85th Birthday Reception for Marlene

The family of Marlene Flamm Rich will be hosting a reception to celebrate her 85th birthday on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in the Parish Hall here St. Joseph’s.  All are welcome!  Please come and join this special Celebration honoring Marlene

Happy birthday, Marlene.  God bless you!

Parish Calendar at a Glance
October 23 (Sunday):  9:00 AM.  PSR Classes
October 25 (Tuesday):  7:00 PM.  Adult Class on the gospel of Mark with Deacon Pat
October 29 (Saturday):  2:00-4:00 PM Marlene Flamm Rich 85th Birthday Reception
October 30 (Sunday):  9:00 AM First Communion Parents Meeting with Fr. Uriel
November 1 (Tuesday):  All Saints’ Day
November 2 (Wednesday):  All Souls’ Day

Pasta Dinner for Sarah
What a great turnout with family and friends a Pasta Dinner Benefit for Sarah Russell Mann!
Thank you for your presence and support at St. Joseph this past Friday.  For those unable to attend but would like to help Sarah, please go to her website at smilingwithsarah.com .  And as always, your prayers are much appreciated by the entire Mann and Russell Families

Parents Meeting
Father Uriel will be meeting with the parents of all First Communion students next Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM in the Church.  It is important that every family be represented so please make sure that at least one parent attend this meeting.  Thank you.

Adult Education Class
An Adult Education Class on “Understanding the New Testament” continues here at St. Joseph every Tuesday at 7:00 PM.  Deacon Pat has just started the gospel of Mark.  Come and avail of this great opportunity to learn more about our Catholic faith in the company of our Parish family!

Mercy Moment:  Who am I kidding?


If I would do all the right things for the wrong reasons, would they still count?  Probably not.  Would God care?  Most likely, yes!  The Gospel repaints this picture.  The boasting person at prayer:  I fast, I pray, I tithe, I am faithful – I am not like “him”… (and everyone see this about me).  But the humble one prays:  I am far from perfect, I sin – be full of mercy.  The Old Testament reading sheds more light.  Be like God, Sirach says.  Attend to the poor, the widow, the orphan (anyone in need), God says.  Look to them.  Care for them.  It is right and just behavior.
How will I boast, not in myself, but in the Lord?  How will I behave?  Whom will I help?

Thank You
Thank you to Chris Collins, who has been maintaining the flowers on the west side of the Rectory and taking care of all the planters outside the church and Hall, changing them each season and working on them weekly.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Chris!

The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal… bringing God’s mercy to those who need it most
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 college 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.  Thank you very much.

Respect Life Moment
Moved by Mercy – Navigating Infertility – We often assume parenthood happens easily after “I do,” but for many married couples, it does not.  For some, the joy of conception never happens.  The others suffer repeated miscarriages.  The pain can be overwhelming.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  If you experience difficulty bringing a child into your family, know that you are not alone. The USCCB – www.usccb.org has some suggestions that may be helpful to you on this journey.  Even if we ourselves do not experience difficulty bearing children, pray that we can be channels of God’s mercy for those who do.

Thank You from the Brummers
The Thomas and Lori Brummer Family would like to send a BIG THANKS to everyone who sent cards and prayers or made calls and visits over last month, as Tess recovered from third-degree burns and Tristan from a broken arm.  We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our Cobden community.  There are no words to describe how grateful we are to have such thoughtful, caring people around us.  We are truly blessed.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Tom, Lori, Tori, Tristan and Tess

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
October 27 – Do you know what the Beatitudes are?  Jesus revealed them on the Sermon of the Mount when he gave Christians a list of problems to be overcome and rewards to be received for being faithful followers of Christ.  Can you remember any of them?

Semper F1, Theron!
Congratulations to Theron Sweitzer for passing the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Training and receiving the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor Emblem.  God bless our new Marine.  Ooh Rah!

Thoughts on Liturgy
October 23 – The first reading and the gospel reading are about prayer.  The tax collector humbly prays, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.”  In Eastern Christianity, this is called The Jesus Prayer.  Some people seeking a mystical union with God think this prayer as they breathe in and out.  Russian Chinese sometimes say the prayer a hundred times as they finger the hundred knots on their Chotki.
From the Pray Together Missalette, page 2.

On the Lighter Side…
A catechist asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem.
A small child replied, “They couldn’t get a babysitter?”

Catholic Conference of Illinois

Election 2016:  Weight Your Conscience Before Casting Your Ballot

The general election on November 8 offers Illinois residents the opportunity to vote for candidates for U.S. President, Congress, and the state legislature.  That Catholic Church is nonpartisan, and does not endorse candidates nor tell parishioners which candidates they should elect.  The Church does offer guidance for discernment as parishioners make their decisions on how to vote with a properly formed conscience.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has updated its document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, which may be found at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/index.cfm .  The Catholic Conference of Illinois encourages you to carefully review the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching listed below as you consider candidates.  More information may be found at www.ilcatholic.org .

*Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Life and Dignity of the Human Person
Human life is sacred, and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society and of Catholic social teaching.  Abortion, physician-assisted suicide, cloning, embryonic stem cell research and racism are evils to be guarded against and opposed.  Our promotion of human dignity and life also moves us to work for an end to war and the death penalty.
Care for God’s Creation
We are called to protect the planet, living in relationship with all of God’s creation.  Pope Francis underscores the importance of our stewardship of the Earth in his encyclical Laudato Si’:  On Care for Our Common Home.  In it, he poses a key question:  “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”
Protection and Participation in the Family and the Community
Social and economic policies affect our ability to grow in community.  Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported.  Pope Francis stresses the significance of the family in Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), observing that marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported by the state.
Rights of the Person Protected, and Each Person’s Responsibilities Met
Human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met.  Every person a has a fundamental right to life and to those things required for human decency, including food, water, shelter, employment and health care.  As citizens, we all have duties to one another, our families and society.
Care for the Poor and Vulnerable
While the common good embraces all, those in greatest need deserve our preferential concerns.  A moral test for society is how we treat the weakest among us, including children, the disabled, refugees, the elderly, the unemployed, the poor and the marginalized.
Dignity of Work and the Rights of the Workers
The economy must serve people, not the other way around.  Work is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation.  Workers must have basic rights to decent work, fair wages, workplace safety, collective bargaining, private property and economic initiative.
We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences.  We are our brothers and sisters keepers.  We worked to create unity through dialogue and civil discourse that is respectful of others.

*Adapted from:  www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/seven-themes-of-catholic-social-teaching.cfm .

of Treasure
For October 9, 2016:
General Fund:  $1, 421.22
Building Fund:  $13.00

For October 16, 2016:
General Fund:  $1, 709.00
Building Fund:  $82.00
World Mission:  $50.00

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

Saints of the Church
St. Gertrude (1256-1302):  German mystic; writer; helped spread devotion to the Sacred Heart; November 16.

What’s That?  Rosary

The rosary is a Scripture-based prayer with the four (4) sets of mysteries centering on the events of Christ life. The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery.The gentle repetition of the words help us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ’s spirit dwells.  The Rosary can be said privately or with a group.

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 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.