Dec 5, 2010

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. (St. Mary's) and
Sun 8:00 a.m. (Assumption)

Mass times switched Oct 9-10!!

SUNDAY COLLECTIONST. MARY’S: $907.00 fuel $30.00
(Nov 28, 2010) Good Shepherd Center $10.00    
 ASSUMPTION: $1,715.00 CHD $45.00
  Hermann Food Pantry $23.00 Candles $3.00


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 12/5 Danny Lamb, 12/12 Larry Kuebler, 12/19 Gayle Hackmann, 12/26 Gary Seifert

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

TUESDAY** Dec 7 6:30 pm WEDNESDAY** Dec. 8 7:15 pm **
For the People Chick Keilholz
THURSDAY Dec. 9 8:00 am FRIDAY Dec. 10 8:00 am
Father Mueller Donna Wisdom
SUNDAY Dec. 12 8:00 am SATURDAY Dec. 11 6:00 pm
For the people Paul Mehmert

Text Box:  **Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Wednesday, December 8, is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a holyday of obligation.  Mass is being offered at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, at Assumption and at 7:15 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary on Wednesday, December 8.

Pro-Life Rosary - Monday, December 6, at 9:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church.

Knights of Columbus Meeting - Monday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in Chamois.

PSR News - Wednesday, Dec. 8, is the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a holyday of obligation.  Afternoon PSR classes will meet as usual; evening PSR classes will meet at 7:00 p.m., then proceed to the 7:15 p.m. Mass for the holyday. 

PSR Service Project - Again this year our PSR students have adopted a family for Christmas as part of the Osage Caring Project Christmas Wish Program.  Reminder: for those wishing to bring a gift, make a monetary donation toward the purchase of gifts for the family, or give a gift card, all gifts must be brought to St. Mary’s hall by Wednesday, December 8.  If you need more details, please contact Mary Jane Starke 763-5595.  Thank you so much from the PSR students.

Advent - Take a few minutes a day to grow closer to the Lord before Christmas.  Spending just a few minutes a day will dramatically change your experience during Advent from one of commercialization to spiritual openness.  Copies of several Advent booklets are available in the back of church.  Please pick one up for your family and start a new Christmas tradition!

Text Box:“Advent – let us prepare for the coming of the Lord. Why is that important? The historical birth of Jesus is a past event. We aren’t expecting him to be born in Bethlehem again. The present coming of Christ – spiritually and sacramentally, in our hearts and at Mass, continues every day of our life. And the ‘third’ coming of Christ at the end of the world (His second coming in the flesh) we await someday in the future and pray for continually all year long. So why this special time of Advent? We need to celebrate and rejoice in the first coming in the flesh of Jesus, because remembering a past event makes it present and helps us realize the great importance of it. We particularly prepare for the second way of Christ’s coming also in order to make it more important in our lives. The more effort we put into preparing for something, the more important and memorable it is. People often prepare for years for a wedding celebration, and then they are truly ready and able to realize the importance of what they do that day. So, too, because we prepare so for Christ’s coming at Christmas, we are able to feel His presence with us in a special way. And always keeping in mind the second coming of Christ, reminds us of how short life is, and that we always need to be ready.
     “So what are we doing? I hope that you have been able to find 5 minutes a day with the Word of God. I find the little booklet very beautiful and have heard so from several others. Many people took advantage of our Penance services last Wednesday, but if you weren’t able to make that, I am available any time, before and even after Mass - just let me know I need to be in the confessional. And this Wednesday is the Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception. Mary holds a special place in our Advent and Christmas celebrations, so we gather as a Church for this special celebration of the special gift of her Immaculate Conception.”...Fr. Dave

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/09-6/30/10 $42,120.00 $34,320.00
Budget goal per month $3,510.00 $2,860.00
Weekly goal $810.00 $660.00
Collection - Nov. 7 $601.00 $1,107.00
Nov. 14 $729.00 $606.00
Nov. 21 $665.00 $255.00
Nov. 28 $907.00 $1,715.00
To date for November $2,902.00 $3,683.00
Offertory budget goal 7/1/10-11/28/10 $17,820.00 $14,520.00
Sunday collection 7/1/10-11/28/10 $16,143.00 $14,425.00
Difference -$1,676.00 -$94.00

Handbell Choir Rehearsal this week - Monday, Dec. 6, at 7:00 p.m. 

