St. Joseph tidbits



                                                                                  The annual 

                                                                            Christmas Bazaar

sponsored by the St. Anne Altar Sodality, is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM here at St. Joseph. Special this year is in addition of exhibit artwork done by FATHER FEDERICO Higuera as well as including two Quilts made by our dear BETTY CERNY for the Bazaar Raffle. The Sodality is asking for donations, to be sold at the Bazaar, of homemade baked goods, candies, crafts of all kinds, Christmas items, or any other items you wish to donate. Parishioners are also requested to sell Raffle tickets, more which can be found at the back of the church. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six and may be turned in to the sodality or in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Raffle”. Prizes this year will be Betty Cerny Quilts, Jewelry Sets from Marilyn Boysen and Heather Brown, a child’s Bike from the Sodality and Artwork from Paulette Aronson. The Christmas Bazaar is Sodality’s main source of income and your help is needed to make it successful. It is also part of the activities for Christmas in the Village celebrated and annually here in Cobden. More information about Christmas in the Village can be found at or at the Village Hall. See you all at the Bazaar! 


FELICIDADES, Fr. Uriel! We are proud of our very own Father Uriel who will be celebrating his 32nd year as an ordained priest this Thursday, December 5! The Parish is thankful for the blessing of your presence, guidance and friendship here. Thank you for answering the call to the priesthood! May God bless you and keep you as you continue the work of the Lord for many years to come.

St. Joseph is doing a Jesse Tree again this year. The Jesse Tree is an Advent tradition carried on with the purpose of helping us remember the events leading up to the coming of Jesus.Everyone is invited make an ornament! Ornaments depict the Old Testament stories of the people of God as they wait for the coming of the Messiah. They should be no larger than 6 inches, and primarily white and purple, the liturgical colors of the Advent and the Christmas season, with those added on the third week having a little pink on them. They may be added to the tree before or after any Mass during Advent. More information about the Jesse Tree is printed out along with the bulletin - please take a copy.

We invite everyone to come experience the love and mercy of Jesus through the Sacrament of Reconciliation at our Communal Penance Service with Father Uriel on Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 PM here at St. Joseph. What a special way to start the wonderful season of Advent!

From the Diocese: On behalf of the ministries and programs funded by The Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal and those they serve, we thank you for your prayers and continue generosity to the 2019 campaign. May you and your families feel the warmth of God’s love and the comfort of His peace at Thanksgiving and always.

From the Diocese: The Messenger covers the southern twenty-eight (28) counties of Illinois. The paper, now celebrating its 113th anniversary, is delivered to 4500 paid subscribers by mail and online. The Messenger is a biweekly paper. Space deadline for regular issues is 10 days in advance of publication date with a copy deadline 8 days in advance of publication date. Space deadline for Special Sections and Supplements is 14 days in advance of publication date with a copy deadline 10 days in advance of publication date. Web advertising can be added at any time during the month, including classifieds.

The Lighter Side: What was the call will first time a mathematician found 1/csc(x)? Original Sin!

Stewardship of Treasure

November 24, 2019

Offering: $2, 179.00

Campaign for Human Dev: $618.00

Hispanic Ministry: $100.00

Building Fund: $30.00

Cemetery Fund: $200.00

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

Bulletin deadline

The deadline to submit an item/announcement for the bulletin is Thursday evening. You can email it to:  and/or . You can also call Luisa Vercide or text at (618) 967-4452.

Mass Time at St. Joseph

Sunday: 10:00




                                                                         ‘TIS THE SEASON

ADVENT is here! In the midst of the numerous activities that come along with this time of year, our focus must remain on the reason for the season, our Lord, Jesus Christ!

WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN? What does church celebrate during Advent? Advent (ad-venio in Latin or “to come to”) is a time of waiting, expectation, and preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ, the world’s savior, on Christmas day. Advent is the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year and is comprised of the four Sundays before Christmas culminating on Christmas Eve and marked by special seasonal devotions. Advent is also known as “Little Lent” and is a time of penance and fasting in preparation for the coming of Christ.During Advent we are called to prepare for the birth of Christ into the world, His final coming at the end of the world, and His coming into our hearts today. ( 



“The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved and immune from all stain of original sin.” (Pius X, and Ineffabilis Deus, 1854). Let us celebrate the solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America with Masses at 7:00 AM (St. Joseph) and 6:00 PM (St. Mary) Monday, December 9, 2019.