Oct 21, 2012

Most Pure Heart of Mary and Assumption Churches
P. O. Box 156, Chamois, MO 65024
Fr. David Means, Canonical Administrator,

www.MostPureHeart.org and www.AssumptionMorrison.org

church (573) 763-5345, cell (573) 301-0350 email: FrDave@MostPureHeart.org
parish email: mphparish@centurytel.net, rectory office email: mphsec@centurytel.net
Lucy Brenner, R.N., Parish Nurse 573-294-6675

SUNDAY EUCHARIST: Sat 6:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart - Chamois (started Saturday October 13) and
Sun 8:00 a.m. at Assumption - Morrison (started Sunday October 14)

SUNDAY COLLECTION MOST PURE HEART: $709.00 World Missions $30.00
(October 14, 2012)     Samaritan Center $20.00
 ASSUMPTION: $650.00 candles $5.00
  Herman Food $32.00 World Missions $25.00


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 10/21 Gary Seifert, 10/28- Joe Budnik, 11/4 - Danny Lamb, 11/11 - Larry Kuebler

1st Sun–Wilma Trachsel/Dennis Lamb, 2nd Sun–Jerry/Clarine Means, 3rd Sun–Viv/Larry Boss,
4th Sun–Otto/Joni Boss, 5th - Bosses/Means

TUESDAY Oct 23 10:00 am WEDNESDAY Oct 24 7:15 pm
Rita Klick Fr. James A. Fuemmeler
THURSDAY Oct 25 8:00 am FRIDAY Oct 26 8:00 am
Joseph Joe Brunnert Agnes Koechner
SUNDAY ++ Oct 28 8:00 am SATURDAY Oct 27 6:00 pm
David Seifert For the People

**PSR Mass on Wednesday - The Mass on Wednesday for the coming week is at 7:15 p.m.  This is the first PSR Mass of this school year.  Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration. 

I’m sure everyone knows that Nov. 6 is Election Day. I certainly hope that everyone will make the effort to vote that day. It is a crucial election - one that has been called the most important of our generation. It will decide the future direction of our country. And I confess, that I have great fears for our nation if we do not change course. We are on the path to taxpayers paying for abortion, at which time we must cease paying taxes or be participating in abortions. We are on the threshold of absolute ‘gay’ rights, at which time the first ‘gay’ couple that wants to be ‘married’ in our church and I refuse, could land me in jail. And many other issues as well. Please take seriously your obligation to ponder the future of our nation and our religious freedom; to vote and to vote as a good Catholic.
     “One might argue for different methods to address the needs of the poor, to feed the hungry and to solve the challenges of immigration, but these are prudential judgments not intrinsic evils… You need to think and pray very carefully about your vote, because a vote for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are intrinsically evil and gravely sinful makes you morally complicit and places the eternal salvation of your own soul in serious jeopardy.” – Bishop Thomas Paprocki, Diocese of Springfield, Illinois   
     I received my CSA pledge card in the mail today, and it’s on my desk in the ‘to do ASAP’ pile. If you didn’t receive a pledge card, please let me know, and I can take care of it for you.

Crop WalkSunday, October 21, begins at 4:00 at St. James UCC in Morrison, ends at 5:00 with refreshments.  Percentage of funds received will be divided between Hermann Food Pantry & Good Shepherd Food Pantry.  More info in back of church. (Walkers please bring donations along Oct. 21.)

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/12-6/30/13 $45,345.00 $30,524.00
Budget goal per month $3,779.00 $2,544.00
Weekly goal $872.00 $587.00
Collection - Oct. 7 $984 $537
Oct 14 $709 $650
Oct 21    
Oct 28    
To date for October $1,693 $1,187
Offertory budget goal 7/1/12-10/14/12 $13,080.00 $8,805.00
Sunday collection 7/1/12-10/14/12 $12,373.00 $9,246.00
Difference -$707.00 $441.00

Question of the Week – What are some times in your own life when you have the chance to be last instead of first? 

Handbell Choir Rehearsal – Tues., Oct. 23, 7:00 p.m.

