December 21 - 4th 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

Dec 14, 2014 candles $5.50 Food Pantry $25.00
  ASSUMPTION: $514.00 Voc/Priests  
  candles   Food Pantry $1.00



12/21 - Larry Kuebler, 12/28 - Gayle Hackmann, 1/4 - Gary Seifert, 1/11 - Joe Budnik


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


Tuesday Dec 23 10:00 am Wednesday** Dec 24 7:45 pm
Jada Brenner Micah Starke
Wednesday** Dec 24 4:45 pm Friday Dec 26 no mass
Sharon Steiner ---
Thursday Dec 25 9:00 am SATURDAY Dec 27 6:00 pm
For the People For the people
Sunday Dec 28 8:00 am      
Myron, Margaret, Ed & Jennifer Rost  

** Christmas Mass Schedule –

++Note – There will be no Mass on Friday for the coming week.

   “I pray that your Christmas Day will be filled with much Joy and Happiness. May the Newborn Lord and Savior grace you and your family with many blessings throughout this Holy Season.  I will, of course, remember you and your family in a special way at our Christmas Masses.”…Fr. Dave

PSR News – Dec. 24 & 31 – No PSR classes.  PSR classes resume on Jan. 7.

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 & infirm priests (MPH’s assessment $1,011; Assumption’s $707).  This collection is taken up during the Christmas Masses.  Please use the special contribution envelope in your packet and be generous in helping our parish pay its fair share of the expenses of our larger Church.

Thank You to everyone who helped to make the reception at MPH after the Christmas Tour of Homes/Churches and Christmas Concert a real success!  Thanks to those who donated soup and desserts, those who decorated, and those who donated their time to help out!

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 $975 $514
Dec 21    
Dec 28    
To date for Dec. $2,436 $1,359
Offertory budget goal 7/1/14-12/14/14 $22,200 $16,320
Sunday collection 7/1/14-12/14/14 $27,550 $18,266
Difference $5,350 $1,946

Question 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?

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

January 2015 Contribution Envelopes are available in the back of church.  By picking up your contribution envelopes, MPH saved approximately $268 in postage and Assumption saved approximately $180 in postage for the year 2014.  Thank you!

*adjusted to reflect all offertory items for this fiscal year

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

New Year’s Mass Schedule –

New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)    -- 10:00 a.m. at Assumption




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

Thank You to Diane Riley of Villa Ridge, MO, a winner of a $100 cash raffle prize at Assumption Fall Dinner, who donated this money back to Assumption Church!  (ticket sold by Bev Haeffner)

Volunteers for Fundraiser Needed - If anyone would like to volunteer to help at a fundraiser for Dennis and Joyce Dudenhoeffer on Feb. 28  at St George basement in Linn, please call Janie Shiver 763-9960. Next planning  meeting will be at Frankenstein on Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

Events Elsewhere – 1) K of C Breakfast at Linn Dec. 21.  2) 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.


Calendar of Parish Events – Dec/Jan

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
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Jan 1  - 10 AM Mass AS
Jan 5  - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
Jan 6  - Handbells Rehearsal
Jan 7  - AS Prayer Group 10 AM
- PSR Classes
Jan 14 - PSR Classes
Jan 21 – PSR Classes

Jan 28 – PSR Classes

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                        Goal__   Pledged   # Participants 
MPH                $3,439      $2,170               22

Assumption      $3,479      $3,395               23


Bishop’s Christmas Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.”  At the midnight Mass on Christmas, we together proclaim this joyful truth, that what we have been preparing for throughout the season of Advent has been brought to fulfillment.  Let us rejoice and sing with the holy angels as we behold the Word of God, whom the entire universe cannot contain, appearing as a little child in the manger.  With the help of God’s grace, may the peace and justice of Christ Jesus find room in our hearts and in our world during this coming New Year.
During the Christmas season, we always remember and give thanks for our seminarians who are discerning God’s call in their lives.  Let us not forget to offer a special word of thanks to our religious sisters and brothers during this Year of Consecrated Life.  Through the example of their lives, they continue to make visible the qualities of humility and filial obedience that the Son of God accepted when He entered our world.
Finally, I would like to extend a personal invitation to all who may not be attending Mass on a regular basis.  I wish to welcome you to return here to your home and rediscover in the Eucharist the blessed peace and good will of Jesus Christ.
Praying that you and your family have a most joyous and Merry Christmas, I am


Sincerely yours in Christ,


Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City