Nov 24, 2013

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

church (573) 763-5345, cell (573) 301-0350 email:
parish email:, rectory office email:
Lucy Brenner, R.N., Parish Nurse 573-294-6675

SUNDAY EUCHARIST: Sat 6:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart - Chamois and
Sun 8:00 a.m. at Assumption - Morrison (Until April)

SUNDAY COLLECTION MOST PURE HEART: $363.00 World Missions $10.00
Nov. 17, 2013     Food Pantry $3.00
 ASSUMPTION: $763.00 Food Pantry $27.00
  fuel $20.00 CCHD $50.00


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 11/24 - Danny Lamb, 12/1 - Larry Kuebler, 12/8 - Gayle Hackmann, 12/15 - Gary Seifert

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 Nov 26 10:00 am Thursday Nov 28 8:00 am
Mabelene Grieg Grellner Cale & Catherine Monroe
Wednesday Nov 27 7:00 pm FRIDAY Nov 29 No Mass
Elvira C. Starke -
SUNDAY Dec 1 8:00 am SATURDAY Nov 30 6:00 pm
Amsbert Kemper For the People

** Schedule for Masses for Thanksgiving – Wednesday (Nov. 27) at 7:00 p.m. at Assumption & Thursday (Nov. 28) at 8:00 a.m. at MPH.

++Note – There will be no Mass on Friday for the coming week.

  Sunday evening is the Chamois area Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at 6:30 to be held at MPH. The Morrison/Pershing area Service is on Wednesday at 7 pm at Ryors. This is the one time each year when we gather with other Christians in thanksgiving for all God has done for us, and especially for our country. I encourage everyone to attend.
     “I again encourage you to use Assumption’s gift card program for your holiday buying and gifts. I’ve placed some pink order forms in the back of MPH, and will be glad to get them to Jamie Koenigsfeld for you. (You need to include a check made payable to St. George Scrip!).
     “By the way, we still have just a few copies of our Anniversary book available for $25. There are also MPH ornaments and Fred Schollmeyer prints available for $5.
     “Wishing you and your family many blessings this Thanksgiving.”...Fr. Dave 

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Services – 1) Chamois - SUNDAY (Nov. 24) at 6:30 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church.  Reception following in MPH hall.  Bring snack to share if you’d like. 2) Morrison – Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7:00 p.m. at Ryors Church.

Coat Drive - The Chamois-Morrison FFA Chapter is having a winter coat and clothing drive until Dec. 13.  Items can be dropped off at school from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm or during home ball games.  Proceeds will be sent to Good Shepherd Pantry in Linn.  If you have questions, please call Kate Kuschel at 573-298-1733.  Thank you!


Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/13-6/30/14 $46,800.00 $30,524.00
Budget goal per month $3,900.00 $2,544.00
Weekly goal $900.00 $587.00
Collection - Nov 3 $907 $807
Nov 10 $1,240 $461
Nov 17 $363 $763
Nov 24    
To date for Nov $2,510 $2,031
Offertory budget goal 7/1/13-11/17/13 $18,000 $11,740
Sunday collection 7/1/13-11/17/13 $15,818 $12,126
Difference -$2,182 $386

Question of the Week – As you think about Jesus on the cross, having compassion on the “good thief,” what lesson do you draw from it for your own life?

Handbells Rehearsal – Tues., Nov. 26, 7:00 p.m.

December Contribution Envelopes are available in the back of church.

PSR News – There will be no PSR classes on Wed., Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving.

Bulletin Deadline for this week is Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 9:30 a.m.

The Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) provides funding for groups that make lasting change and uplift the poor in the United States. In the last five years, over 36% of CCHD’s grants have gone to improving education, supporting economic development, and improving housing in low-income neighborhoods. Help us continue to defend human dignity and take poverty off the map. Give generously to the CCHD collection.  If you forgot your donation this weekend, just drop it in the collection basket next weekend.

Congratulations to Olivia Grace Kuschel, daughter of Kurt and Katie Kuschel, who received the sacrament of Baptism Sunday, November 17, at Assumption Church!


Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                      __Goal__     Pledged     #  Participants
MPH                 $2,666        $1,965               21
Assumption      $3,000        $2,250               16

Thanksgiving Pie Sales – Washington DC kids are selling pies for Thanksgiving at the Catholic hall Wed., Nov. 27, from 4-7 p.m.  $10/1st pie, $8/each after that.  Can pre-order by calling Kim Ames 573-690-3915, Kathy Mehmert 573-690-3384, or any DC kid.  Pies also available for purchase that day.  Monetary donations accepted.  Heidi Ames & Karina Mehmert selling from our parish.