November Contribution Envelopes are available for pickup in the back of church.

PSR News – On Wednesday, Oct. 24, there will be a PSR Mass at 7:15 p.m.  PSR students will meet as usual at 7:00 p.m. and then proceed to church for Mass at 7:15 p.m.  On Wednesday, Oct. 31, there will be no PSR classes.

Missionaries Of Faith - Today is World Mission Sunday.  We are called to this Eucharistic celebration – along with Catholics in every parish, chapel and church throughout the world – to fulfill the call we first heard at Baptism, the call to be missionaries, to share our faith. On World Mission Sunday, we are called in a special way to be “missionaries of faith” through prayer and participation in the Eucharist, and by giving generously to the collection.  Let us pray especially at this Mass for all who long to hear the hope-filled, saving message of Jesus, and for the priests, religious and lay catechists in mission countries worldwide who offer them that “Good News.”  If you forgot your contribution this weekend, just drop in the collection basket next weekend.

The Catholic Stewardship Appeal - Recently you received a letter from Bishop Gaydos asking for your generous support of the Catholic Stewardship Appeal. The 2013 universal theme – “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you” encourages each one of us to faithful discipleship.  Please give prayerful consideration to how you can respond, complete your pledge card and return it to the diocese in the envelope provided.

Dinner & Hometown Hero Recognition – Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Chamois Community Center.  For service to the community, recognition will be given to Doris Rost.  Ages 13 and up/$5, ages 5-12/$3, ages 4 and under/free.  RSVP to Marlo Bockting 294-6613 by November 1 or before.  Reservation only!  Sponsored by MWA Senior Summit Chapter.

Holy Day of Obligation – Thursday, November 1, is All Saints Day and is a holy day of obligation.  Masses will be offered at MPH on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 6:00 p.m. (all ghosts, goblins, princesses, witches, angels, etc. are welcome to come to Mass in their costumes and then go trick-or-treating afterwards).  Mass will be offered at Assumption on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Main Street Trick or Treat – A safe way to enjoy Halloween trick or treating festivities in a family friendly, festive atmosphere.  Trick or Treat on Main Street in Chamois Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Year Of Faith Celebration Event - Sunday, October 28, at St. Joe’s Cathedral in Jeff.  2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eucharistic celebration.  Meal & fellowship following.  RSVP to YOFevent@diojeffcity.org, or call your parish office or the Chancery 573-635-9127.  

MWA Events – 1) Pie contest & 50/50 drawing Sunday, Oct. 21. 10:00 a.m. pie drop off at Pershing Community Center.  Sponsored by MWA Youth Service Club.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613.  2) Soup supper & silent auction Sunday, Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Pershing Community Center.  Sponsored by MWA Summit Chapter.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613.

Priesthood Sunday – Next Sunday, Oct. 28, is a national day set aside to honor the good priests who are so important in our lives.  It is a call for parishioners to focus on Christ as Priest and the men who are called to be his priests on earth.  It is a time for prayer, celebration, and dialog with your parish priest.  Priesthood Sunday is for priests, but it’s really for all Catholics.  Embrace its good intentions.  For more info, visit www.priestsunday.org.

Disaster Preparedness Training Workshop – Open to parishioners and community at large.  Learn how to prepare your family, your faith community, and your area for the next time a disaster strikes, and you will learn how to be ready to assist others as well.  Free.  November 17, 8:00 a.m.-noon at St. Peter parish in Jeff (church basement).  Pre-register (a must) with Barbara Ross or Jake Seifert at bross@cccnmo.org or jseifert@cccnmo.org or by calling 573-635-7719. 

Applebutter for Sale - $10/quart, $5.50/pint.  Contact a senior class member, Kathy Mehmert, or the school at 573-763-5393.  Limited number of pints and sugar free.  Thank you for helping to send the seniors on their senior trip!

