Hello, 2018!  As we begin the New Year, in the spirit of thankfulness,
we acknowledge the people behind St. Joseph Parish.

Pastor:  Uriel Salamanca
Deacon:  Pat Patterson
Trustees:  Rick Flamm
Karl Sweitzer, Jr.
Parish Council:  Patty Flamm, President
Members:  Paulette Aronson, Jeanine Cerny, Carl Dasenbrock, Chris Flamm, Becky Morgan, Joe Pineau, Salvador Tomas, Gary Wiggs
Liturgy committee:  Fr. Uriel Salamanca, Deacon Pat Patterson
Paulette Aronson (Chairwoman)
Patty Flamm (Altar), Tom Cerny (Adult Education)
Tom Cerny and Joe Pineau (Service in the Absence of a Priest)
Jill Skinner (Youth Liturgy), Geof Skinner (Lector/Minister schedule
Nathan Sweitzer (Altar Servers), Jeanne Wacker and Stan Pearson (Music)
Parish School of Religion:  Jill Skinner, Paulette Aronson
PSR Teachers:  Jenny Applegate, Lori Brummer, Tom Cerny, Margaret Dale, Carmelita Machicao, Jenny Meije, Joe Pineau, Jim Poletti, Jill Skinner, Jeanne and
Raymond Wacker
Planning, VBS and Music:  Paulette Aronson, Jean Cash, David and Jamie Figueroa, Connie Vincent
Ladies Sodality:  Debbie Russell, President
Loraine McGee, Vice President
Sherry Haddick, Secretary
Members:  All Ladies of the Parish
Cobden Knights of Columbus:
Caleb Aronson, Sonny Basler, Daniel Brumleve, Harold Brumleve, Kenneth Brumleve, Kevin Brumleve, Tom Cerny, Dan Cirilla, Larry Dale, Michael Eck, Charles Flamm, Kenneth Flamm, Richard Flamm, Mark Haddick, Joe Hogan, Ray Hogan, Tex Lehr, John Lintz, Robert Lintz, Jim Poletti, John Patrick Russell, Pat Patterson

Thank you to all who have given their time and talents, mostly behind the scenes, for the service of our Parish:  the PSR teachers and helpers, Parish Hall and Kitchen volunteers, church and grounds maintenance volunteers, donors, sponsors and Prayer warriors.  We are especially grateful to Betty Cerny for her innumerable and invaluable service and efforts in almost all of the activities here at St. Joseph.  Thank you!

Parish Calendar at a Glance
January 7 (today): Epiphany; 9:00 AM Mass; 5:00 Spanish Mass; 6:00 PM Confirmation Class
January 9 (Tuesday): 7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
January 10 (Wednesday): 6:00 PM Parish Council Meeting (Open to all Parishioners)
January 14 (Sunday): 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 6:00 PM Confirmation Class

Epiphany Sunday
The Feast of the Epiphany (from the Greek verb meaning “to reveal”) is one of the oldest Christian feasts. God the Son is being revealed as a human in Jesus Christ. Epiphany closes the Christmas season this year with one mass at 9:00 AM. It will be celebrated with an Epiphany procession of Angels and Kings. Volunteers are needed from PSR classes to fill these roles as well as parental help for the children’s costumes. A note will be sent to families this week with Epiphany details and the January PSR schedule. House blessings gifts will also be available at the end of Mass.

Church Undecorating
Volunteers are needed to help disassemble the Nativity and Christmas decorations in the church after the 9:00 AM Epiphany today. All help will be appreciated! Also, for anyone who would like a poinsettia, please feel free to take one from the Altar after the Mass.

Vocation Corner
What a wonderful Gospel account of the Magi traveling to meet the Lord. They followed the star – their “call” – to come and offer their gifts to/for the Lord. We are also encouraged by St. Paul’s commission to preach to the Gentiles. These two wonderful accounts of following God’s call are examples for us to ask – how are we doing in discerning our call to holiness – in living our vocation?

2018 Donation Envelopes
The 2018 Donation Envelopes are now available and can be found at the back of the church – don’t forget to take one! If you can’t find be assigned envelopes, please inform Betty Cerny, Karl Sweitzer or take one from the extra unmarked boxes. Thank you for your continued support here at St. Joseph!