Poinsettia Donations (both St. Mary’s and Assumption) - Anyone wishing to donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one for Christmas, please put them in back of church anytime.  At St. Mary’s, silk flowers (already purchased) will be used on the reredos (to avoid water damage) and any live flowers donated will be placed elsewhere.  Thank you!

? of the Week - Name one thing in your life which you must “move out of the way” in order to make more room for Christ - a grudge, a possession, a memory, hurt, or feeling.

Community of Faith Choir Practice - Tuesday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. at Methodist Church.

St. Mary’s Hall Cleaners for December - Mike/Kathy Mehmert, Jerry/Clarine Means.

December Contribution Envelopes are available in the back of church.

Text Box:  Choir Practice - A small choir is being formed at each parish to prepare songs for the Masses on Christmas Eve.  Anyone who would like to participate is welcome to join.  Practice times are: at Assumption after the Sunday a.m. Masses on Dec. 5, 12, & 19; at Most Pure Heart of Mary at 4:30 p.m. in church on Saturdays Dec. 11 & 18.

Chamois Community Christmas Events - 1) Tour of Churches - Sunday, Dec. 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  2) Christmas Cantata - Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4:45 p.m. at Methodist Church.  Reception following.

PSR Christmas Pageant - Mark your calendars to attend a Christmas pageant by our PSR students on Saturday, December 18, after the 6:00 p.m. Mass.  Refreshments following.

FFA Is Selling Poinsettias again this year. They are $7.00 per plant. We have a limited number and they tend to go fast so order soon. You can order by contacting Mrs. Kate Kuschel at or 573-763-5666. Delivery may be available upon request. Thank you for your support of the Chamois-Morrison FFA.

Text Box:  Funfest - The Funfest for November and December will be December 15 at 1:30 p.m. Vernon Kolbush is coming to sing for us.  Assumption parishioners are invited to attend.

Area Advent Reconciliation Services - December 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Frankenstein, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Loose Creek, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Linn, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Westphalia.

Live Nativity at Hermann Farm Stable at 4th St. and Gutenberg Dec. 11, 6-9 PM.  Canned good donations to area food pantries gratefully accepted.  For info, 573-486-FARM.

Stewardship Quote - We must be good stewards of God's gifts to us, receiving them gratefully and cultivating them with care, lest we be the ones about whom John the Baptist speaks today, cautioning us, "Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Vocation Blurb - What interests you, drives you in life? For where our deepest desires combine with the world’s greatest needs, that is where your true vocation is found.  Visit

"Christmas Tree" St. George Rectory Tour in Hermann - December 11 & 12 - 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  Goodwill offering at door.  For more info, contact St. George 573-486-2723, or email

Fall Festival at Holy Family parish in Freeburg Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


Calendar of Parish Events - Dec

Dec 6  - Pro-Life Rosary StM 9 AM
- Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Dec 8  - Imm Conc - Holyday
- Deadline PSR Xmas Wishes Project
Dec 11 - Men’s Group (TMIY) Mtg
- Choir Practice StM
Dec 12 - Choir Practice AS
Dec 13 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Dec 15 - Heart of Mary Funfest
Dec 18 - Choir Practice StM
- PSR Xmas Pageant
Dec 19 - Choir Practice AS
Dec 20 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Dec 22 - No PSR classes
- Bulletin deadline for Dec 26 bltn
Dec 24 - 4:30 PM Mass at AS
- 9:30 PM Mass at StM
Dec 25 - 9 AM Mass at StM
- NO Saturday PM Mass
Dec 24/25 - Voc/Pr Ret Coll
Dec 26 - 8 AM Mass at AS
- 10 AM Mass at StM
Dec 29 - No PSR classes
Dec 31 - 8 AM Mass at StM
- 5 PM Mass at AS
Dec      - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- StM Sam Cntr Coll
Jan 1    - 9 AM Mass at StM
   - 6 PM Mass at StM


Catholic Stewardship Appeal
GoalReceived% participation
St. Mary's$2,666 $1,830 22%
Assumption$2,963 $1,705 30%