Dec 6- 2nd 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

Nov 29, 2015 Cath Mo $14.00 Food Pantry $20.00
  ASSUMPTION: $679.00    
  fuel $75.00 Food Pantry $57.00



12/6 - Larry Kuebler, 12/13 - Gayle Hackmann, 12/20 - Gary Seifert, 12/27 - Joe Budnik


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 8 6:00 pm Wednesday Dec 9 6:00 pm
For the people Verhoff Family
Thursday Dec 10 10:00 am Friday Dec 11 8:00 am
Al & Anita Duffner Frank Schollmeyer
SUNDAY Dec 13 8:00 am SATURDAY Dec 12 6:00 pm
Virginia Kuester For the People

**Mass Schedule for Feast of Immaculate Conception (holy day of obligation) – Monday (Dec. 7) at 6:00 p.m. at MPH, Tuesday (Dec. 8) at 6:00 p.m. at Assumption.


 “Already one week of Advent is completed! How are we preparing to welcome Christ once again? This week the e-mails from have helped me to be a little mindful of what this season is all about. I liked the quote from St. Francis: Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly, you are doing the impossible.
     “This week is the Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception. It is also the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis. So let’s begin thinking about how we might celebrate this holy year and make God’s Mercy more active, and real in our lives and in the lives of those who are most in need of God’s Mercy.
     “I am available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation before or after Mass, or on request. A penance service will be held at MPH on Tuesday evening Dec. 22.”…Fr. Dave

Advent Penance Services (at 7:00 p.m.) – Dec. 9 Westphalia, Dec. 10 Linn, Dec. 14 Frankenstein, Dec. 22 Most Pure Heart of Mary (Fr. Mark Smith will be assisting).

PSR News – 1) Dec. 9 - all PSR students meet in church at 7:00 p.m. for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to celebrate with those making their First Reconciliation.  PSR parents are also welcome.  2) Dec. 16 - each PSR family is asked to bring one dozen cookies to share at the Christmas party.  3) Dec. 23 & 30 - no PSR classes.


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 – Name one thing you can do to help “prepare the way of the Lord.”

Handbell Rehearsal – Mon., Dec. 7, 7:00 p.m.

Blood Drive – Thursday, Dec. 10, at St. John UCC in Chamois, 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Nursing Home Mass – A Mass will be offered for “Verhoff Family” on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. at Frene Valley Nursing Home in Hermann.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Bookmobile coming to Chamois Mon., Dec. 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m. near fire station.

Pro-Life Rosary – Monday, Dec. 7, at 9:00 a.m. in MPH church.

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                             Goal      Pledged     # Participants
MPH              $3,439      $2,816               18

Assumption   $3,479       $2,271               13


Churches, Homes, Rectory Tour/Christmas Concert – NEXT Sunday, December 13.  Tour 1:00-5:00 p.m., concert featuring the Handbell Choir 6:00 p.m. at MPH.  Reception following concert.  MPH parishioners are asked to bring finger foods (cookies, brownies, cheese/crackers, etc.) for the reception.  These may be dropped off before or after the 6:00 p.m. Mass on Sat., Dec. 12, or between 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.

CSA – Extra CSA pledge cards & envelopes are available in back of church or the parish office.  Simply fill out, place in collection basket, or mail.  Please be generous. Thank you.

Scrip for Christmas - Last day to place order to be received before Christmas is Sun., Dec. 13.  Just complete pink order form found in back of both churches & turn in to Jamie Koenigsfeld (if questions, call 294-7323 or 573-694-1186). 


Holiday Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)     -- 4:45 p.m. at MPH and 7:45 p.m. at Assumption
Christmas Day (Dec. 25)    -- 9:00 a.m. at MPH
New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)  -- 6:00 p.m. at Assumption
New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)     -- 10:00 a.m. at MPH


Calendar of Parish Events – Dec
Dec 7  - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
            - Imm Conc Mass 6 PM MPH
            - Handbell Rehearsal
Dec 8  - Imm Conc Mass 6 PM AS
           -  Year of Mercy begins
Dec 9  - PSR Confessions
Dec 13 – Chamois Tour of Homes/Rectory/
                Churches, Christmas Concert
Dec 16 – PSR Classes/Xmas party
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

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance – Opportunity to enroll – Osage County Library on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of December and January, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  Call 573-424-6029 to make appt.  Public Service announcements for Affordable Care Act Health Insurance do not represent an endorsement of this product by Most Pure Heart of Mary or Assumption Churches.

Osage R-1 Christmas Concert – Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:00 p.m.

Poinsettia Donations – Anyone wishing to donate a poinsettia in memory of a loved one for Christmas, please put them in back of church anytime.

Social/Advent/Xmas Events Elsewhere – 1) Fall Supper at Freeburg Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  2) Advent Mission at St. George Hermann Dec. 6-9, 7 PM each evening. 3) “The Spirit of Christmas” concerts Dec. 9-12 at Starkenburg, 2:30 p.m. each day. 4) Live Nativity Dec. 11 at “Stable” on 4th & Guttenberg Street in Hermann, 4:00-8:00 p.m.   Free. 5) St. George Hermann Christmas Bazaar Dec. 13, 11:00-3:30, children’s Christmas concert 4:00 p.m. 6) K of C Breakfast at Linn Dec. 20.