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

Angel Tree

There will be a new Advent tree on the altar of this Advent season. Instead of the Jesse Tree, which depicted people from Jesus’ family tree, we will be adding an Angel Tree. Heavenly angels are pure spirits and God’s messengers who he sends to us as the need arises. When they are not waste God, they dwell between a sacred space between us and God. People never become angels, they become saints instead.

The PSR students will have received and advent calendar with stickers for each day which match a daily reading about angels who have appeared in the Bible from the creation to the birth of Christ. Children will be making angels to hang on the tree. Adults are invited to place handmade or pre-made angels on the tree and to contemplate the role of Angels and our lives, starting with our Guardian Angels, and to become familiar with these heavenly messengers.

The Parish Calendar at a Glance
December 3 (Sunday): First Sunday of Advent; 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 6:00 PM Confirmation Class
December 5 (Tuesday): Father Uriel Ordination Anniversary;
7:15 PM Liturgy Readings Study with Deacon Pat
December 7 (Thursday): 6:00 PM Tiding and Tidbit Social (Havisham House)
December 8 (Friday): The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Holy Day of Obligation
Masses at 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM
December 10 (Sunday): 9:00 AM PSR Classes; 6:00 PM Confirmation Class

Felicidades, Fr. Uriel!
We are proud of our very own Father Uriel will be celebrating his 30th year as an ordained Priest this Tuesday, December 5! The parish is thankful for the blessing of his presence, guidance and friendship here. Thank you for answering the call to Priesthood! May God bless you and keep you as you continue the work of our Lord for many years and come.

Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale
It’s another good year for the St. Joseph Bazaar and Bake Sale! Congratulations to all the raffle winners and thank you to all who came to participate in this fun event. The Ladies Sodality appreciates your support and would like to thank everyone who helped in making the Bazaar a success!

Penance Service
We invite the parish to come experience the love and mercy of Jesus through the Sacrament of Penance at our Communal Penance Service on Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 PM at St. Mary’s. Both Father Uriel and Father Federico will be available to hear confessions. What a special way to start this wonderful season of Advent!

Tiding and Tidbits
The Ladies of St. Mary invite you to tidings and tidbits on December 7, 2017, 6:00 PM for a Ladies Social at the Havisham House in Alto Pass, Illinois. Refreshments will be provided. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the Church for anyone interested. Please sign up ASAP for a headcount. We hope to see you there.

The Immaculate Conception
“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 immune from all stain of original sin.” (Pius X, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854). Come, let us celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patronal Feastday of the United States of America with Masses at 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM this Friday, December 8.

Church Decorating
The Church will be decorated (with the trees and manger) on December 17, 2017 after the 10:15 AM Mass. Please join in the fun of getting our Church ready for Christmas – all hands appreciated! Refreshments will be served in the Hall afterwards.

Magnificat Booklets are available for daily inspirational readings this Advent!

365 Fun Facts for Catholic Kids by Bernadette Snyder
December 5 – Can you guess the name of the flower for the month of December? Ho, ho, ho! It’s holly! With bright green leaves and bright red berries, what could be better than holly for the holidays? The name holly actually means “holy tree”, so maybe today would be a good day to climb a tree and say a prayer! Or do something tree-mendously holy!

Thank You
Thank you, Scouts! This year Scouting-for-Food and brought 510 cans in packages to our food pantry. Thank you, Confirmation students, for helping to stack the food on the shelves. Thank you to all who donated so generously. The food in our pantry is distributed to families in the Cobden/Alto Pass area. If you forgot to put your bag out, or would like to contribute to this food drive, food can be left in the back of church. There is always a need for dry beans, rice and vegetable oil, as well as personal care and cleaning products. Thank you to all who helped restock shelves.

Christmas Country Church Tour Announcement
The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Saint Mary’s of the Barrens Church) in Perryville, Missouri, will again be on the Christmas Country Church Tour along with 31 other churches and chapels. The tour will take place on December 14 and 15, from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM. All of the churches welcome visitors to view their Christmas decorations and to spend a few minutes in silent prayer during the Advent season. A tree will be decorated with paper garland made of prayer petitions from local students. Here live music on Thursday from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Friday. Light refreshments will be served in the Visitor Center where you can also view unique Nativity sets on display. If you have any questions, please call the Association of the Miraculous Medal at 1-800-264-6279, or visit our website at www.amm.org . We hope you will plan to visit us!

From the Diocese: Respect Life Corner
Life and Dignity of the Human Person – “Then God said:  Let us make human beings in our own image, after our likeness.” Every person is made in God’s image.
Learn, Act, Connect, Pray:  When we speak of mankind, we must never forget the various attacks on the sacredness of human life. The plague of abortion, death from malnutrition, terrorism, war, violence, euthanasia are attacks on life. As people of faith who believe in Christ’s death and resurrection, why do we have a special call to ensure that every person’s life and dignity is respected? How can we live out this call? God our Creator, help us honor the dignity of all people, especially those in whom God’s face may be difficult to recognize.

From the Diocese:  First Sunday of Advent:  Standing watch. Always ready.
We are challenged not to slide easily into this new liturgical year. We must be on guard. We must be ready to act in the ways Saint Matthew laid out last Sunday (Matthew 25:  1-13). Simply stated, Christ the King says heaven-worthy acts are works of mercy. These spiritual and corporal works offered needed guidance for weekly behavior. What work of mercy needs doing? What will I do this week to work on it? How can I engage others to help?
Corporal 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 the alms to the poor, Care of our Common Home, Spiritual Works of Mercy, Counseling the doubtful, Instructing the ignorant, Admonishing the sinner, Comforting the sorrowful, Forgiving injuries, Bearing wrongs patiently, Praying for living and the dead, Caring for our Common Home.

On the Lighter Side…Hilarious Signs
“What if soy milk is just regular milk introducing itself in Spanish?”

Advent Prayer

Father in heaven, our hearts desire at the warmth of your love and our minds are searching for the light of your word. Increase our longing for Christ our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

of Treasure

November 26, 2017
General Fund:  $3, 016.00
Building Fund:  $10.00
Cemetery Fund:  $75.00

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

Saints Of The Church
St. Josaphat Uncivil (1584-1623):  Basilian monk; b. Poland; archbishop of Polotsk, Lithuania; worked for reunion of separated eastern Christians with Rome; martyred by mob of schismatics; canonized 1867; November 12

What’s That?
Symbols of a Bishop
Coat of Arms
A bishop’s coat of arms is distinguished by a sign of his rank. That sign, placed over the shield, is a particular version of an ecclesiastical hat that was worn in processions, as late as 1870. The hat is low-crowned, flat and wide-brimmed. On a bishop’s coat of arms, the hat is green and hanging from it are 12 tassels, six on each side. There is also a processional cross above the shield. The cross on a bishop’s coat of arms has one bar; an archbishop’s cross has two. The design of the shield itself differs from bishop to bishop.

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.

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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.