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
January 8 – Did you know that each month has a special “jewel”? If you were born in January, your “birthstone” is the garnet. It’s a dark red stone and a symbol of loyalty. Always be loyal – to your family, your friends, and especially to God.

St. Mary Blood Drive
The parish of St. Mary (Anna IL) will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on January 31, 2018 at the Parish Hall. Mark your calendar and give the gift of life! For more St. Mary news and information, you may access their website online at stmarysuionco.org .

Pre-Cana Day
St. Francis Xavier Parish in Carbondale will be presenting a Pre-Cana Day on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Couples may go to the parish website www.stfxcarbondale.org/PreCana to download the registration form, fill it out and mail it with the $40.00 registration fee. The cut-off date for registration is January 16, 2018.

St. Joseph and Kroger’s
St. Joseph’s is listed and Kroger’s Community Rewards Program. Between September 1, 2017 and November 30, 2017 (Cycle 4, Qtr.  1) thirty-one St. Joseph households have contributed $218.70 in total. Please register at www.kroger.com/communityrewards and Kroger will donate a percentage of your grocery purchase amount back to the Parish. The enrollment number for St. Joseph is #96558. Thank you for shopping at our local Kroger and helping St. Joseph Church at the same time! For questions, please call Paulette Aronson at (618) 893-2882 or Jeanne Wacker at wacker127@frontier.com .

March for Life
The annual bus trip to Washington, DC for the 45th Annual National March for Life will be January 18-19-20, 2018 (Thursday-Saturday). Join us and thousands of others from across the nation for this huge pro-life gathering in the nation’s capital. Go to http://dps.diobelle.org/respectlife for the Registration Forms and Fact Sheet.

From the Diocese:  Epiphany of the Lord – January 6-7, 2018 – Coming and going
They are alien visitors, Magi from the east, who seek out Jesus, the newborn king. They had “visas” from King Herod because he urged them on the journey. The story is about a Jew and Gentile. About us and them. About coheirs and copartners, to use St. Paul’s language. All members of the same body in Christ Jesus. All sharing the one ministry, the one grace. How do I help people come to Jesus? What gifts do I have? What treasures can I give? How will I treat the alien?

Coffee and Donuts
Having coffee and donuts more than just hit the spot, it gives us a chance to spend a few relaxing and savory moments to get to know and catch up with YOU, our fellow parishioners! Come to the Hall after the Masses and grab a donut or two with your drink. The Parish would love to share this time with you. Everyone is welcome!

Thoughts on the Liturgy
January 7 – Bethlehem means “House of Bread”. The town of Bethlehem is only a few miles from Jerusalem. Herod the Great was of a non-Jewish family that was held in favor by Rome. The Roman Senate appointed him to govern Palestine in 40 B.C. He became famous for his building projects, especially the renovation of the Jewish temple. He was disturbed when he heard of the prophecy of the new ruler. The three astrologers, probably from Persia, brought gifts to Jesus, but it was also used as a burial ointment. After visiting the magi, who were Gentiles, the Holy Family went to Egypt, a Gentile country. (From the Pray Together Missal, page 2)

On the Lighter Side…
I thought it was still Christmas…but then I had an Epiphany!

of Treasure

December 31, 2017
General Fund:  $1, 836.00
First Offering:  $30.00
New Year:  $105.00
Immaculate Conception:  $5.00
For the Needy:  $140.00

Christmas:  $170.00

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

Saints Of The Church
St. Joseph Benedict Cottolengo (1786-1842):  Italian priest; established Little Houses of Divine Providence (Piccolo Casa) for care of orphans and the sick; canonized 1934; April 30.

What’s That?
Symbols of a Bishop:  Miter
The miter is the proper liturgical headdress for all bishops of the Latin rite, including the Pope. The word comes from the Greek word mitra, meaning “turban.” It consists of two stiffened flaps of material joined by a headband with two fringed straps hanging from the back base of the miter. The miter as we know it today developed from the conical head covering worn by the Pope that appeared in the 10th century. At first, it was only used by the Pope.

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.