Dec. 1, 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)

Nov. 24, 2013 CCHD $145.00 Food Pantry $10.00
 ASSUMPTION: $492.00 Food Pantry $15.00
  fuel $70.00 CCHD $225.00


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 12/1 - Larry Kuebler, 12/8 - Gayle Hackmann, 12/15 - Gary Seifert, 12/22 - Joe Budnik

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 Dec 3 10:00 am Wednesday Dec 4 6:00 pm
Means Family Henry & Della Jett
Thursday Dec 6 8:00 am FRIDAY Dec 6 8:00 am
John B. Boehmer Hiney & Alpha Richard
SUNDAY Dec 8 8:00 am SATURDAY Dec 7 6:00 pm
Urban Rost For the People

Advent is again upon us - our time of preparing our hearts, and world, for our celebration of Christ’s incarnation. While these weeks should be a time of prayer and reflection, I know that we are literally at war with the world. What is a Christian to do? First of all, let’s not surrender to the world, saying have it only your way. At the same time we don’t have to dig in, saying everything about the world is evil and to be avoided. Let us use all the world gives us to make Christ more present. Let’s decorate our houses for Christ, and when we see Christmas decorations, rejoice in Christ. When we party, let’s give Christ thanks for the gift of family and friends, and celebrate as if Christ were present. Even the buying and giving of gifts, a tradition started by the Magi, can celebrate our love for another and recognition of the gift of Christ in that person. Perhaps all we need is to do, is to do everything intentionally for Christ. May He bless you and your family this Advent season.”...Fr. Dave 

Community Advent ServiceSunday, Dec. 1, 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter Church—Deer.

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!

Children’s Education Initiative – If you have not yet signed the petition for this proposed constitutional amendment that will expand educational opportunities to public & non-public school children, petition circulators will be available next weekend after both Masses for those who wish to do so.  If sufficient signatures are gathered, this proposal will be considered at the November 2014 election.


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 $748 $492
To date for Nov $3,258 $2,523
Offertory budget goal 7/1/13-11/24/13 $18,900 $12,327
Sunday collection 7/1/13-11/24/13 $16,566 $12,618
Difference -$2,334 $291

Question of the Week – As you prepare to re-welcome Christ into your heart while you prepare for Christmas, what does Isaiah call you to do? What does Isaiah call us as a people to do?

Handbells Rehearsal – Tues., Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m.

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

Blood Drive – Thursday, Dec. 12, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at St.  John’s UCC in Chamois.

Attn. Assumption Parishioners - Church will be decorated for Christmas next Sunday, Dec. 8, after Mass.

Advent Penance Services – Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:00 p.m. at MPH.  Other area penance services (at 7:00 p.m.): Loose Creek Dec. 11, Westphalia Dec.17, Linn Dec. 19.

Special Collection for Victims of Typhoon in Philippines is this weekend.  If you forgot your donation this weekend, just put in an envelope designated to the typhoon and drop in the collection basket next weekend.

Tour of Churches & Homes – Sunday, Dec. 15, noon-6:00 p.m.  Handbells concert, music at 6:00 p.m. at St. John’s UCC, followed by chili & goodies.

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.

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                      __Goal__     Pledged     #  Participants
MPH                 $2,666        $2,335               24
Assumption      $3,000        $2,275               17

CSA - Your support is important for the continuing health and vitality of the diocesan ministries that serve our parish.  Please carefully review the gifts God has given you and in faith continue to support the work of our diocese.  God bless you.

Calendar of Parish Events – Dec

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 Celebration
Dec 24 – 4:45 PM Mass MPH

7:45 PM Mass AS

Dec 25 – 9 AM Mass MPH
– No PSR Classes
Dec 24/25 – Voc/Pr Ret Coll
Dec 31 – 6 PM Mass MPH

Jan 1    - 9 AM Mass AS

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

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

“Evening of Remembrance” - Sunday, December 8, from 3-5 p.m. at Morton Chapel in Linn.  Look at the trees, watch the memorial DVD and enjoy some refreshments with friends and family.  If you would like your loved one’s name added to one of the trees, please contact Morton Chapel at 897-2214.

One Human Family, Food for All - On Tuesday, December 10, Pope Francis will launch a worldwide movement to respond to the needs of the poor and vulnerable in our midst by praying and acting to end hunger.  Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Relief Services are joining forces to support this campaign “One Human Family, Food for All.”  You are invited to join them in prayer at noon, local time, Tuesday, Dec. 10, for the campaign kickoff.  Pledge your prayerful participation at  

Health Insurance Marketplace Education and Enrollment Opportunity - Chamois School Library, December 2.  Enrollment 6 - 8 p.m.  Presentations at 7 p.m.

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.)

Social Events Elsewhere – 1) Fall Supper at Freeburg parish Dec. 8, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 2) Hermann Methodist Choir Concert at St. James UCC-Morrison Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.  Refreshments following, free will offering for victims of storms in Illinois and the Philippines.

Bishop’s Advent Pastoral Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
During Advent our Church throughout the world waits in expectation for the return of her Savior in beauty and glory.  The prayer of the Church, “Come, Lord Jesus” expresses our hope that the salvation promised us in Christ will be ours when He returns. 
As we have just closed the Year of Faith and enter into a new liturgical year, our celebration of Advent focuses us on the power of prayer and the goodness of charity.  We are surrounded by individuals who are hurt, lost and wounded.  Our Advent meditations urge us to assist these people in a renewed sense of community. 
Finally, I encourage each of you in your homes and families to maintain a spirit of prayer during these days of Advent.  The world wishes us to forget about Advent, but we should not.  Amidst the many influences of the world, this liturgical season can bring us a true inner strength and peace.  Despite our many responsibilities, anxieties and concerns during the holiday season, let us turn our hearts to Jesus.  I assure all of you of my own prayerful support in the Lord and in Mary Immaculate during this Advent time of spiritual rebirth. 
With my best wishes and personal regards, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City