Calendar of Parish Events – Oct/Nov

Oct 20/21 - World Mission Coll
Oct 21 – Bailey’s Creek Cemetery Mtg
Oct 23 – Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Oct 24 – PSR/Mass
Oct 29 – Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Oct 31 – NO PSR classes

AS Finance Committee  Mtg – date TBA
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Nov     - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- MPH Good Shepherd Cntr Coll
Nov 1  - Holy Day of Obligation
Nov 3/4  - CSA in-pew solicitation
Nov 5  - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
- K of C Mtg
Nov 5  - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Nov 7  - AS Prayer Group 10:30 AM
- PSR classes
Nov 13 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Nov 14 – PSR classes
Nov 15 - MPH Liturgy Comm Mtg
Nov 17/18 – CCHD Coll
Nov 20 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Nov 21 - NO PSR classes
- Bltn Deadline for Nov. 25 Bltn
Nov 22 - Thanksgiving
Nov 27 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl

Nov 28 - PSR classes

Bailey’s Creek Cemetery Annual Meeting – Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1:30 p.m. in MPH hall.

Looking for a Christmas Gift? – MPH has additional copies of the Dedication Centennial Parish History Book available for $25 each.  If interested, contact the rectory.

Marriage Encounter Nov. 3/4 in Jeff.  Registration form is available at www.jeffcityme.org. Contact Roger and Brenda Kempker at 573-642-3647 or rkempker@ktis.net.

Vendors Sought for 175th celebration of Sacred Heart parish in Rich Fountain on May 26, 2013.  For info, call 573-821-1858.

Thank You rec’d from Hermann Community Food Pantry and Good Shepherd Center for your generosity and support in helping the poor!

Events Elsewhere – 1) K of C breakfast at Linn Oct. 21.  2) Breakfast at Starkenburg Oct. 21.  3) Fall Festival at Rich Fountain Oct. 28, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  4) Craft show at Linn R-2 field house Oct. 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  5) Craft show at St. Peter’s Selinger Centre in Jeff Nov. 4, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.








Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

There are some things we must never do, as individuals or as a society, because they are always incompatible with love of God and neighbor. Such actions are so deeply flawed that they are always opposed to the authentic good of persons. These are called “intrinsically evil” actions. They must always be rejected and opposed and must never be supported or condoned. A prime example is the intentional taking of innocent human life, as in abortion and euthanasia. In our nation, “abortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others”.  (Living the Gospel of Life)

Two temptations in public life can distort the Church’s defense of human life and dignity:

The first is a moral equivalence that makes no ethical distinctions between different kinds of issues involving human life and dignity. The direct and intentional destruction of innocent human life from the moment of conception until natural death is always wrong and is not just one issue among many. It must always be opposed.

The second is the misuse of these necessary moral distinctions as a way of dismissing or ignoring other serious threats to human life and dignity. Racism and other unjust discrimination, the use of the death penalty, resorting to unjust war, the use of torture, war crimes, the failure to respond to those who are suffering from hunger or a lack of health care, or an unjust immigration policy are all serious moral issues that challenge our consciences and require us to act. These are not optional concerns which can be dismissed. Catholics are urged to seriously consider Church teaching on these issues. Although choices about how best to respond to these and other compelling threats to human life and dignity are matters for principled debate and decision, this does not make them optional concerns or permit Catholics to dismiss or ignore Church teaching on these important issues.

It must be noted also that a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals. The Christian faith is an integral unity, and thus it is incoherent to isolate some particular element to the detriment of the whole of Catholic doctrine. A political commitment to a single isolated aspect of the Church’s social doctrine does not exhaust one’s responsibility towards the common good. (Doctrinal Note on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life)

Decisions about political life are complex and require the exercise of a well-formed conscience aided by prudence. This exercise of conscience begins with outright opposition to laws and other policies that violate human life or weaken its protection. Those who knowingly, willingly, and directly support public policies or legislation that undermine fundamental moral principles cooperate with evil.

In making these decisions, it is essential for Catholics to be guided by a well-formed conscience that recognizes that all issues do not carry the same moral weight and that the moral obligation to oppose intrinsically evil acts has a special claim on our consciences and our actions.

This summary was prepared by the Diocesan Pro-Life Office as a reflection and guide for voters in the November 2012 election.