December 18, 2011

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 St. Mary's -Chamois (til Apr) and
Sun 8:00 a.m. at Assumption - Morrison (til Apr)

SUNDAY COLLECTIONST. MARY’S: $941.00 Samaritan Center $31.00
(Dec 11, 2011) Voc/priest ret $20.00    
 ASSUMPTION: $597.00    
  Herman Food $20.00    


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 12/18 - Joe Budnik, 12/25 - Danny Lamb, 1/1 - Larry Kuebler, 1/8 - Gayle Hackmann

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 20 10:00 am WEDNESDAY Dec 21 6:00 pm
Alphonse & pearl Birk Regina M. Stewart
THURSDAY Dec 22 8:00 am FRIDAY Dec 23 8:00 am
LeRoy Witthaus Rev Joseph Starmann
SATURDAY Dec 24 9:30 pm      
Urban Rost  
SUNDAY Dec 25 9:00 am** SATURDAY Dec 24 4:30 pm
For the people Micah Starke

**Christmas Mass Schedule -
     Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) - 4:30 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary & 9:30 p.m. at Assumption
     Christmas Day (Dec. 25) - 9:00 a.m. at Assumption

Text Box:  “Today we begin the octave before Christmas - an even more special time of preparation for the Coming of Christ. We could say it’s our last-minute preparation. I’m sure we’ll all be out at the stores and malls, but what about our hearts and souls? If we haven’t used this Advent for making a place for Christ to come anew, there’s still a week left. Let’s use this last week of Advent to really open our hearts to the presence of the Newborn Christ Child, to receive Him in a special way, and carry Him into the New Year and into our lives.
     “I should be here all this week. I’m available for confession anytime anyone wants to call or stop by. I’ll make an effort to be in church on Wednesday evening from 5 – 6 pm, Friday after morning Mass, and Saturday from 3 – 4 pm at MPH and at Assumption after Mass on Tuesday and Thursday.
     “I pray that each and every one of you will have a most blessed and joyous Christmas.”...Fr. Dave

PSR News - On Wednesday, Dec. 21, there will be no afternoon PSR classes.  There will be a Christmas celebration for all PSR classes on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7:00 p.m.  We will be going caroling (weather permitting) and meeting back at the hall for hot chocolate and cookies and candy.  Anyone wanting to donate candy or cookies for the snack would be greatly appreciated. Please have them to the hall by Wednesday, December 21, at 7:00 p.m. Also, everyone is welcome to go caroling with the children. There will be no PSR classes on December 28.  PSR classes will resume on January 4.
Vocation Office/Priestly Retirement Collection - Our diocese makes an assessment to all parishes each year at Christmas to pay for the educational expenses of our seminarians and to help fund the needs of our retired and infirm priests.  (St. Mary’s assessment $732, Assumption’s assessment $958.)  This collection is taken up during the Christmas Masses.  Please use the special contribution envelope in your packet and be generous in helping your parish pay its fair share of the expenses of our larger Church.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/11-6/30/12 $43,160.00 $33,020.00
Budget goal per month $3,597.00 $2,750.00
Weekly goal $830.00 $635.00
Collection - Dec 4 $720.00 $707.00
Dec 11 $941.00 $597.00
Dec 18    
Dec 25    
To date for December $1,661.00 $1,304.00
Offertory budget goal 7/1/11-12/11/11 $19,920.00 $15,240.00
Sunday collection 7/1/11-12/11/11 $18,969.00 $13,999.00
Difference -$951.00 -$1,241.00

? of the Week - Name one area of your life where God has surprised you with love, abilities, or even a pregnancy.  How is God’s Spirit upon you in this dimension of life?

January Contribution Envelopes are available in the back of church.

Mass Schedule for New Year’s Day - New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) - 6:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary, New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) - 9:00 a.m. at Assumption.

Stewardship Quote - In the first reading, God promises King David that his house and his kingdom will endure forever. It is through Mary's "Yes"- "I am, the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say."- that the promise finds fulfillment.

TEC Weekend - Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) Feb. 18-20 at St. Anthony parish in Camdenton.  For info, visit

Vocation Blurb - “Through Him we have received the grace of apostleship...”  Come and be a modern apostle by visiting

Warm Items Needed for refugees who come from very warm climates and are not prepared for winter in Mid-MO! Winter coats, gloves, stocking caps, winter boots & blankets needed.  Give to Ev Dudenhoeffer who will see that they get to Office of Refugee & Immigration Services, Catholic Charities of Central & Northern Missouri.

Social Event Elsewhere - K of C Breakfast at Linn Dec. 18.

Holiday Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)         4:30 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary
9:30 p.m. at Assumption
Christmas Day (Dec. 25)         9:00 a.m. at Assumption
New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)       6:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s
New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)          9:00 a.m. at Assumption (note time change from December calendar)


Calendar of Parish Events - Dec/Jan

Dec     - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- StM Samaritan Cntr Coll
Dec 18 - Xmas Choir Practice - AS
- Xmas Choir Practice - StM
Dec 21 - PSR Xmas Celebration
Dec 24/25 - Voc/Pr Ret Collection
Dec 24 - 4:30 PM Mass at StM
- 9:30 PM Mass at AS
Dec 25 - 9 AM Mass at AS
Dec 28 - NO PSR Classes
Dec 31 - 6 PM Mass at StM
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Jan     - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- StM Good Shepherd Cntr Coll
Jan 1  - 9 AM Mass at AS
Jan 2  - Pro-Life Rosary StM 9 AM
Jan 4  - AS Prayer Group 10:30 AM
- PSR Classes
Jan 5  - AS Finance Comm Mtg
Jan 11 - PSR Classes
Jan 12 - AS Parish Council Mtg
Jan 18 - PSR Classes
Jan 19 - StM Finance Comm Mtg
Jan 25 - Heart of Mary Funfest
- PSR Classes
Jan 26 - StM Parish Council Mtg