February 12, 2012

Most Pure Heart of Mary and Assumption Churches
P. O. Box 156, Chamois, MO 65024
Fr. David Means, Canonical Administrator,

www.MostPureHeart.org and www.AssumptionMorrison.org

church (573) 763-5345, cell (573) 301-0350 email: FrDave@MostPureHeart.org
parish email: mphparish@centurytel.net, rectory office email: mphsec@centurytel.net
Lucy Brenner, R.N., Parish Nurse 573-294-6675

SUNDAY EUCHARIST: Sat 6:00 p.m. at St. Mary's -Chamois (til Apr) and
Sun 8:00 a.m. at Assumption - Morrison (til Apr)

SUNDAY COLLECTIONST. MARY’S: $945.00 candles $2.50
(Feb 5, 2012) Samaritan Centr $25.00    
 ASSUMPTION: $857.00 Special offering $150.00
  Herman Food $53.00 candles $12.50


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 2/12 - Gayle Hackmann, 2/19 - Gary Seifert, 2/26 - Joe Budnik, 3/4 - Danny Lamb

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 Feb 14 8:00 am WEDNESDAY Feb 15 6:00 pm
Bonnie & Genrose Haslag Regina M. Stewart
THURSDAY Feb 16 8:00 am FRIDAY Feb 17 8:00 am
Leo Rotter Paul Mehmert
SUNDAY Feb 19 8:00 am SATURDAY Feb 18 6:00 pm
Urban Rost For the people

**Note Tuesday Mass Time Change - Just a gentle reminder that Tuesday’s Mass will be at 8:00 a.m., with this being the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Text Box:  “As part of researching our parish history, attempting to put together a history book for our Centennial Celebration in May, I have been reading the old parish announcements/bulletins we have. I’ve read them all from 1945 through 1993!!! (1945 is the earliest announcements we have, which were read at Mass. What did they do before that? Anybody remember that far back?) One thing I noticed right away, was that it’s mostly the same names that come up over and over, and most of those recent names are those that are still doing everything today. So my first thought was, of course they’re tired of being asked to do everything. But then I got to thinking, we don’t get tired of being a parent, we work our job or livelihood for 30 or 40 years or more, certainly our religion is part of our life, that we don’t get tired of, or retire from. Certainly after 31 years of priesthood, I know I’m still happy and excited to be doing God’s work. So rather I thought: What wonderful people, still doing what is expected of them! So thanks to all who have served the Church and God so well for so many years. Well done, good and faithful servants.”...Fr. Dave

Family and Parish History Book - Every family is invited to submit a family genealogical sketch and have their photo taken and additionally submit several family photos, for your ‘page’ in our ‘Family Album’. Photos will be this Saturday and next. Will need to have all material by Lent! Or end of February at the latest. Call or email Fr. Dave for assistance. It’s great if you can send info or photos by email.

Fish Fry at Assumption - Friday, Feb. 24, serving fish, hush puppies, slaw, baked beans & pie 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Adults/$7.50, children under 8/$3.00, children under 3/free.
URGENT!  Recipes Needed! - MPH parishioners are asked to submit their recipes for the centennial cookbook as soon as possible!  The cookbook needs to get off the ground to be ready for our centennial. 

Nursing Home Masses - A Mass will be offered for “Mary Chicowlas” on Tues., Feb. 14, at 9:30 a.m. at Frene Valley Nursing Home in Hermann.  A Mass will be offered for “Dora White” on Thurs., Feb. 16, at 10:00 a.m. at Autumn Meadows in Linn.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/11-6/30/12 $43,160.00 $33,020.00
Budget goal per month $3,597.00 $2,750.00
Weekly goal $830.00 $635.00
Collection - Feb 5 $945 $857
Feb 12    
Feb 19    
Feb 26    
To date for February $945 $857
Offertory budget goal 7/1/11-2/5/12 $26,560.00 $20,320.00
Sunday collection 7/1/11-2/5/12 $25,885.00 $19,948.00
Difference -$675.00 -$372.00

? Of the Week - Name a time when you experienced Jesus’ healing touch.

