Vacation Bible School 2016:  Grace and Living the Sacraments
St. Joseph would like to invite you to experience VBS 2016 next week, July 25-29.  Adults and children, families and friends welcome!  Here is an overview of the 5-day event.
Monday, 6:30-8:30 PM Programs and activities for children and adults
Adult Program presented by Fr. Steven Beatty
Tuesday, 6:30-8:30 PM Programs and activities for children and adults
Adult Program presented by the Marion Medical Mission.
The Marion Medical Mission, based in Marion, IL, builds shallow wells in several countries in Africa.  A representative from MMM can be found on the wall in the hall and at www.mmmwater.org .
Wednesday 6:30 PM Dinner.  Everyone is invited.
Some of our children will present a short skit before the Market Place.
7:15 PM Marketplace.
Items produced for the Parable of the Talents will be for sale. This year, the booths will be manned by several people whose lives are dedicated to Service.  Among those scheduled to come to share their callings with us are several Sisters from the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.  More information about them and their many connections to that churches in Union County can be found on the wall in the hall.
Thursday, 6:30 PM Children gather to prepare for the Mass.
7:00 PM Mass
Friday, 6:00-7:50 PM Pool party at the Anna Pool.
Adults are invited and very much encouraged to participate in the opening and closing in the Hall.  Come, join this Parish-wide event and be a part of this wonderful Journey prepared for the whole family!

Parish Calendar at a Glance
July 17 (Sunday):  VBS Prep Help (All youth and parents invited)
July 20 (Wednesday):  7:00 PM Adult Class “New Testament” (all Parishioners invited)
July 24 (Sunday):  VBS Prep Help (All youth and parents invited)
July 25-29 (Monday-Friday):  2016 Vacation Bible School

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal… Bringing God’s mercy to those who need it most
Young people from parishes across the diocese renewed friendships, played together and prayed together at this year’s Diocesan Youth Conference. The event was sponsored by the Office of Youth Ministry  which is funded by the Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal.  Invest in our youth through your gift to this year’s Appeal – all contributions, in any amount, are appreciated!

 A Quilt For You!

Catherine Gibbs is donating a Quilt she and her sister made to be raffle to benefit the Yarumal Missions in Kenya.  Tickets will be available today at $ 5.00 each or 3 for $10.  The name of the lucky winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the VBS Marketplace.  Come, check out this quilt and help the people of Africa!  Please turn to the back of this bulletin for more information about VBS 2016.

VBS 2016
Help Needed:  We are looking for people willing to donate items for snacks Monday and Tuesday, and for the pool party on Friday.  If you are able to help with any of these things, there are sign-up sheets in the back of the church.  Thank you!

Summer Sunday Evenings
The youth of the Parish are invited to participate in the preparations for VBS 2016.  These will be done Sunday evenings (June 26 and July 10, 17, 24) at the Hall after the 5:00 PM Mass.  We are making things to sell at the Marketplace and preparing materials for the various activities.  Things needed:  4-ply yarn for Crafts.  All proceeds will go to the Yarumal Missionaries in Kenya, Africa.  Parents are encouraged to come as we will need extra adult hands to help prepare the things we make and to help with general supervision.

Parable Of The Talents Challenge
There are still envelopes available for adoption.  See Father Uriel or Jill.  All proceeds raised will go directly to the Yarumal Missionaries in Kenya, Africa.  Information about their missionary work in the Maralal Diocese in Kenya is attached to this bulletin.

VBS Drive
Another VBS Service will be the collection of new/gently used backpacks, shoes (sandals, gym or school shoes), textbooks and children’s school uniform shirts to be sent to Liberia in continuation of the work of the five Adorers of the Precious Blood of Christ nuns who were martyred almost twenty-five years ago.  A dollar donation would be a wonderful help to defray shipping costs for these items.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
July 20 – Do you know how to do the “moonwalk”?  The FIRST moonwalk was made on this day in 1969 at 9:56 PM (E.D.T.) when American astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped out of his spaceship and onto the surface the moon.  Do you know what he said?  “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  Think today about how the Earth is just one tiny speck in one galaxy of the great universe may by God.  Isn’t it wonderful to know that the God who made the moon and stars made you too – and knows you and loves you?

