December 4 - 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

Nov. 27, 2016 Mil Serv $20 Food Pantry $5
  Food bank $35 Fuel $60




12/11 - Gayle Hackmann, 12/18 - Joe Budnik, 12/25 - Danny Lamb


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 6 10 am Wednesday Dec 7 7:00 pm
Robert Kattelmann Carmille Smith
Thursday Dec 8 10:00 am Friday Dec 9 8:00 am
For the People Frank Schollmeyer
SUNDAY Dec 11 8:00 a.m. SATURDAY Dec 10 6:00 p.m.
For the People Paul Mehmert

**Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) is a holy day of obligation. Mass schedule for holy day:  Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7:00 p.m. at MPH (no 9:00 a.m. Mass on Wednesday); Thursday, Dec. 8, at 10:00 a.m. at Assumption.

       “Advent! This week we hear John the Baptist call us to again prepare for the Lord’s coming. Are we taking his call seriously? What are we doing and how are we preparing? Let us use these weeks to truly try to advance in the Lord’s way of holiness. Thursday’s Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception gives us another opportunity to reflect on and celebrate Mary’s role in bringing Christ our Savior into the world.
       “Congratulations to our Ben Paulsmeyer who was united in Holy Matrimony to his wife Brittany Luttrell this weekend. All the blessings to both of them in their new life together.”…Fr. Dave

PSR Schedule – PSR classes will continue to be held on Mondays during December:  Dec. 5, Dec. 12, & Dec. 19; no PSR the week of Christmas.  All PSR students are invited to the Mass at 7:00 p.m. at MPH on Wednesday, Dec. 7.  Beginning in January 2017, PSR classes will be on Wednesdays.

Handbells Christmas Concert – NEXT Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in MPH church.  Reception following.  Everyone is welcome.  MPH parishioners are asked to bring a snack (cookies, brownies, sausage/cheese/crackers, etc.) for the reception.  These may be dropped off in MPH hall before or after Mass on Saturday, Dec. 10, or before the concert on Dec. 11.

Advent Penance Services (7:00 p.m.) – Hermann—Dec. 6, Westphalia—Dec. 14; 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 - Nov 6 $1,351 $1317
Nov 13 $875 $788
Nov 20 $802 $340
Nov 27 $872 $714
To date for Nov $3,900 $3,159
Offertory budget goal 7/1/16-11/27/16 $23,100 $15,730
Sunday collection 7/1/16-11/27/16 $19,831 $15,959
Difference -$3,269 $229

Question of the Week – What do you need to change so that others can learn from watching you that Christ Jesus walks among us?

Handbells Rehearsal – Tues., Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m.

Seeking Christ for Our Nation Mass – Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at St. George Linn.

Blood Drive – Wed., Dec. 7, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at St. John UCC in Chamois.

Pro-Life Rosary – Monday, Dec. 5, at 9:00 a.m. in MPH church.

MPH Hall Cleaners for December – Glenn & Julie Keilholz, Shirley Keilholz.

CSA – Thank you to all who have contributed to CSA.  If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider making a pledge today.  Extra pledge cards/envelopes available in back of church.

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                       Goal      Pledged     # Participants
MPH              $4,000      $3,813                25
Assumption   $3,500       $2,377               14

Advent Study Sessions focusing on true meaning of Christmas continue at Kim Trachsel’s house at 9:00 a.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 8 & 15, and on Monday, Dec. 19.  Everyone is welcome.


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.

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


Calendar of Parish Events – Dec
Dec 5  - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
           -  PSR Classes
Dec 6  - Handbells Rehearsal
Dec 7 – AS Prayer Group 10 AM
           -  MPH 7 PM Mass for Holy Day
Dec 8  - AS 10 AM Mass for Holy Day
            - Advent Study Session
Dec 11 – Handbells Xmas Concert
Dec 12 – PSR Classes
Dec 15 – Advent Study Session
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

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Sermon on the Mount – Presented by TV star Frank Runyeon on Wednesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. at St. George Church Linn.  Everyone welcome.  Free.  Details on poster in back of church.

Christmas party hosted by Smiling Workers 4-H Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:00 p.m. at Plattner's school house.  Smiling Workers 4-H invites the community to join them. 

Osage R-1 Xmas Concert – December 11 at 3:00 p.m.

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.

Live Nativity - Saturday, December 10, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Bonnots Mill.  Everyone welcome.

Mass at Starkenburg Shrine – Tuesday, Dec. 13, at noon.

Social Events Elsewhere – 1) Fall Supper at Freeburg Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 2) “Spirit of Christmas concerts” at Starkenburg Dec. 7-10, 2:30 p.m. daily.  3) Christmas bazaar, dinner & auction at St. George Hermann Dec. 11, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  4) K of C Breakfast at Linn Dec. 18.