St. Joseph tidbits

Mass Times

Sunday: 10:00 AM


Mission statement

The Catholic community of St. Joseph’s Parish in Cobden, Illinois is a family of believers united in faith and heritage. Through Jesus Christ and the gospel message, with Saint Joseph as our patron, we commit ourselves to the values of the family and the work of the church. We cherish our traditions and pray that their importance be reflected in our community as we grow in the Catholic faith and share the message of Christ. 


Administrator: Fr. Uriel Salamanca (618) 713-8257

Deacon: Pat Patterson (618) 893-2154

Trustees: Rick Flamm (618) 893-4953

Karl Sweitzer, Jr. (618) 697-4754

Parish Council: Raymond Wacker (618) 457-6731

Liturgy: Paulette Aronson (618) 893-2882

PSR: Jill Skinner (618) 893-2289

Ladies Sodality: Loraine McGee (618) 827-3633 phone call preferred

Debbie Russell (618) 521-1062

Cemetery: Gary Wiggs (618) 967-7116

Cobden K of C: Joe Pineau (618) 697-6795

Your 2019 Financial Contribution Statements are now available and can be found at the back of the church along with the 2020 Donation Envelopes. Please stop by and get your copy before or after Mass. And if you are new or can’t find the assigned Donation envelopes, please take the next available unmarked box and write in your name and address on the first envelope you will use during collection. For questions please call or text Raymond Flamm (618-967-1472).

Interested in Mowing the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery this year? Please contact Gary Wiggs at (618) 967-7116 for details, including a scheduled visit to the Cemetery. Reminder: Please Remove any Christmas decorations or floral arrangements not secured to a headstone, on a shepherd’s hook or in a vase. Faded or arrangements not meeting Cemetery requirements will be removed by March 1, 2020. Thank you to everyone who continue to keep St. Joseph Cemetery beautiful.

There is still time for The Messenger Renewal! With your subscription to The Messenger, your Catholic Family’s Connection will certainly exist for years to come! Please renew your subscription or become new subscribers to the print edition ($25.00), E- edition (online $25.00) or both for $30.00.

A special THANK YOU MORALES MOBILE DETAILING SERVICE for the donation of their time and service, power-washing the concrete base of the crucifix at the St. Joseph Cemetery.

New Lector Training! Deacon Pat will be conducting a Training on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM in the church hall for anyone interested in becoming a Lector for St. Joseph. Please let Deacon Pat know at 618-893-2154 or by Sunday, March 1, if you plan on attending. Come, lend your voices to the church reading the Word of God at Mass!

From the diocese: Respect Life Corner – The gift of free will in Sirach 15:15, we are given a choice every day by Our Father; to trust in Him in all things and to accept his unfailing love, or to stumble on our own accord, “If you choose you can keep the Commandments, they will save you. If you trust in God, you will live.” What a double-edge sword our free will is! We can choose between fire and water, life and death and good and evil. Our Father longs for us to choose Him, but He will never force us. If we place our lives in His hands, he will fortify us with every grace through Baptism (water) and help us turn away from sin through our trust in Him. With free will comes great responsibility, not only for ourselves, but the world around us. Attending Mass, spending time in Eucharistic Adoration, receiving the sacraments are a few ways to put on the armor of Our Lord as we head out into the world each’sday.In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us plainly about the pitfalls of sin, “whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.”

Learn, Act, Connect and Pray - It’s our job as God’s children to be peacemakers. Pray for those who have hurt you throughout your life. If you have been in the wrong, reach out and make phone call our send a note and apologize. Remember to do your best to live in the right relationship with others. The kingdom of God is here on earth and it begins with each one of us!

The Lighter Side: Signs: I like cooking my family my pets. Use commas - they save lives!

Stewardship of Treasure

February 9, 2020

Offering: $1, 912.50

First Offering: $4.00

General Fund: $1916.50

The Messenger: $75.00

Building Fund: $315.00

Thank you for your continued support of St. Joseph and the Church


Lent is almost here!

Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter (

The penitential season of the Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Father Uriel is collecting palms from the past Palm Sundays to burn for ashes to be used that day. Please bring them to church when you can. Confessions will be heard by father Uriel Wednesdays and Fridays after Mass or any time by appointment. As the season of the Lent is approaching, let us prepare our hearts and avail of the Sacrament of Reconciliation