Calendar of Parish Events – Nov/Dec
Nov 26  - Handbells Rhrsl
Nov 27 – No PSR Classes
             -  7 PM Thanksgiving Mass AS
Nov 28 – 8 AM Thanksgiving Mass MPH
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Nov 30/Dec 1 – Philippines Typhoon Coll
Dec 2  - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
Dec 3  - Handbells Rhrsl
Dec 4  - AS Prayer Group (Cath DVD) 10 AM
           -  PSR Classes
Dec 10 – Handbells Rhrsl
Dec 11 – PSR/Reconciliation Service
Dec 12 – MPH Reconciliation Service
Dec 15 – Xmas Tour of Churches/Homes &
                Handbells Concert
Dec 18 – PSR Xmas Party
Dec 24 – 4:45 PM Mass MPH

  1. 7:45 PM Mass AS

Dec 25 – 9 AM Mass MPH
– No PSR Classes
Dec 31 – 6 PM Mass MPH

Jan 1    - 9 AM Mass AS

Pro-Life Rosary – Monday, Dec. 2, at 9:00 a.m. in MPH church.

Seeking Christ for Our Nation Mass – Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at St. George in Linn.

MPH Hall Cleaners for December – Dale & Lana Hackmann, Sean Hackmann, Amy Jett.  (Please remember to fill out the Group Volunteer Time Sheet located in the kitchen.)

Rural Life Day “Creation: The Common Denominator” - Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the chancery. $25 in advance.  For more info, 573/635-7719,

Thank You from the Hermann Food Pantry and the Good Shepherd Center for your generous donations!

Mass & Reception for Carmelites – Sunday, Dec. 1, at 3:00 p.m. in St. Joe’s Cathedral. 

Social Events Elsewhere – 1) Holiday concerts at Starkenburg Nov. 30 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Details on poster in back of church. 2) Fall Supper at Freeburg parish Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Advent Speaker Series – A presentation of The Ghost of Christmas, Past, Present & Future at Holy Family Church in Freeburg on 3 different days: Friday, Dec. 6, Dec. 13 & Thurs., Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. Will consist of caroling, drama & a brief reflection. 

Assumption Fundraiser News – 1) Fish Fry at Chamois Day – gross income was $2,384.00 minus expenses of $662.09 (which included start-up change) = net profit of $1,721.91.  2) Fall Dinner – gross deposit $6,610.30 minus expenses of $2,266.79 (which includes the start-up change of $700) = $4,343.51 net income.  3) Breakfast – served 119 adults and 7 children.  Gross income was $1,324.25 (meals $901, bake sale $207.25, sausage sold $198, 50/50 drawing $18).  Net income will be reported once all bills are received.

Christmas Party – December 10, 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at Morrison Community Center.  MWA furnishing soup, crackers, drinks, table service.  Please bring salad or Xmas cookies/bars for dessert.  Cards and games, maybe a surprise.  If planning to attend, please call Marlo Bockting 294-6613 by Dec. 5.  Guests welcome.  Sponsored by MWA Senior Chapter.

Bishop’s Letter – Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines
My Brothers and Sisters,
           Just as the sheer force of Typhoon Haiyan – winds at 200 mph –is impossible to imagine, so too is the devastation it left behind.  We’ve seen the pictures of complete villages destroyed, of survivors searching for bodies, of homeless mothers holding their hungry babies, but we can’t know the pain, the fear, and the loss of millions of Filipinos.
           There were over 4,000 lives to date lost in this colossal storm:  people beaten to death by a wall of water, people drowned far from the sea, people killed by flying debris.  There was an interview of one young woman who described how, as she was desperately fighting to keep her head above the rising water, the body of her mother floated by.  There was nothing more that she could do other than to fight to keep breathing.  The stories of horror seem endless.
           There were other stories though.  There was a young woman, pregnant and due at the onslaught of the storm, who was swept away and feared lost.  Her husband found her floating among the flotsam.  He pulled her to safety where she gave birth to their little girl, Bea Joy. 
           There is the statue of Jesus Christ on Calgary Hill on the outskirts of Tacloban City on the island of Leyte.  It is now surrounded by fallen trees and flattened homes.  It stands unscathed, no doubt due more to physics than any miracle, but, like Bea Joy, it is a sign of hope for all.
           Our hearts go out to all the suffering in the Philippines.  We can’t bring back their loved ones or their homes, but we can be another sign of hope.  Our contributions to the special collection for the victims of Haiyan next weekend will help Catholic Relief Services provide food, shelter, and medicines to some of the millions affected by this storm.  It will keep CRS in these areas to help rebuild their homes, their cities, and their lives. 
           As we generously reach out to our Filipino brothers and sisters, we pray for them as well.  We particularly pray for Father Dandi Bermejo and all the Filipino members of our Diocese who struggle through this difficult time so far from their homes and families.  May they all find strength in their faith.
         Sincerely yours in faith, Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City

Note:  Envelopes are available in the back of church specifically marked for “Victims of Typhoon Haiyan”.  You may use these for your donation, or you may mark an envelope likewise and drop in the collection basket.