Nov 28, 2010

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. (St. Mary's) and
Sun 8:00 a.m. (Assumption)

Mass times switched Oct 9-10!!

SUNDAY COLLECTIONST. MARY’S: $665.00 Interior Renovation $135.00
(Nov 21, 2010) Good Shepherd Center $6.00 CHD $114.00
 ASSUMPTION: $255.00 CHD $224.00


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 11/28 Joe Budnik, 12/5 Danny Lamb, 12/12 Larry Kuebler, 12/19 Gayle Hackmann

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

TUESDAY Nov. 30 10:00 am WEDNESDAY** Dec. 1 8:00 am**
Ruth Ann Lieneke Paul Mehmert
THURSDAY Dec. 2 8:00 am FRIDAY Dec. 3 8:00 am
Gladys Mary Hagner Otto & Florence Boss
SUNDAY Dec. 5 8:00 am SATURDAY Dec. 4 6:00 pm
For the people Chick Keilholz

**Mass Time on Wednesday - Wednesday’s Mass at St. Mary’s will be at 8:00 a.m. for the coming week.

Text Box:  “Today we begin our Season of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation for the Feast of Christmas. Unfortunately, it is a busy time of year, we are busy with many things, and, of course, most of them are necessary. Christmas itself demands extra time in decorating and cooking, in choir practice and school activities. We spend time with family and friends, which is very important. But do we also have time for God? What will we be doing to prepare for Christ’s coming into our hearts and lives again? Many of our Christmas activities are for God – if we consciously make it so. We can decorate our house, and church, to prepare a welcome for Christ! We express our love for others in the Christmas cards we send and the parties we attend! We share our gifts from God as we sing and perform – an offering of prayer and praise to our Christ! Let’s not get caught up in the materialism or activities of this time, but remember to keep Christ in this Season. We have a small gift to help you celebrate this season – a booklet – Five Minutes with the Word. Surely you can find 5 minutes a day to reflect on God’s word as you prepare for this Christmas Season.
     “We encourage everyone to prepare by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will be having parish Reconciliation Services this Wednesday, and I am available before and after Mass, or anytime. Please come and give yourself this gift of a clean heart.
     “Anyone wanting to prepare a musical piece or be part of a small choir for Christmas Eve, please let me know. Morrison will be practicing after Mass on Sunday mornings, and Chamois to be determined.
     “Don’t forget about the Catholic Stewardship Appeal. We’re 25% participation or less at both parishes. We need to support the diocese if we want them to support us.
     “A blessed Advent to you all”...Fr. Dave

Vigil for All Nascent Human Life - Bishop John R. Gaydos will lead the Diocese in Vespers Prayer on November 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral.  Everyone is invited to come as we begin the Advent Season by praying for all human life as we prepare for the birth of the Child Jesus on Christmas Day.

Community Advent/Christmas Events - 1) Advent services at Deer Creek Church Sunday, Nov. 28, at 6:00 p.m.  2) Tour of Churches - Sunday, Dec. 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  3) Christmas Cantata - Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4:45 p.m. at Methodist Church.  Reception following.

Advent Reconciliation Services - Wednesday, December 1, at 5:00 p.m. at Assumption Church and at 7:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) - Thank you for your contributions to the CCHD!  Your generosity has laid the foundation for important systemic changes in low-income communities all over the U.S.  Through CCHD & its beneficiaries, we manifest Catholic social teaching and carry out Jesus’ mission to “bring glad tidings to the poor/to proclaim liberty to captives/recovery of sight to the blind/to let the oppressed go free.”

Handbell Choir Rehearsal this week - Monday, Nov. 29, at 7:00 p.m. 

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/09-6/30/10 $42,120.00 $34,320.00
Budget goal per month $3,510.00 $2,860.00
Weekly goal $810.00 $660.00
Collection - Nov. 7 $601.00 $1,107.00
Nov. 14 $729.00 $606.00
Nov. 21 $665.00 $255.00
Nov. 28    
To date for November $1,995.00 $1,968.00
Offertory budget goal 7/1/10-11/21/10 $17,010.00 $13,860.00
Sunday collection 7/1/10-11/21/10 $15,236.00 $12,710.00
Difference -$1,773.00 -$1,149.00

Advent - With Advent starting up (this Sunday, Nov. 28), please take a few minutes a day, maybe five minutes, and use “five minutes with the Word” to grow closer to the Lord before Christmas.  Spending just a few minutes a day reading “five minutes with the Word” magazine will dramatically change your experience during Advent from one of commercialization to spiritual openness.  Copies are available in the back of church.  Please pick one up for your family and start a new Christmas tradition!

St. Mary’s Maintenance Committee Meeting - Thursday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome.

? Of the Week - What is one thing you can do during Advent to prepare for the coming of the Son of Man?

Community of Faith Choir Practice - Thursday, Dec. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at Methodist Church.

St. Mary’s Hall Cleaners for December - Mike/Kathy Mehmert, Jerry/Clarine Means. 

December Contribution Envelopes are available in the back of church.

First Friday (this week) Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus consists of attending Mass and receiving Holy Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays. 

PSR News - On Wednesday, December 1, afternoon PSR classes will meet as usual and evening PSR classes will meet at 7:00 p.m. but will proceed to the Advent reconciliation service at 7:15 p.m.  Wednesday, Dec. 8, is the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a holyday of obligation.  Afternoon PSR classes will meet as usual; evening PSR classes will meet at 7:00 p.m., then proceed to the 7:15 p.m. Mass for the holyday. 

