December 14 - 3rd 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

SUNDAY COLLECTION MOST PURE HEART: $1,461.00 Voc/Priests $40.00
Dec 7, 2014 fuel $25.00 Food Pantry $37.00
  ASSUMPTION: $845.00 Voc/Priests $30.00
  candles $3.00 Food Pantry $61.00



12/14 - Danny Lamb, 12/21 - Larry Kuebler, 12/28 - Gayle Hackmann, 1/4 - Gary Seifert


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


Tuesday Dec 16 10:00 am Wednesday Dec 17 6 pm
Dorothy Nolte Jane Keilholz
Thursday Dec 18 10 am Friday Dec 19 8 am
Lester, Ruth & Steven Lieneke Al & Anita Duffner
SUNDAY Dec 21 8:00 am SATURDAY Dec 20 6:00 pm
For the People Otto Boss

“This is ‘Rejoicing Sunday’. We rejoice in the coming of Christ at Christmas. We should be filled with the joy of this Holy Season. I pray these days before Christmas and this entire holiday season will be filled with great joy for you, your family, and all your loved ones.”…Fr. Dave

Xmas Tour of Churches/Homes & Xmas ConcertSUNDAY, 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. 

Advent Penance Services – 1) MPHTuesday, Dec. 16, at 7:00 p.m.  2) Dec. 17 at Westphalia at 7:00 p.m.

PSR News – 1) Dec. 17 – PSR Xmas celebration.  Each PSR family is asked to bring one dozen cookies to share.  2) Dec. 24 & 31 – No PSR classes.  3) Jan. 7 – PSR classes resume.

Jared Box Project (a shoebox size plastic storage box filled with small gifts, toys, cards & games) lifts the spirits of chronically ill children.  The Chamois Lady Pirates basketball team will be assembling boxes & delivering them to hospitals in Columbia.  If you would like to donate items for the boxes, they can be dropped off at Chamois High School until Dec. 19.  For a list of items needed, see poster in back of church.  Cash donations also accepted.

Poinsettia Donations – Anyone wishing to donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one for Christmas, please put them in back of church anytime.
Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/13-6/30/14 $48,120.00 $35,380.00*
Budget goal per month $4,010.00 $2,950.00*
Weekly goal $925.00 $680.00*
Collection - Dec 7 $1,461 $845
Dec 14    
Dec 21    
Dec 28    
To date for Dec. $1,461 $845
Offertory budget goal 7/1/14-12/7/14 $21,275 $15,640
Sunday collection 7/1/14-12/7/14 $25,575 $17,752
Difference $5,300 $2,112

Question of the Week - If you were to write three suggestions for those who follow Jesus, to keep them strong in their faith, what would you write?

Nursing Home Mass – A Mass will be offered for “Rick Fuhrman” on Friday, Dec. 19, at 10:00 a.m. at Linn Community Skilled Care in Linn.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Bulletin Deadline for December 28 Bulletin is Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 9:30 a.m.

TEC (Teens Encounter Christ) Weekend – Jan. 17-19 at Immaculate Conception parish in Jeff.  For info,

*adjusted to reflect all offertory items for this fiscal year.

TV Mass for the Homebound – For people who cannot get to church because of illness or bad weather, “My Sunday Mass on TV” offers spiritual comfort and hope.  Compassionate homilies, an inspirational prayer for spiritual communion during distribution of the Eucharist, and closed-captioning for the hearing impaired enable the homebound to experience the blessings of Sunday Mass.  Heart of the Nation, a nonprofit Catholic ministry, provides the weekly TV Mass online and on broadcast, cable, and satellite channels.  For a complete channel guide, visit or call 1-855-855-6277.

CSA - We thank all who have generously responded to the annual CSA.  Your generosity helps address the most pressing pastoral, educational and charitable needs of our Local Church.  Please help us reach our parish goal!

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

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Enrollment Opportunity - Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osage Library in Linn on Jefferson Street.  To be served promptly, please call for an appointment at 573-424-6029.  The enrollment specialist is Kevin Wehner.  Public Service announcements for Affordable Care Act Health Insurance do not represent an endorsement of this product by Most Pure Heart of Mary or Assumption Churches.


Calendar of Parish Events – Dec

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      $1,775               20

Assumption     $3,479      $2,895               21


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

Events Elsewhere – 1) St. George in Hermann rectory Christmas open house Dec. 13/14, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; soup & sandwich luncheon in church basement 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  2) Breakfast at Starkenburg Dec. 14, 7:00-11:00 a.m. 3) Peter Mayer Christmas Concert on December 20 at St. George in Linn at 7:00 p.m.  For info/tickets, visit Legends Bank or  4) K of C Breakfast at Linn Dec. 21.  5) Hermann Methodist Choir cantata "A Christmas Promise" on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at St. James UCC in Morrison.  Refreshments following.  Everyone invited.