Dec 9, 2012

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 Most Pure Heart - Chamois and
Sun 8:00 a.m. at Assumption - Morrison (until April)

SUNDAY COLLECTION MOST PURE HEART: $1,203.00 Samaritan Cntr $37.00
(Dec 2, 2012) Good Shep Cntr $10.00    
 ASSUMPTION: $661.00 World Misssions $5.00
  Herman Food $38.00 Special $155.00


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 12/9 - Danny Lamb, 12/16 - Larry Kuebler, 12/23 - Gayle Hackmann, 12/30 Gary Seifert

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


TUESDAY Dec 11 8:00 am * WEDNESDAY Dec 12 6:00 pm
Augustine Family Irene Ranabarger
THURSDAY Dec 13 8:00 am FRIDAY Dec 14 8:00 am
Rev. Msgr Jerone Sommer Herb Ohlms
SUNDAY Dec 16 8:00 am SATURDAY Dec 15 6:00 pm
Alphonse & Pearl Birk For the People

**Note Tuesday Mass Change – Just a gentle reminder since this is the 2nd Tuesday, Mass on Tuesday for the coming week will be at 8:00 a.m.

Advent is our time of preparation - of preparing a place for Christ in our hearts. We need to clear out our old sins and put all in order. We all need to confess our sins and make a new start for Christmas. There will be the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday evening. Fr. Ed Doyle will be at  Assumption Church at 6 pm and then come to MPH when he is finished there. I suggest you get there between 6 and 6:30. Fr. Roberto Ike will be with us here at MPH after Mass about 6:30. The PSR students will be coming over and we’ll have a short first reconciliation service with them. Please come before 7:30, we’ll of course stay until everyone has had their opportunity for the sacrament.
Speaking of preparation, I’m hoping that people will step forward again for our Christmas Eve choirs. Let’s be sure to meet after Mass these weekends before Christmas to get organized and rehearse.
Next Sunday is the community Tour of Churches. I’m grateful for those whose efforts will see that both Churches have at least some of the Christmas decorations already in place. If you could act as host/hostess for either Church or rectory for a couple of hours next Sunday, please let me know at the office this week.
You probably noticed the new Pro-Life Monument outside of MPH Church. The monument is being donated by Morton Funeral Home and Capital Monument. We are grateful to them for this donation. The Angel statue is a gift from our K of C Ladies’ Auxiliary. We now need a plan for landscaping and finishing the pro-life garden there.

Advent Penance Services – Wednesday, December 12, at 6:00 p.m. at Assumption Church (Fr. Eddie Doyle ministering).  Reconciliation service at MPH on same day (Dec. 12) at 7:00 p.m. for parishioners and PSR students.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/12-6/30/13 $45,345.00 $30,524.00
Budget goal per month $3,779.00 $2,544.00
Weekly goal $872.00 $587.00
Collection - Dec 2 $1,203 $661
Dec 9    
Dec 16    
Dec 23    
Dec 30    
To date for December $1,203 $661
Offertory budget goal 7/1/12-12/2/12 $19,184.00 $12,914.00
Sunday collection 7/1/12-12/2/12 $19,169.00 $13,453.00
Difference -$15.00 $539.00

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

Handbell Choir Rehearsal – Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7:00 p.m.

Area Penance Services (at 7:00 p.m.) – Loose Creek Dec. 13, Hermann Dec. 13, Westphalia Dec. 18.

Blood Drive – Thursday, Dec. 13, from 2:30-6:30 p.m. at St. John’s UCC in Chamois.

Nursing Home Mass – A Mass will be offered for “Joseph (Joe) Brunnert” on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m. at Frene Valley Nursing Home in Hermann.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

MPH: goal - $2,666; pledged - $3,506 by 32 parishioners

Assumption: goal -$3,000; pledged - $3,180 by 22 parishioners 

PSR News – On Wednesday, December 12, PSR students will meet as usual at 7:00 p.m. and then proceed to church at 7:15 p.m. for reconciliation service.  On Wednesday, December 19, all PSR students will meet at 7:00 p.m. in MPH hall for a Christmas celebration. The plan is to go Christmas Caroling – everyone is welcome to come along – parents, grandparents, parishioners.  Each PSR family is asked to bring one dozen cookies to share.

Christmas Open House of Churches and Tours of Homes, Rectory, and Barrister and Brews – Next Sunday, December 16, from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Culminating with Handbell Choir presentation and chili supper at 5:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary Church.  For more info, see detailed poster in back of church.

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

Holiday Mass Schedule
Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)   --  4:45 p.m. at Assumption
and 9:45 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 Assumption
New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)    --  9:00 a.m. at Most Pure Heart

Help for Troubled Marriages!  The St. Louis Retrouvaille Program starts with a weekend February 8-10, 2013, (Friday night thru Sunday) and has 6 follow-up sessions.  If you are facing financial difficulties, we can work with you.  For confidential information about Retrouvaille, call toll free 1-800-470-2230, or visit

Diocese of Jefferson City to Air Advent Radio Spots Calling Catholics Back to Church - The Diocese of Jefferson City is airing commercial radio spots throughout the month of December in an Advent appeal that encourages inactive Catholics to attend weekend Mass.  The 30-second spots feature Bishop John R. Gaydos, who offers a seasonal reflection and invites Catholics back to church. The ads were produced by the diocesan Communications Office with the support of a grant from the Missouri Knights of Columbus.  The ads will run for four weeks on Jefferson City radio station 94.3 FM (KATI-KAT Country) beginning December 2 and on Eldon station 101.9 FM (KZWV-The Wave) starting December 9.  Those stations serve an area that includes a large portion of Diocese’s parishes in central and northern Missouri.  The spots will also air on Catholic Radio, 88.1 FM (KHJR) and the Mustard Seed programs on KWIX-AM 1120 in Moberly and KRRL-AM 1420 in California.

Looking for Spiritual Direction? (can assist you in discovering your true self and help you to grow in your relationship with God and one another) – For more info, see poster in back of church or contact Sr. Laura Jean Spaeth, SSND, 573-415-3533,

Calendar of Parish Events – Nov/Dec

Dec     - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- MPH Samaritan Cntr Coll
Dec 11 – Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Dec 12 – PSR/Reconciliation Service
6pm at AS
7pm at MPH
Dec 16 – Chamois Tour of Homes &
Dec 19 – PSR Xmas Celebration
Dec 24 – 4:45 PM Mass at AS
-  9:45 PM Mass at MPH
Dec 25 -  9:00 AM Mass at AS
Dec 25 – Voc/Pr Ret Collection
Dec 26 – No PSR Classes
Dec 31 – 6:00 PM Mass at AS
Jan 1    - 9:00 AM Mass at MPH

Potluck Christmas Lunch – Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 12:30 p.m-3:00 p.m. at Morrison Community Center.  Bring covered dish.  Also bring can of food for donation to food pantry.  Cards/games following.  Sponsored by MWA Senior Summit Chapter.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613.

Bulletin Deadline – 9:30 a.m. on Fridays.

Christmas Tour of St. George rectory in Hermann, December  9, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.