November 30 - 1st Sunday Advent, 2014

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: SUN 8:00 a.m. at Assumption - Morrison and
Sat 6:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart - Chamois

Nov. 23, 2014        
  ASSUMPTION: $1008.00 CCHD $150.00
  candles $12.50 Food Pantry $43.00



11/30 - Gary Seifert, 12/7 - Joe Budnik, 12/14 - Danny Lamb, 12/21 - Larry Kuebler


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


Monday Dec 2 10 am Wednesday Dec 3 6 pm
John B. Boehmer Shirley Riegel
Thursday Dec 4 10 am Friday Dec 5 8 am
Mabel Renkemeyer Betty Ellis
SUNDAY Dec 7 8:00 am SATURDAY Dec 6 6:00 pm
Viola Luebbert For the people

“Today we begin our Season of Advent! We spend these next four weeks preparing for the feast of the beginning of our salvation – the coming into the world of our Lord and Savior. Will we prepare well? There is much going on that could detract us from the true meaning of the season, but it need not be so. With the right intention, always remembering the real reason why we are doing something we can make our December activities truly Advent events, preparing our hearts to welcome Christ. Simply do all, intentionally, for Christ, and out of love for Christ. At the same time we can do that better by being sure we do something just for Christ – take some extra time, even just a few minutes, of prayer or reflection, spend some time in quiet, or visit a church. God will not be outdone in generosity, whatever we give to him will be repaid a hundredfold.”…Fr. Dave

Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on Monday, December 8.  This is a holy day of obligation.  Masses for this holy day are being offered on Monday (Dec. 8) – at 10:00 a.m. at Assumption and at 6:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary.

Annual Advent Service at St. Peter’s UCC at Deer Sunday, Nov. 30, at 6:00 p.m.

Advent Penance Services – 1) MPH – Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. for PSR students and parents & Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7:00 p.m.  2) Elsewhere (at 7:00 p.m. unless noted otherwise) – Dec. 3 at Freeburg, Dec. 7 (1:00 p.m.) at Frankenstein, Dec. 9 at Linn, Dec. 10 at Loose Creek, Dec. 11 at Rich Fountain, Dec. 17 at Westphalia.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/13-6/30/14 $48,120.00 $31,200.00
Budget goal per month $4,010.00 $2,600.00
Weekly goal $925.00 $600.00
Collection - Nov. 2 $1824 $919
Nov. 9 $515 $614
Nov. 16 $415 $432
Nov 23 $653 $1,008
Nov 30    
To date for Nov. $3,407 $2,973
Offertory budget goal 7/1/14-11/23/14 $19,425 $12,600
Sunday collection 7/1/14-11/23/14 $24,130 $14,777
Difference $4,705 $2,177

CSA - We thank all who have generously given to the annual CSA.  And we ask those who have not sent in your pledge to please join us in supporting the ministries of our local Church.

Question of the Week -. When you’re getting ready to receive a guest, what are some things you do? How do you apply this to receiving Christ?

Handbells Practice – Tues., Dec. 2, in MPH hall.

December Contribution Envelopes are available in the back of church.

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

Assumption Prayer Group on Wednesday, Dec. 3, (10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.) will be led by Fr. Dave.  All are welcome. 

Osage R-1 Xmas Concert – Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3:00 p.m., followed by chili supper.

Xmas Tour of Churches/Homes & Xmas Concert – Sunday, Dec. 14. Tour churches/homes noon-5:00 p.m.  Xmas concert featuring handbell choir and others at 5:00 p.m. in Most Pure Heart of Mary Church.  Reception to follow in MPH hall.  Attn. MPH Parishioners – Donations of crockpots of soup or cake or other dessert are needed for the reception.  If you are willing to donate one (or more) items, please call Viv Boss 763-5928, Clarine Means 763-5667,or Kim Trachsel 763-5442.  Thank you.