Chamois-Morrison FFA Is Hosting a Winter Clothing Drive for the Osage County Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is in need of children’s sizes 5-14. The places to drop off winter clothes are the Osage County R-1 School (AG department) and MNM Grocery Store. A drop off point is Assumption Catholic Church in Morrison on November 28th and December 5th 8-9 AM. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Kate Kuschel at or 573-763-5666.

Holyday of Obligation - Wednesday, Dec. 8, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a holyday of obligation.  Mass is being offered at 7:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s that day.

PSR Service Project - Again this year our PSR students have adopted a family for Christmas as part of the Osage Caring Project Christmas Wish Program.  There aren’t many PSR students, so they are hoping members of both parishes can help out.  The family consists of a mother, 2 year old boy, and 7 year old girl.  Special needs:  mother/family - personal care products; 2 year old boy - crib sheets, snow boots (size 2), long johns (size 2T), favorite color blue; 7 year old girl - boots (size 6), coat (size 4T), favorite color blue.  If you wish, you can bring a gift, make a monetary donation toward the purchase of gifts for the family, or give a gift card.  If you need more details, please contact Mary Jane Starke 763-5595.  All gifts must be brought to St. Mary’s hall by Wednesday, December 8.  Thank you so much from the PSR students.

PSR Christmas Pageant - Mark your calendars to attend a Christmas pageant by our PSR students on Saturday, December 18, after the 6:00 p.m. Mass.  Refreshments following.

Keep in Your Prayers the five Confirmation students as they prepare for this special sacrament.

FFA Is Selling Poinsettias again this year. They are $7.00 per plant. We have a limited number and they tend to go fast so order soon. You can order by contacting Mrs. Kate Kuschel at or 573-763-5666. Delivery may be available upon request. Thank you for your support of the Chamois-Morrison FFA.

MWA Christmas Dinner - Make plans to join us this holiday season with a potluck dinner on Dec. 14 from 12 noon-3:00 p.m. at Morrison Community Center.  Cards or dominoes following dinner.  Drinks & table service provided; please bring covered dish. Drawings held for door prizes. Guests are welcome. Sponsored by MWA Senior.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613.

Text Box:  Funfest - The Funfest for November and December will be December 15 at 1:30 p.m. Vernon Kolbush is coming to sing for us.

Music Director Position - St. Joseph Cathedral has an immediate opening for an experienced choir director for the part-time position of Parish Music Minister. Duties include directing the choir & oversight of the parish music program. St. Joseph has well developed, active music ministries. Interested persons should submit a resume to: St. Joseph Cathedral, 2305 West Main, Jefferson City, MO 65109; 573-635-7991.

December Liturgy Assignments are in “Ministry Assignments” section of website.

Pro-Life Rosary - Monday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church.

Stewardship Quote - The Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect. Good stewards know that they are accountable to God for all they have and are, and they strive to live in readiness for His coming.

Rural Life Day - Saturday, December 4, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Chancery in Jeff.  Theme “Rural Community: Perspectives 20th-21st Century.”  For info/to register, see brochure in back of church, or contact diocesan Social Concerns Office 573-635-9127 ext. 225, email

Vocation Blurb - Be not afraid of going deeper into the mystery of Christ. Check out

"Christmas Tree" St. George Rectory Tour in Hermann - December 11 & 12 - 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  Goodwill offering at door benefits the Hermann ministerial alliance as they assist the needy in community and beyond.  For more info, contact St. George 573-486-2723, or email

Fall Festival at Holy Family parish in Freeburg Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


Calendar of Parish Events - Nov/Dec

Nov 29 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Nov      - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- StM Good Shep Cntr Coll
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dec 1  - AS Prayer Group 10:30 AM
- Advent Recon Service AS & StM
Dec 2  - StM Maintenance Comm Mtg
Dec 4  - Men’s Group (TMIY) Mtg
Dec 6  - Pro-Life Rosary StM 9 AM
- Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Dec 8  - Imm Conc - Holyday
- Deadline PSR Xmas Wishes Project
Dec 11 - Men’s Group (TMIY) Mtg
Dec 13 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Dec 15 - Heart of Mary Funfest
Dec 18 - PSR Xmas Pageant
Dec 20 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Dec 22 - No PSR classes
- Bulletin deadline for Dec 26 bltn
Dec 24 - 4:30 PM Mass at AS
- 9:30 PM Mass at StM
Dec 25 - 9 AM Mass at StM
- NO Saturday PM Mass
Dec 24/25 - Voc/Pr Ret Coll
Dec 26 - 8 AM Mass at AS
- 10 AM Mass at StM
Dec 29 - No PSR classes
Dec 31 - 8 AM Mass at StM
- 5 PM Mass at AS
Dec      - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- StM Sam Cntr Coll
Jan 1    - 9 AM Mass at StM
- 6 PM Mass at StM


Catholic Stewardship Appeal
GoalReceived% participation
St. Mary's$2,666 $1,830 22%
Assumption$2,963 $1,605 25%






Bishop Gaydos’ Advent Pastoral Letter

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we stand before this season of Advent 2010, we together prepare to enter into a new liturgical year as the Lord's holy people. Like the beginning of any new year, Advent is a graced opportunity for us to reflect back with love on the many ways in which the Lord has come to us, our families, our parishes, and our whole Diocese. It is a time to appreciate with renewed faith how the Lord Jesus continues to come among us through the marvelous workings of grace; how we are nourished and sustained by His Word and Sacraments. It is also a time for us all to look ahead with joyful hope, trusting that the Lord's promise of salvation continues to be fulfilled among us.

My sincere prayer for each and everyone of you is that this Advent season may be a new beginning in our lives as disciples. Together, let's make these coming weeks before Christmas the truest kind of pilgrimage to the Holy Land - the kind that truly readies each of our hearts to welcome our Redeemer.

Sincerely yours in Christ

Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City