December 18 - Second Sunday of Advent, 2016

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 Chamois
SUN 8:00 a.m. at Morrison

Dec. 11, 2016     Food Pantry $25
  ASSUMPTION: $1,087 Sem/Pr retire $50
  Food bank $6 Xmas $125




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


1st Sun–Wilma Trachsel/Dennis Lamb, 2nd Sun–Wayne/Paula Helle, 3rd Sun–Viv/Larry Boss, 4th Sun–Bernie/Marian Forck, 5th - Bosses


Tuesday Dec 20 10 am Wednesday Dec 21 9:00 am
Talitha Winkelman Catherine Brandt
Thursday Dec 22 10:00 am Friday Dec 23 8:00 am
Alfred Winkelmann Frank Schollmeyer
SUNDAY Dec 25 9:00 a.m. SATURDAY Dec 24 7:45 pm
For the People Micah Starke


**Christmas Mass Schedule
•  Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)  -- 4:45 p.m. at Assumption
-- 7:45 p.m. at MPH
 Christmas Day (Dec. 25)   -- 9:00 a.m. at Assumption

      “Christmas is just a week away. Traditionally this week, or these last 9 days before Christmas is set aside for a Christmas Novena. While I know everyone is too busy to attend church every evening (even I will be out helping with confessions this week – Tuesday at St. Thomas and Thursday in Linn), it might be a good idea to try and do your own personal novena. Or use this week for some extra time of prayer preparing to celebrate the coming of the Christ next Sunday! I pray that you, your family and friends will have a most blessed and grace-filled Christmas.”…Fr. Dave

PSR Schedule – PSR classes be held on Monday, Dec. 19; no PSR the week of Christmas.  Beginning in January 2017, PSR classes will be on Wednesdays; the first 2017 PSR class will be on Jan. 4.

2016 Offertory Contributions – If you want any contributions credited to tax year 2016, please put in collection no later than January 8, 2017, and make sure the date on the outside of your collection envelopes is 2016.

New Year’s Mass Schedule - New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)--6:00 p.m. at MPH; New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)--10:00 a.m. at Assumption.

Advent Penance Services (7:00 p.m.) – Loose Creek—Dec. 21; Linn—Dec. 22.


Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/15-6/30/16 $54,600.00 $37,200.00
Budget goal per month $4,550.00 $3,100.00
Weekly goal $1050.00 $715.00
Collection - Dec 4 $930 $1,101
Dec 11 $1,516 $1,362
Dec 18    
Dec 25    
To date for Dec $2,446 $2,463
Offertory budget goal 7/1/16-12/11/16 $25,200 $17,160
Sunday collection 7/1/16-12/11/16 $22,277 $18,422
Difference -$2,923 $1,262

Question of the Week – Whom do you find it difficult to welcome in your life?  What can you do to overcome that?

January Contribution Envelopes are available in the back of church.  By picking up your 2016 envelopes, MPH saved approximately $250 in postage and Assumption saved approximately $180 in postage.  Thank you.

David Keilholz is Turning 60 on Dec. 25! If you’d like to send him a card, his address is 1781 County Road 319, Chamois, MO 65024.

K of C Breakfast at Linn Dec. 18, 7:30-11:30 a.m

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                       Goal      Pledged     # Participants
MPH              $4,000      $4,119                28
Assumption   $3,500       $2,502                15


Congratulations to Harper Danielle Rost, daughter of Michael & Casey Rost, who was baptized at Assumption Church on December 11, 2016!

Poinsettia Donations – Anyone wishing to donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one for Christmas, please put them in back of church anytime.  Please insert a small note containing the names of those it is in memory of and the donor.

Special Thanks to – 1) Nick & Heather McKague & Busch’s Florist for the stunning holiday arrangements (donated in memory of Frank & Dorothy Wuelling) which grace the sanctuary in MPH church.  2) Florence Boss’ family for the lovely Christmas wreaths (donated in Florence’s memory) which adorn the double doors of MPH church.

“We would like to thank our family, friends & parish communities here at Assumption and St. Mary’s for the many prayers, cards, calls, visits, love and support, flowers, & food brought to our home during Delma’s illness and after her passing.  Also, the many memorials and Masses given to Assumption Parish in her memory & to the American Cancer Society.  A very special thank you to Fr. Dave for his many visits and prayers at home and at the hospital and wonderful homily at the service.  Also, thank you to our Parish Nurse for her care and concern and to all those who participated in the Mass service and to everyone who prepared and brought food for the wonderful meal.  We appreciate the many kindnesses shown to us – they will never be forgotten.  God bless each of you!”…Gary Seifert family

Seminarian Formation/Priest Retirement Collection – Our diocese makes an assessment to all parishes each year at Christmas to pay for educational expenses of our seminarians & to help fund the needs of our retired & infirm priests (MPH’s assessment $959; Assumption’s $668).   This collection is taken up during the Christmas Masses.  Please use the special contribution envelope in your packet & be generous in helping our parishes pay their fair share of the expenses of our larger Church.

Calendar of Parish Events – Dec
Dec 19 – Advent Study Session
             -  PSR Classes/Xmas Party
Dec 24 – 4:45 PM Xmas Mass AS
             -  7:45 PM Xmas Mass MPH
Dec 25 – 9 AM Xmas Mass AS
             -  Sem/Pr Ret Coll
Dec 31 – 6 PM New Year’s Mass MPH Jan 1   - 10 AM New Year’s Mass AS

Cantata – Sunday, Dec. 18, at 5:00 p.m. at St. John UCC in Chamois.  Hermann Methodist Choir presenting “Emmanuel-God With Us.”  Everyone welcome.

Ultimate Bubble Sports – Friday, Dec. 30, 7:00 p.m.-midnight at Linn High School gym.  Ultimate volleyball, bubble soccer, nerf battle arena.  $5.  For junior high and high school students.  Snacks provided.  For more info, text Louis 573-291-2528.