The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


Mission Sunday
St. Joseph welcomes missionary priest, Fr. Jovito Olaya, next Sunday, September 2, 2015. A priest for twelve years, he is currently the pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola in General Luna, Quezon Province, Philippines. He will celebrate all the Masses with Fr. Uriel and will share to the church about the Mission Cooperation Plan. The Diocese of Gumaca, located in the Philippines, is preaching the Mission Appeal. The proceeds of the appeal will go to the Diocesan Evangelization Fund, which is in charge of organizing and forming Basic Ecclesial Communities and training of lay leaders, to the ongoing formation, and in some cases, the hospitalization, of priests and to several pastoral programs. This is a good opportunity to hear about our fellow Catholics in the Philippines and how we can participate in this Mission as a Church.

Blessings To Our August Celebrants
Here’s a shout-out to our birthday and anniversary celebrants: Arthur Hazel, Stanley McGee, Juan Tomas, , Ryan Barr, Kyle Brumleve, Sherry Haddick, Charles Stadelbacher, Roy and Valerie Rogers, Kenny and Donna Brumleve, Scott and Paulette Aronson, Marc and Lori Cohen, and Ray and Rose Hogan. Today we celebrate YOU! There will be cake after the Masses and don’t forget to pick up a blessing token from the basket in the hallway. Please let us know if we missed someone’s birthday or anniversary. There will also be donuts and coffee as usual.

Special Request For St. Joseph
We have received a letter from Bishop Braxton informing us that we MUST increase our number of subscriptions to the diocesan newspaper, THE MESSENGER, by at least 16 subscriptions. THE MESSENGER has provided our diocesan newspaper for 108 years. Without full participation from the entire diocese, we are in danger of losing this publication. A 1 year subscription is $25, making each issue cost only $1.04. The remainder of this year (ending in February) is for five months, making the current subscription only $10.40. If you will help by subscribing, please call Patty 618-697-0952 or simply put a payment in the collection plate with your name and mailing address before September 20. Make your check out to “St. Joseph”. Thank you for helping!

2015 Fall PSR and Confirmation Classes
PSR registration continues today, August 30, in the Hall after all the Masses. Class begins on September 13 and will be held Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:05 AM. Confirmation class tonight 6:00-8:00 PM. For questions, please see Fr. Uriel or Jill Skinner. Jill may be reached at (618) 893-2289 or by email: .

World Day Of Prayer
Pope Francis has designated September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Now an annual event, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, according to Pope Francis, will be a time for individuals and communities to “reaffirm their personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” Let us join our Church here and worldwide on this day of special prayer. For a complete article about this day, please check .

Pope Francis Visit
Pope Francis will be in the United States this September! More information to follow as his visit will draw closer. Please also check EWTN on TV or online for more details.

His Excellency, Bishop Schlarman Memory Book
The Belleville Diocesan Presbyteral Council plans to honor Bishop Stanley G. Schlarman on his retirement as Vicar of Priests. A Memory Book of greetings and remembrances will be presented to Bishop Schlarman during the annual Priests’ Convention in September. Priests and parishioners, family and friends are invited to contribute entries for the Memory Book. Photos and messages – please limit to one page set in 16 pt type to allow for easy reading by the bishop – can be submitted by September 1, electronically to or by surface mail to Bishop Schlarman Tribute, 10 S. Lincoln Smithton, IL 62285.

Respect Life Corner
Our Human Family is Wounded – Labor is one important way we honor our brothers and sisters in God’s universal human family. In the creation story, God gives us labor as a gateway into participation with Him in the ongoing unfolding of creation. Human labor, at its best, is a deeply holy thing that ought to honor our dignity as we help with God “maintain the fabric of the world.”
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray – The violation of human dignity is evident in exploiting workers, trafficked women and children, and a broken immigration system that fails people and families desperate for decent work and a better life. How do we participate in this wounding of human dignity, through choices about the clothes we wear, food we eat, and things we buy – most of which is unaffordable to the very workers who make it? Do we give a thought to this truth, that for our wants to be met, economic realities are created that cause others to live in ways that we ourselves would not? These are difficult questions to ask, yet we must ask them.

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
September 5 – Did you know on this day in 1882 America’s FIRST Labor Day Parade was held in New York, and ten thousand working people marched in it? Ever since, the first Monday in September has been a holiday to honor all “working people”. What kind of “labor” would you rather do – run errands or run bases in a ball game; wash dishes or wash a new puppy; dig weeds in the garden or dig into a dish of ice cream? Get to work and make up your own WORKING prayer today – something like this: “help me to do good work today, Lord, because anybody who shirks work is a jerk!”

Substitute Teachers Needed
Substitute teachers needed, on an occasional basis, for PSR or Confirmation. If you feel led to be a part of our church’s teaching ministry and are able to substitute teach periodically, please see Jill Skinner.

Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal… Accept the Challenge…
Holy Angels provides not only food, clothing and shelter for homeless women, children and intact families but also gives ongoing support so clients may become self-supporting, productive members of their community in a home of their own. You can help Holy Angels make dreams come true through your gift to this year’s Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal.

Let’s recycle!
Recycling cans garnered $31.95 for Education. Let’s keep it up, keep the church clean and help the Earth!

Lost a Dish?
Please check the dishes and a crock pot left on the table at the Parish Hall. They may be yours.

A Call To Serve
St. Joseph would like to invite you to prayerfully consider helping in Church as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Sacristans. A small portion of your time can fill in this need in service of and for our church and fellow parishioners. According to, “In the early days of the Church, these duties were assigned to ordained people. Today, the laity are encouraged to serve as acolytes (those who serve at the altar), lectors (those who proclaim the Word), Eucharistic ministers (those who bring the Body of Christ to the Faithful at Mass or in their homes or hospitals), or sacristans (those who prepare the church for Mass).” What a great call of service! For more information, please see or call Fr. Uriel or Paulette Aronson (618) 893-2882.

Worth Thinking About…
August 30 – Religion might be compared to a triangle. The individual is at one point. One line reaches out to God, the other to our fellow human beings. So religion consists of adoration of God and helping those in need. We are given this message in all the readings today. In the gospel reading, Jesus points out that both good and evil actions originate in the imagination and a heart. A bit of practical advice is that if you think about something, whether good or bad, you will eventually do it, so keep only good thoughts in the imagination.
From the Prayed Together Missalette, page1.

On the the Lighter Side…
Did You Ever Wonder?
• If a deaf person has to go to court, is still called a hearing?
• If you drink Pepsi at work in the Coke factory, will they fire you?
• Why are you IN a movie but you are ON TV?

of Treasure
for August 23:
General Fund: $2, 260.05
Parish Improvement: $30.00
Cemetery Maintenance: $30.00
Assumption of Mary: $20.00
Help Defray Salaries: $5.00

Thank you to all who give

so generously to support our Parish.

Saints of the Church

St. Charles Lwanga and Companions (d. between 1885 and 1887): Twenty-two Martyrs of Uganda, many of them pages of King Mwanga of Uganda, who were put to death because they denounced his corrupt lifestyle; canonized 1964; first martyrs of black Africa; June 3.

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.