Dec 20- 4th Sunday of Advent, 2015

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 13, 2015     Food Pantry $16.00
  ASSUMPTION: $734.00 Sem/PrRet $40.00
  Christmas $20.00 Food Pantry $34.00



12/20 - Gary Seifert, 12/27 - Joe Budnik, 1/3 - Danny Lamb, 1/10 - Larry Kuebler


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


Tuesday Dec 22 10:00 am Wednesday Dec 23 6:00 pm
Verhoff Family Frank Schollmeyer
Thursday Dec 24 7:45 pm Friday Dec 25 9:00 am
Hank Rost For the People
SUNDAY Dec 27 8:00 am SATURDAY Dec 26 6:00 pm
For the People Jane Keilholz

**Christmas Mass Schedule

 “With this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we come to the last few days of this penitential season. Christmas will soon again be with us. So how will we use these last days of penance? But also, how will we use the coming season of Christmas? Perhaps if we’ve found ourselves too busy to spend time with Christ so far, we can make a special effort these first couple of days of this week. If we’ve found ourselves too caught up in all the ‘busyness’ of Christmas, we can make the time to really celebrate the ‘Reason for the Season’ – Christ Emmanuel. May your Christmas be full of grace and blessings from our God and Savior.”…Fr. Dave

Advent Penance Service Tuesday, Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m. at MPH (Fr. Mark Smith will be assisting).

PSR News – Dec. 23 & 30 - no PSR classes. PSR classes resume Jan. 6, 2016.

“The Promise of Life” Christmas Cantata by Hermann UMC Chancel Choir - December 20 at 6:00 p.m. at St. John's UCC in Chamois.  Refreshments following.

2015 Offertory Contributions – If you want any contributions credited to tax year 2015, please put in collection no later than January 10, 2016, and make sure the date on the outside of your collection envelope is 2015.


Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/15-6/30/16 $52,000.00 $36,000.00
Budget goal per month $4,333.00 $3,000.00
Weekly goal $1000.00 $692.00
Collection - Nov 1 $855 $1,211
Nov 8 $1,915 $784
Nov 15 $542 $165
Nov 22 $655 $629
Nov 29 $1,148 $679
To date for Nov. $5,148 $3,468
Offertory budget goal 7/1/15-11/29/15 $22,000 $15,224
Sunday collection 7/1/15-11/29/15 $21,539 $16,777
Difference -$461 $1,553

Question of the Week – What role does Mary play in your own spirituality? If you were Elizabeth, how would you greet her at your doorway, if she were to arrive there?

Special Bulletin Deadlines – 1) Wednesday, Dec. 23, for Dec. 27 bulletin. 2) Wed., Dec. 30, for Jan. 3 bulletin.   (Deadline 9:30 a.m.)

January 2016 Contribution Envelopes are available in back of church.  By picking up your contribution envelopes, MPH saved $255 approximately in postage and Assumption saved $169 approximately for 2015.  Thank you!

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                             Goal      Pledged     # Participants
MPH              $3,439      $2,906               20

Assumption   $3,479       $2,641               16


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

Congratulations to Brian and Rebecca Rost on the birth of their son, Patrick James, on Dec. 7!

Seminarian Formation/Priest 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 & infirm priests (MPH’s assessment $907; Assumption’s $656).  This collection is taken up during the Christmas Masses.  Please use the special contribution envelope in your packet & be generous in helping our parish pay its fair share of the expenses of our larger Church.


Calendar of Parish Events – Dec/Jan
Dec 22 – MPH Parish Penance Service
Dec 23 – NO PSR Classes
Dec 24/25 – Seminarian/Pr Ret Coll
Dec. 24 – Masses: 4:45 PM MPH, 7:45 PM AS
Dec. 25 – 9 AM Mass MPH
Dec 30 – NO PSR Classes
Dec 31 – 6 PM Mass AS
Jan 1  - 10 AM Mass MPH
Jan 4  - Pro- Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
           - Handbell Rehearsal
Jan 6   - AS Prayer Group 10 AM
            - PSR Classes
Jan 13 – PSR Classes
Jan 14 – Jubilee Year of Mercy Mtg
Jan 20 – PSR Classes Jan 27 – PSR Classes

Christmas Wreaths – The lovely Christmas wreaths which adorn MPH double doors were donated by the family of Florence Boss in her memory.

Edna Rost is presently residing at Frene Valley in Hermann.  She is happy to have visitors or for you to just stop in and say hello.  If you would like to send Edna a Christmas card, her address is:  Edna Rost, Frene Valley, P.O. Box 468, Hermann, MO 65041.

Thank You to everyone who brought food & helped at the reception after the Christmas concert.  Special thanks to Shirley Keilholz & her elves who did a superb job decorating the hall!

Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) Weekend – Jan. 16-18 at IC parish in Jeff.  For info, email

Social Events Elsewhere – K of C Breakfast at Linn Dec. 20.




Bishop’s Christmas Letter 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
May the peace of this Christmas season be with all of you!  One of the traditional images of Christmas that readily comes to our minds is the star, shining brightly above the manger where Jesus was laid.  The thought of light dispelling the darkness brings a sense of happiness. 
We only need to drive around on Christmas Eve and see houses lit up in colorful displays to realize how light has a way of lifting our spirits.  Christ Jesus came into our world to be the light of the human race, as the beginning of John’s Gospel proclaims.  No matter what the coming year may bring, it is my hope that each of us may find comfort in knowing that the light of God’s Love shines in our hearts.
With my best wishes for a joyous and Merry Christmas, I am

        Sincerely yours in Christ…Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City