If you have a bed you know longer need — twin, double, queen or king-size — please call 618-394-0126 extension 13-Joe Hubbard or extension 12-Pat Hogrebe to arrange for a pickup or for additional information. Other furniture and appliances in good working condition are also always needed. Please call Joe or Pat today if you can be of help. Thank you for caring!

Judy Phillips, 618-277-8181, Extension 1141
Office of Development, Catholic Diocese of Belleville
222 South Third Street, Belleville, IL 62220

of Treasure
For December 7:
General Fund: $1787.00
Parish Improvement: $315.00
Cemetery Maintenance: $62.00
Hall Rental: $50.00
Christmas Tithe/Needy: $8.00

Thank you to all
who give so generously
to support our parish

Saints of the Church
St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions (d. 18th-19th c.): Martyrs of Vietnam. Total of 117 included 96 Vietnamese, 11 Spanish and 10 French missionaries (8 bishops, 50 priests, including Andrew Dung-Lac; 1 seminarian, 58 lay persons). Canonized June 19, 1988; inscribed in General Roman Calendar 1989, as a memorial. November 24.

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 to Joe Pineau for putting it together and the regular updates.

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.


Father Uriel is available to hear Confessions on the first Friday of the month from 6 PM to 6:45 PM, on the First Saturday of the month from 8:30 AM 9:00 AM, before each Mass and Any time by appointment.

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Pastor: Father Uriel Salamanca Deacon: Rev. Patrick Patterson Trustees: Tom Masden, Karl Sweitzer, Jr. Parish Council President: Patty Blakely Parish Addresses, Phone Numbers, Internet Information Address: 101 North Centennial St., PO Box 237 , Cobden , IL 62920 . Phone numbers: St. Joseph Church 893-2276 Parish Hall 893-2368. Website address:

Bulletin Deadline

The deadline to submit an item for the bulletin is Thursday evening. You can email it to: and or text to 618-559-4347 and/or 618-967-4452. You can also call Sherry Haddick (618) 893-4638 or Luisa Vercide (618) 893-2296.