The Catholic Church of St. Joseph


Please pray for our students who will be receiving Sacraments in the next several weeks. Also include in your prayers their families, sponsors, teachers, and all who are helping to prepare them, and those who will continue to help their faith to grow in the future.
BAPTISM: Jenna Gomez, Janet Romero
FIRST RECONCILIATION (March 8): Yoselin Avila, Randy Calderon, Cresli Carrillo, Yovani Carrillo, Aron Funes, Dora Funes, Edwin Funes, Eric Guijón, Fredy Guerrero, Brianna Gutierrez, Madelyn Hansen, Kevin Hernandez, Gustavo Juarez, Maria Elena Martinez, Omar Martinez, Marin Martinez, Laritza Roman, Michael Tomas, Alfredo Vaca, Francisco Vaca.
FIRST COMMUNION: All of these young people will be receiving First Communion on April 19 at the 10:15 Mass.

Outdoor Stations of the Cross
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s outdoor Stations of the Cross, both in the procession and in the prayer offerings. The event is a success because of you. We hope to see you all next year!

Lenten Fish Fries continues every Friday at 4:00-7:00 p.m. thru March 27, 2015. All-you-can-eat, $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children. The menu includes baked and fried fish, baked beans, slaw, roasted sweet potatoes, fried squash, cucumber salad, drinks and desserts. We will try some new recipes for fried onions, hush puppies, and red beans and rice. Also open regardless of weather. For more information and/or to assist during the dinner, please contact Carl Dasenbrock. Come, join us and the many Union County residents who attend this event, for a delicious dinner and great fellowship at St. Joseph‘s!

St. Mary Fish Fry
St. Mary’s in Anna also has their K of C Fish Fry Dinners from 5:00-7:00 PM every Friday until next week, March 20. Meal includes fried fish, fried shrimp, beans, slaw, baked or French fried potato, drink and dessert. Meal for adults is $11.00, or $10.00 with the contribution of a non-perishable food item. Child’s meal is $5.00. All food collected will be donated St. Joseph’s Food Pantry. The money from the dinners will benefit both Union County parishes.

Thank you to the students and staff of Cobden School for the substantial donation of canned foods and pasta for our Food Pantry. Your kindness and generosity have refilled the shelves and will be very much appreciated. The Pantry serves the needy among us here in Cobden and the intermediate Union County and is always in need of dry beans, rice, vegetable oil, canned fruits, personal care items and cleaning supplies.

Did We (or will we) Miss Your Birthday/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!

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter, marks the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. It will be celebrated next Sunday, March 29. Let us start Holy Week by picking up our palms and remembering this special event in Jesus’ ministry at Mass.

Knights of Columbus
The K of C Mass will be next Sunday, March 29 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s in Anna.

2015 Vacation Bible School
There will be a meeting for everyone who would like to help with VBS on Sunday, March 29, after the 10:15 AM Mass, in the hall. VBS for 2015 will be on July 27-31, 2015 at 6:30-8:30 PM. We are in need of teachers, assistants, and support help. If you would like to help in any capacity with this year’s VBS, please see Jill Skinner.

St. Mary Easter Egg Hunt
All are invited to participate in the Easter egg Hunt at St. Mary’s in Anna on Saturday, April 4 at 10 AM.

Respect Life Corner
The Journey Continues – in his Lenten message for 2015, Pope Francis ask us to “make our hearts firm” (Jas 5: 8) and to be “merciful, attentive and generous.” Through prayer, charity humility before God, people receive a heart “which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.”
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray: Embrace his call to mercy by reaching out to those in need. Be attentive to the Lenten call to prayer; be generous with your time and treasure.

