Turkey bingo 2020 is cancelled due to COVID, with the tradition continuing next year. The Christmas Bazaar and Soup Luncheon will be cancelled as well. However, the Ladies Sodality does have homemade Salsa, Peach Jelly, Peach Jam, Strawberry Jam, and Jelly Sell at $5.00 a pint and the Jelly and Jam, $4.00 for a half-pint jar. The supplies are limited so please place an order, is especially if you want these items to give as Christmas presents. Call or text Loraine McGee at 618.697.0250 to reserve your items. Pick up will start Thanksgiving weekend after Mass.
Feast Days, Holidays and Mass Schedule
November 29 (Sunday): First Sunday of Advent/Primer Domingo de Adviento; 10:00 AM Mass
December 8 (Tuesday): Immaculate Conception; Mary Patroness of the Americas; Holy Day of Obligation December 12 (Saturday): Our Lady of Guadalupe; 4:00 PM St. Joseph, 6:00 PM St. Mary
December 24 (Thursday): Christmas Eve; 5:00 PM St. Mary, 12:00 midnight St. Joseph
December 25 (Friday): Christmas Day; 8:00 AM St. Mary; 10:00 AM St. Joseph
St. Joseph Church Information
Administrator: Fr. Uriel Salamanca (618) 713-8257
Deacon: Pat Patterson (618) 893-2154
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
From the Diocese: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King Of The Universe,Solemnity. Six Grows to Nine. We get the start of the behaviors by which will be judged – actions toward others are, in fact, done for and to God. What we think is important. What we may say is also important. But what we do is key, is more important. Here is the list: Carpool Works of Mercy “Feed the hungry” “Give drink to the thirsty” “Shelter the homeless” “Clothe the naked” “Visit the sick” “Visit the prisoners” “Bury the dead” “Give alms to the poor” “Care of our Common Home” Who does not have enough that I will feed? Whom will I welcome? How will I be responsible for the earth?
Blessings to our November Celebrants: Samantha Coleman, Caroline Hansen, Lydia Hazel, Roy Rogers, Geof Skinner and Stanley and Loraine McGee, Charles and Rosie Stadelbacher, Gary and Linda Wiggs. The Parish celebrates and prays for YOU!
While St. Joseph will be Closed and Locked these days, except during Masses, all are welcome to come and spend time in church with the Lord. If you wish to come in and pray or have any parish-related activities you need to do inside, please feel free to contact Father Uriel any time so that he can open the doors for you. Also note that whenever the lights by the main doors are on, the church is open.
Beginning the church’s liturgical year, Advent (from “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come” is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas). Advent devotions including the Advent wreath remind us of the meaning of the season. May this Advent be a time of spiritual awakening and renewal for you as you prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World.
Are you attentive to Christ? Though this is a profoundly important question, there are many who may not even fully understand what it means. Yes, on the surface it is clear: Being “attentive” is being aware of the presence of our Lord in your life and in the world around you. So are you attentive? Are you watchful? Are you looking, seeking, waiting, anticipating and preparing for Christ to come? Though Jesus came to earth over 2, 000 years ago in the form of a little child, He continues to come to us today. And if you are not daily aware of His profound presence, then you may already be somewhat asleep, spiritually speaking.
We “fall asleep” on a spiritual level every time we turn out interior eyes to the passing, unimportant and even sinful things of this world. When that happens, we can no longer see Christ Himself. Sadly, this is becoming increasingly easy to do. Violence, sickness, hatred, division, scandal and like the plague us day in and day out. The news media daily competes to present us with the most shocking and sensational news possible. Social media daily seeks to fill our short attention span with sound bites and images that satify for but a moment. As a result, the eyes of our soul, our interior vision of faith, is darkened, ignored, forgotten about and dismissed. And as a result, many in our world today no longer appear to be able to cut through the growing chaotic noise so as to perceive the gentle, clear and profound voice of the Savior of the world.
As we begin our Advent season, our Lord is speaking to you in the deepest depths of your soul. He is gently saying, “Wake up.” “Listen.” “Watch.” Do you see Him? Hear Him? Listen to Him? Understand Him? Do you know His voice? Or do the many voices around you take away from the deep, profound and transforming truths He wishes to communicate to you? Reflect, today, upon the fact that God is speaking with in the depths of your soul each and every day. He is speaking to you now. And what He says is all that really matters in life. Advent is a time, more than any, to renew your commitment to listen, to be attentive and to respond. Do not remain asleep. Wake up and diligently be attentive to the profound voice of our Lord.
Come, Lord Jesus! Come! May this Advent be a time of deep renewal in my life, dear Lord. May it be a time in which I strive with all my heart to seek out your gentle and profound voice. Give me the grace, dear Lord, to turn away from the many noises of the world that compete for my attention and to turn only to You and to all You wish to say. Come, Lord Jesus, come into my life more deeply during this Advent season. Jesus, I trust You!