Mercy MomentI am amazed by this story

Abraham, sitting at this doorway under a tree, sees three strangers approach.  He runs to greet them.  He sees two of them bathing their tired dusty feet.  He sits them down under his tree.  He feeds them.  They engage in conversation.  The story is a little ambiguous, but Abraham comes to know them as someone(s) divine.  He responds with lavish hospitality.   Perhaps my mercy work this week is wrestling with the discipleship questions:
How will I greet and treat strangers?  How can I, who can I literally bathe or “bathe” with kindness?  Who will I feed dinner?

Respect Life Corner
Opening the Heart of Marriage – July 24-30 is Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week.  Any married couple can use NFP!  NFP education helps couples to fully understand their combined fertility, thereby helping them to either achieve or avoid a pregnancy.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  The key to the successful use of NFP is cooperation and communication between husband and wife–a shared commitment.  NFP is unique among methods of family planning because it enables its users to work with the body rather than against it.  Fertility is viewed as a reality to live, not a problem to be solved.  To learn more about NFP go to the diocesan natural family planning website at dps.diobelle.org/nfp or call Matt and Emily Joost, diocesan coordinators, at 277-8181 extension 1112.

Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross Blood Drive held last Wednesday at the Parish Hall went well with 29 successful collections!  St. Joseph would like to thank Patty Flamm for organizing the event, the volunteers who prepared the refreshments for donors, the Red Cross staff and most especially, the donors, whose blood will save lives today.  What a great service for our community!

Tours and Pilgrimages
If you are in the process of planning any day or weekend trips for the summer, the Association of the Miraculous Medal would like to invite you to make a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Perryville, Missouri, especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.  The Shrine Church has a designated “Holy Door” through which you can gain a Jubilee Year of Mercy indulgence.  A visit from you is always welcome.  We are located eighty miles south of St. Louis, Missouri, off interstate 55.  Be one of thousands of visitors each year who experience the spiritual and peaceful campus.  FREE Guided tours are available.  Many visitors repeatedly attest to the powerful impact the Shrine Church has on their faith.  For more information about the Shrine and planning a visit see our website www.amm.org/visit .

Volunteers Needed for Front Desk Receptionist:  Catholic Urban Programs
If you have considered volunteering your time for a very worthwhile cause, here is an excellent opportunity.  Due to an ever-increasing number of clients to be served, Catholic Urban Programs is seeking volunteers to work as a receptionist at the front desk in their East St. Louis Office which is located at #7 Vieux Carre Drive (Loisel Village area immediately off Route 157).  Office hours are 9 AM-12 Noon and 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Volunteers are needed for half-days (approximately four (4) hours) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday.  Duties would include:  answering phones; greeting people; assisting people with the applications and directing people to proper staff.  No experience is required; however, you must enjoy working with the public have a good people skills.  If you have a morning or afternoon or a day or two available volunteer, please call Gerry Hasenstab at 618-398-5616 extension 203, for additional information.

Worth Thinking About…
July 17 – People in the Middle East generally have a true spirit of hospitality.  We have examples in the first reading and the Gospel passage. Abraham offers water and food to strangers; in the Gospel, Martha is busy with hospitality, preparing enough food for thirteen weary men who had been walking all day.  Her sister, Mary, Seth and ecstasy as the words from Jesus dropped from his lips into her heart.  Both Martha and Mary were virtuous but in different ways.  (From the Pray Together Missalette, page 2)

On the Lighter Side…
One Sunday morning, a priest saw a little boy staring intently at the large plaque on the church wall.
The plaque was covered with names, and flags hung on either side of it.
“Father,” asked the boy. “what’s this?”
He replied, “It’s a memorial to all the men and women who died in the service.”
They stood together in silence for a moment.
Finally the boy asked with a genuine concern:  “Was it at the eight or ten-thirty Mass?”

of Treasure
For July 10, 2016:
General Fund:  $1, 362.06
Building Fund:  $141.00
CSMA:  $100.00

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

Saints of the Church
St. Frances Borgia (1510-72):  Spanish Jesuit; joined Jesuits after death of his wife and 1546; became general of the Order, 1565; October 10.

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Contains the opening prayer, prayer over the gifts, prayer after communion and solemn blessings, Eucharistic prayers, and prefaces for the Masses, including special occasions.

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.

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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.