Selma at SIU

Special Collections Research Center and the Friends of Morris Library at SIUC’s Morris Library are hosting 2 events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery that helped to transform voting rights. Both of these events are free and open to the public. School groups are welcome. Light refreshments will be served at both events.
Tuesday, March 24th at 6:00 PM in the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors at Morris Library at SIUC there will be a film screening of the film, Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change
Wednesday, March 25th in the third floor rotunda at Morris Library at SIUC Sister Mary Antona Ebo will address our community. Father Joseph Brown, SJ, PhD will give opening remarks after we sing some hymns that were sung at the marches.
Sister Mary Antona Ebo is a legendary trailblazer. Complementing her lifetime career in healthcare, Sister Antona gained national recognition for her pioneering efforts in civil rights as a black Catholic and nun. The image of her marching in Selma became an icon in the struggle for voting rights. Sister Antona is an exemplary person and a role model for all of us in the way that she embraces difficult struggles. She is being inducted into the National Women’s Voting Rights hall of fame this month.
If you have questions or would like additional information about these events, please contact Dr. Christina Bleyer, Research Specialist, 618-453-1499, .

365 Fun Facts for Catholic kids by Bernadette Snyder
March 25 – The Bible has a LOT to say about angels. One of the stories it tells is about a young girl named Mary who was saying her prayers one day when suddenly an angel came into the room and talked to her! The angel said, “Hail, Mary” (that means Hello, Mary). And then the angel announced or told her that God wanted her to be the Mother of Jesus! That’s why today’s feast is called the “Annunciation”, or announcement day. Mary said she would do whatever God wanted her to do, and so she became Jesus’ Mother. Do you know the “Hail Mary” prayer? Announce to your family that you should say a Hail Mary together in honor of this happy day!

Confirmation Information
Plans are being made for the upcoming Confirmation class. A meeting for all confirmation teachers is planned for Sunday, April 12 at 6:00 PM in the Hall. The first meeting for students and their parents will be held at Sunday, April 26 at 6:00 PM, also in the Hall. It is very important that all students who would like to be a part of this class and a parent attend this meeting. Students must be in a eighth grade or older. Classes will begin in August and teachers are being sought. If you would like to help prepare our young people for confirmation, please see Father Uriel, Molly Davidson or Jill Skinner.

Worth Thinking About…
March 22 – Enormous numbers of people went to Jerusalem annually for the Passover feast. Jesus and his disciples went this year as described in today’s gospel message. People were curious about Jesus and our passage’s mentions that some Greeks wanted to see Jesus so they approach Phillip – his name was Greek for “lover of horses” – and this occasioned a vivid response from Jesus. Then a mysterious voice came from the sky. Three times, as mentioned in the scriptures, the Father spoke from heaven to or about Jesus: at his baptism, at the Transfiguration and in today’s gospel passage.
From the Pray Together Missalette, page3.

On the Lighter Side…
When was meat first mentioned in the Bible? When Noah took Ham into the Ark.
Why did Noah have to punish and discipline the chickens on the Ark?

of Treasure
For March 15:
General Fund: $1170.01
Parish Improvement: $26.00
Catholic Relief Services: $90.00
CSMA: $405.00
Solemnity of Mary: $5.00
First Offering: $4.00

Thank you to all

who give so generously to support our Parish.

Saints of the Church
St. Beatrice da Silva Meneses (1424-1490): Foundress, b. Portugal: founded Congregation of the Immaculate Conception, 1484, in Spain; canonized 1976; September 1.

Lenten Regulations 2015

Each year the Lord Jesus calls the entire Church to a special season of penance and renewal. As we begin this holy time of Lent, we should reflect on our need for conversation of heart, prayer, charitable works and penance. The season of Lent extends this year from Ash Wednesday, February 18, two in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 2, inclusive.
Everyone 14 years of age or older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and All Fridays of Lent.
Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is also bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
On these two days of fast and abstinence, only one full meatless meal is allowed. The other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may mean taken according to one’s needs but altogether they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the obligation of the law is modified. Because Lent is a special season for all Christians, we should not lightly excuse ourselves from these penitential practices.
To completely disregard the law of fast and abstinence is seriously sinful.

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.