December 7 - 2nd 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

Nov. 30, 2014 fuel $45.00 Food Pantry $5.00
  ASSUMPTION: $2,130.00 CCHD $35.00
  fuel $75.00 Food Pantry $3.00



12/7 - Joe Budnik, 12/14 - Danny Lamb, 12/21 - Larry Kuebler, 12/28 - Gayle Hackmann


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


Monday Dec 8 10 am Monday Dec 8 6 pm
Amsbert Kemper for the people
Tuesday Dec 9 no mass Wednesday Dec 10 6 pm
  Evelyn Haslag
Thursday Dec 11 10 am Friday Dec 12 8 am
Harold Scheidegger Joyce Means
SUNDAY Dec 14 8:00 am SATURDAY Dec 13 6:00 pm
Herb & Steven Ohlms For the people

**Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on Monday, December 8.  This is a holy day of obligation.  Masses for this holy day are being offered on Monday (Dec. 8) – at 10:00 a.m. at Assumption and at 6:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary.

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

   “This Holy Season of Advent is moving along. Already one week has gone by. How have we used this first week to prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming? Have we spent a little extra time with Him in prayer? Have we tried to do all for Him?  Have we prepared a gift for our God, who was the one who ‘gifted’ the world with His Son? The time is short! Stay awake! Be alert! Our God is coming.
I will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with the PSR children this Wednesday evening as part of their class. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come with your children and set the example. We will have a penance service on Tuesday evening, Dec. 16, at 7 pm at MPH. Fr. Don Antweiler from Loose Creek will be with us that evening. I’ll be available at Assumption after Mass on these remaining Advent Sundays.
If you’ve still put off your pledge to this year’s CSA, I urge you to do so as soon as possible. So far only 20 of Chamois’ 83 households (a mere 24.1%) have made a commitment. In Morrison 21 families of 51 households (41.2%) have made their pledge. Every one of us should consider this a part of our responsibility as members of the diocese and the Catholic Church and do whatever we can (it doesn’t have to be a lot) to support our church. Don’t put it off another week!”…Fr. Dave

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/13-6/30/14 $48,120.00 $31,200.00
Budget goal per month $4,010.00 $2,600.00
Weekly goal $925.00 $600.00
Collection - Nov. 2 $1824 $919
Nov. 9 $515 $614
Nov. 16 $415 $432
Nov 23 $653 $1,008
Nov 30 $984 $2,130
To date for Nov. $4,391 $5,103
Offertory budget goal 7/1/14-11/30/14 $20,350 $14,960
Sunday collection 7/1/14-11/30/14 $25,114 $16,907
Difference $4,764 $1,947

Question of the Week - How does Paul’s advice ring true in your own life? Choose one of his suggestions and share how it touches your life.

Handbells Practice – Tues., Dec. 9, in MPH hall.

Osage R-1 Winter Concert – Sunday, Dec. 7, at 3:00 p.m., followed by chili supper/book fair/student art show.

Donations in the amount of $200 were received by MPH in memory of Jane Keilholz and as thanks to all who helped with the funeral lunch.

Evening of Remembrance – Sunday, Dec. 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Morton Chapel in Linn.  Remembrance service 3:00 p.m.

*adjusted to reflect all offertory items for this fiscal year

Advent Penance Services – 1) MPH – Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m. for PSR students and parents & Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7:00 p.m.  2) Elsewhere (at 7:00 p.m. unless noted otherwise) – Dec. 7 (1:00 p.m.) at Frankenstein, Dec. 9 at Linn, Dec. 10 at Loose Creek, Dec. 11 at Rich Fountain, Dec. 17 at Westphalia.

Coat Drive – December 1-12.  Drop off at Osage R-1 School weekdays 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. or at home basketball games.  Sponsored by Chamois-Morrison FFA.

CSA - We thank all who have generously responded to the annual CSA.  Your generosity helps address the most pressing pastoral, educational and charitable needs of our Local Church.  Please help us reach our parish goal!

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

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

Potluck Lunch/Community Day/Bingo – Wed., Dec. 10, from 12:30-3:00 p.m. at Morrison Community Center.  MWA provides meat, table service & drinks.  Attendees asked to bring covered dish to share.  Free.  Please bring individually wrapped snack(s) for “After School At Risk Reading Students” at Chamois Osage R-1 School.  If planning to attend, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613.  Sponsored by MWA Senior Summit Chapter.

Xmas Tour of Churches/Homes & Xmas Concert – NEXT Sunday, Dec. 14. Tour churches/homes noon-5:00 p.m.  Xmas concert featuring handbell choir and others at 5:00 p.m. in Most Pure Heart of Mary Church.  Reception to follow in MPH hall.  Attn. MPH Parishioners – Donations of crockpots of soup or cake or other dessert are needed for the reception.  If willing to donate one (or more) items, please call Viv Boss 763-5928, Clarine Means 763-5667, or Kim Trachsel 763-5442.  Thank you.

Calendar of Parish Events – Dec
Dec 8  - Holy Day of Obligation
            - 10 AM Mass AS
            -  6 PM Mass MPH
Dec 9  - Handbells Practice
Dec 10 – PSR Classes/Penance Serv
Dec 14 – Tour of Churches/Homes
              - Handbells Concert
Dec 16 – MPH Penance Service
Dec 17 – PSR Xmas Celebration
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 Jan 1   - 10 AM Mass AS

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                        Goal__   Pledged   # Participants 
MPH                $3,439      $1,775               20

Assumption     $3,479      $2,895               21


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

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Enrollment Opportunity - Every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Osage Library in Linn on Jefferson Street.  To be served promptly, please call for an appointment at 573-424-6029.  The enrollment specialist is Kevin Wehner.  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.

Thank You everyone for the many expressions of kindness, support and love you have shown to us during this time of loss for our family.  It has been a comfort to each of us.  We especially want to thank Father Means for the beautiful service and words of comfort.  For those who contributed to the wonderful meal following the services or provided food for our family, we are truly grateful.  The outpouring of love shown for Jane will never be forgotten.”…The Jane Keilholz Family 

Assumption Breakfast Net Income – Gross deposit of $1,660.50 minus expenses of $920.54 (which includes start-up change) = net

income of $739.96.

PSR News – 1) Dec. 10 - penance service at 7:00 p.m. for PSR students and parents.  2) Dec. 17 – PSR Xmas celebration.  3) Dec. 24 & 31 – No PSR classes.  4) Jan. 7 – PSR classes resume.

Blood Drive – Thursday, Dec. 11, 2:30-6:30 p.m. at St. John UCC in Chamois.

“The Nutracker” Advent Series – At Holy Family Church in Freeburg at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 12 & Dec. 18.

Events Elsewhere – 1) St. George School in Hermann Christmas Bazaar Dec. 7, 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  2) Fall Supper at Freeburg Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 3) “Christmas Time is Here” at Miller Performing Arts Center in Jeff on Dec. 13 at 7:00 p.m. 4) Live Nativity Dec. 13, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the “stable” at 4th & Guttenberg St. in Hermann.  Free.  Everyone welcome. 5) Breakfast at Starkenburg Dec. 14, 7:00-11:00 a.m.