Holiday Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)    -- 4:45 p.m. at Assumption and 7:45 p.m. at Most Pure Heart
Christmas Day (Dec. 25)    -- 9:00 a.m. at Assumption
New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)   -- 6:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart
New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)     -- 10:00 a.m. at Assumption


Calendar of Parish Events – Dec
Dec 2  - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
              (note date change!)
           - Handbells Practice
Dec 3  - AS Prayer Group 10 AM
           - PSR Classes
Dec 8  - Holy Day of Obligation
            - 10 AM Mass AS
            -  6 PM Mass MPH
Dec 9  - Handbells Practice
Dec 10 – PSR Classes/Penance Serv
Dec 14 – Tour of Churches/Homes
              - Handbells Concert
Dec 16 – MPH Penance Service
Dec 17 – PSR Xmas Celebration
Dec 24 – 4:45 PM Mass AS
              - 7:45 PM Mass MPH
              - NO PSR Classes
Dec 25 – 9:00 AM Mass AS
Dec 24/25- Voc/Pr Ret Coll
Dec 31 – NO PSR Classes
             - 6 PM Mass MPH Jan 1   - 10 AM Mass AS

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                        Goal__   Pledged   # Participants 
MPH                $3,439      $1,672               19

Assumption     $3,479      $2,890               20


Poinsettia Donations – Anyone wishing to donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one for Christmas, please put them in back of church anytime.

Bookmobile coming to Chamois Dec. 1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. near fire station.

Blood Drive – Thursday, Dec. 11, 2:30-6:30 p.m. at St. John UCC in Chamois.

Seeking Christ for our Nation Mass – Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at St. George in Linn.

MPH Hall Cleaners for December – Teresa Skaggs, Nick & Crystal Schollmeyer.  (Please remember to fill out Group Volunteer Time Sheet located in kitchen.)

“The Nutracker” Advent Series – at Holy Family Church in Freeburg at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 5, Dec. 12, & Dec. 18.

Events Elsewhere – 1) St. George School in Hermann bazaar & auction on Dec. 7.  2) Fall Supper at Freeburg Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 3) “Christmas Time is Here” at Miller Performing Arts Center in Jeff on Dec. 13 at 7:00 p.m. 4) Live Nativity Dec. 13, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the “stable” at 4th & Guttenberg St. in Hermann.  Free.  Everyone welcome. 5) Breakfast at Starkenburg Dec. 14, 7:00-11:00 a.m.

Year of Consecrated Life - Pope Francis proclaimed 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life, starting the First Sunday of Advent (Nov 29/30, 2014) & ending Feb. 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life; and has called the entire Church to celebrate together the gifts which religious congregations have contributed in living Jesus’ mission within diverse realities.  The overall purposes of the year, as stated by the Vatican, are to make a grateful remembrance of the recent past, live the present with passion, and embrace the future with hope.

Marriage Challenges?  Retrouvaille has helped thousands of couples with marital problems & crises, even couples who are separated and divorced.  The next program begins with the weekend of Feb. 6-8, 2015.  For further info, call 1-800-470-2230 or visit

Thanks – Good Shepherd Center and Hermann Food Pantry send their sincere “thank you” for your generous contributions and support.

Bishop’s Advent Pastoral Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On this final Sunday in November, we celebrate the beginning of a new year of grace as we enter into the season of Advent.  Looking back upon all the recent violence and suffering that has been experienced both in foreign countries and within our local communities, there is a renewed longing for the coming of God’s Kingdom.  We place our trust in the Lord’s promise that He will return in glory at the end of the age, and we wait in joyful expectation for His love to be born once again in each of our hearts.  So we welcome these days of Advent by echoing the cry of the Church throughout the centuries:  Maranatha! “Come, Lord Jesus!”
These days of Advent also provide us an opportunity to focus more deeply on the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  While she joyfully awaited the birth of Jesus, Mary did not isolate herself, but shared with those around her the message of hope announced by the angel Gabriel.  As Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical Evangelii Gaudium, “She is the woman of prayer and work in Nazareth, and she is also Our Lady of Help, who sets out from her town “with haste” (Lk1:39) to be of service to others.”
Advent is a wonderful time to pay a visit to our neighbors who are homebound, who struggle with infirmities, or who find their faith difficult to practice.  By meditating on the love God has for us, in imitation of Mary Immaculate, we will find the inspiration to share ourselves with those who thirst to be loved.
With my best wishes and personal regards, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ…Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City