The Parish Calendar at a Glance
October 15 (Sunday): 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 3:00 PM Pizza and Conversation Youth Event (Parish Hall); 6:00 PM Confirmation Class
October 17 (Tuesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
October 22 (Sunday): 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 6:00 PM Confirmation Class

Pizza and Conversation Today!
Welcoming all Youth, ages 10-17! Come to the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall for Pizza and Conversation next Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00 PM. Bring a friend, make new friends, come for pizza, get to know our Faith better and have a great time! This fun event is sponsored by the Hispanic Ministry (Belleville Diocese) for the youth in our area. Please let Father Uriel, Carmelita Machicao or Jill Skinner know if you are coming. See you there!

October and the Rosary

October is the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary! It is a good time to commit to praying the rosary everyday. We honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially on this 100th anniversary of the apparition at Fatima, as we say our prayers for our loved ones, the Church and the world, especially those who have been affected by the Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the wildfires in California. The Bead is on!

Special Collections
St. Joseph would like to extend special thanks to all who gave so generously these past Sundays for the Harvey (Texas), Irma (Florida) and Maria (Puerto Rico) Flood Relief Efforts. Your gift of giving will be a blessing to so many in need. Thank you!

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal…Join us as Partners in Hope
At Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School – the only remaining Catholic elementary school in East St. Louis – 100% of the students graduate from high school and 95% attend colleges and universities! Your support of The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal helps to make this possible. If you have not already done so, please consider making a gift today. The youngsters at Sister Thea Bowman are counting on you. Thank you very much.

From the Diocese: Special Collection Proceeds – Thank You!
A special thank you to all those who contributed to the Peter’s Pence collection. While collection donations have not yet been received from all parishes, total proceeds from our Belleville Diocese as of October 1 are $39,963.45. Thank you again for your support.

St. Joseph and Kroger
St. Joseph’s is listed in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program. If you register at www.kroger.com/community rewards, Kroger will donate a percentage of your grocery purchase amount back to the Parish. In past years, August 1 began the re-enrollment period. Effective immediately all participants will roll over and stay enrolled in their organization instead of having to re-enroll each year. Enrollment for NEW participants will work the same way as the past. You can sign up on www.kroger.com or call 1-800-KROGERS, option 3. The enrollment number for St. Joseph is #96558. Thank you for shopping at our local Kroger and helping St. Joseph Church at the same time! For questions, please call Paulette Aronson at (618) 893-2882.

Work at Church
Repair work will be ongoing here at St. Joseph but the church entrances are open. Thank you for your patience.

Creighton Fertility Care Classes
Looking for a hormone-free, ethical system for planning your family or managing common women’s health issues (PMS, PCOS, difficulty conceiving, etc)? Join me for a FREE Intro Session to Creighton Model FertilityCare (www.fertilitycare.org) Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:00 PM at OLMC Cabrini Hall. Please pre-register by emailing melissa.fertilitycare@gmail.com . If you have any questions, please email Melissa at melissa.fertilitycare@gmail.com or call her at 618-967-3998. For more information, please check www.fertilitycare.org .

“My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady of Fatima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God.” – Sr. Lucia, one of the seers of Fatima.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
October 16 – it’s the feast of Saint Gerard Majella, a say to always had to complete trust in God. When he was twelve years old, Gerard had to leave school and go to work. He had many hardships in his life, but he always trusted God to take care of him – and God always did. One time when he was working as a houseboy, Gerard accidentally dropped the key to the house down a steep well. This was a big problem, but Saint Gerard thought of a simple solution. He took a statue of the Baby Jesus, tied a rope to it, and dropped it into the well. Then he said a prayer for God to help him. When he pulled back up, the house key was in the hand of the statue! Remember St. Gerard and always trust in God.

Respect Life Corner
Be Not Afraid – Race Relations in the United States – The present racial tension in the United States is not something new. It is the most recent manifestation of a relationship as old as the history our nation, one marred by the tragedy of human slavery.

Learn, Act, Connect, Pray – Promoting peace and reconciliation is the only way forward. And we must constantly strive to achieve these goals, trusting in the Lord to lead and guide us, accompanied by his merciful love. Pray that God may help all of us to recognize the dignity inherent in every human being and pray for peace and healing among all people.

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – Party guests.
Prophet Isaiah paints a picture of a grand party on God’s mountain. It is a feast with rich food and choice wines. St. Matthew tells the story of a splendid wedding feast with invited guests who rudely decline and refuse to come. They are replaced with everyone off the street – good and bad alike. But good or bad at first, each must wear the wedding garment, that is, put on the baptismal garment who is Christ. Who will I not ignore today? How can I not let my important business get in the way of attending God’s business? I will “live in Christ” today by__________________.

Coffee and Donuts
Having coffee and donuts more than just hit the spot, it gives us a chance to spend a few relaxing and savory moments to get to know and catch up with YOU, our fellow parishioners! Come to the Hall after the Masses and grab a donut or two with your drink. The Parish would love to share this time with you. Everyone is welcome!


Thoughts on the liturgy
October 15 – The first reading and the Gospel reading are more about heaven which is pictured as a banquet. There is no way that we can picture heaven, so the scripture uses the image of a banquet. The Gospel reading is about some invited guests accepting and some rejecting the invitation. We realize that usually there is no cheap way of going to the banquet. One must have the proper attire. God provides the attire but we must put it on. The wedding garment for being accepted at the table banquet of heaven is sanctifying grace.

On the Lighter Side…
One day Jesus’ secretary came into his office in heaven and said, “Sir, you should take some time off from all your work. Get out and meet your people. Have a good time.”
That seemed like a good idea, so Jesus walked down the golden streets, shaking hands and signing autographs. Along a side street, he heard the sounds of hammering and sawing and spotted sawdust drifting from a little shop. Inside he found a bearded carpenter working so hard that drops of perspiration were running down his face and mixing with the sawdust.
Jesus said to the man, “Why are you working so hard? Rest and enjoy yourself.” The old man said, “Oh, no, please let me continue. You see, I had a son on earth whose birth was a miracle. But I haven’t been able to find him here yet. My son knew I was a carpenter, and I thought if he heard me working here he would find me.”
Jesus stared at the man, and his eyes started to mist.
The man stared back.
“Father?” Jesus asked.
“Pinocchio?” the man replied.

“The rosary is the Bible on a string.” – Fr. Ronan Murphy

of Treasure
October 8, 2017
General Fund:  $2, 037.10
Hurricane Maria Relief:  $250.00
Building Fund:  $65.00
For the Needy:  $20.00

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

Saints Of The Church
St. John of Matha (1160-1213): French priest; founder of the Order of the most Holy Trinity, whose original purpose was the ransom of prisoners from the Muslims; February 8.

What’s That? The Lectionary

The book containing the biblical readings arranged for the celebration of Mass.

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.