PSR News - PSR class notes for this week: Grades 3 & 4 will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:00 p.m.

Handbell Choir Rehearsal - Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7:00 p.m.

Defend Religious Liberty - 1) Rally for Religious Liberty on Tuesday, March 27, at State Capitol in Jeff.  This rally will protest the recent mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers, including the Catholic Church, to provide health coverage for contraceptives, sterilization and abortion drugs.  2) MO is not waiting for Congress to act. Senator John Lamping has introduced SB 749, a bill that would place in state law a prohibition on government forcing employers to provide coverage for contraceptives, sterilization or abortion drugs. His bill would also ensure that people don’t have to buy health plans that include these morally objectionable items.  Action requested by MO Catholic Conference:  Contact President Pro Tem Robert Mayer (573-751-3859, email rob.mayer@senate.mo.gov) and Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey (573-751-1141, email tom.dempsey@senate.mo.gov) and ask them to please make passage of SB 749 the MO Senate’s top priority.  Also contact Senator John Lamping (573-751-2514, email john.lamping@senate.mo.gov) and thank him for sponsoring SB 749.


Faith Sharing During Lent at MPH - Grow in faith during Lent by joining together to delve into the Sunday readings.  A faith sharing group will be meeting on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in MPH hall beginning Feb. 23.  Everyone is welcome to join.  If anyone is interested in meeting at an evening time, please call Viv Boss or Ev Dudenhoeffer.

Social Event Elsewhere - K of C Fish Fry at Loose Creek Feb. 17, 5:30-8:00 p.m.


Calendar of Parish Events - Feb

Feb     - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- MPH Samaritan Cntr Coll
Feb 14 - PSR Gr 3 & 4
- Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Feb 15 - PSR Classes
Feb 21 - PSR Gr 3 & 4
- Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Feb 22 - PSR Classes/Mass
Feb 23 - MPH Lenten Faith Sharing
MPH Liturgy Comm Mtg
Feb 24 - AS Fish Fry/Scrip Sale
Feb 26 - Scrip Sale at AS
Feb 28 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Feb 29 - Heart of Mary Funfest
            - PSR Classes



Bishop Gaydos Calls on Catholics to Oppose Government’s Plan
to Force Church to Pay for Contraceptives, Abortion-Inducing Drugs

February 4-5, 2012
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I write to you concerning an alarming and serious matter that negatively impacts the Church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.  The federal government, which claims to be “of, by, and for the people,” has just dealt a heavy blow to almost a quarter of those people—the Catholic population—and to the millions more who are served by the Catholic faithful.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that almost all employers, including Catholic employers, will be forced to offer their employees’ health coverage that includes sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception.  Almost all health insurers will be forced to include those “services” in the health policies they write.  And almost all individuals will be forced to buy that coverage as a part of their policies.
In so ruling, the Administration has cast aside the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, denying to Catholics our Nation’s first and most fundamental freedom, that of religious liberty.  And as a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled either to violate our consciences, or to drop health coverage for our employees (and suffer the penalties for doing so).  The Administration’s sole concession was to give our institutions one year to comply.
We cannot—we will not—comply with this unjust law.  People of faith cannot be made second class citizens.  We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom.  Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God given rights.  In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties.  I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same.  Our children and grandchildren deserve nothing less.
And therefore, I would ask of you two things.  First, as a community of faith we must commit ourselves to prayer and fasting that wisdom and justice may prevail, and religious liberty may be restored.  Without God, we can do nothing; with God, nothing is impossible.  Second, I would also recommend visiting www.usccb.org/conscience, to learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty, and how to contact Congress* in support of legislation that would reverse the Administration’s decision.
With my best wishes and personal regards, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ, Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City

*Contact Info - Senator Claire McCaskill (202-224-6154 email at http://mccaskill.senate.gov) and  President Obama (202-456-1111, email at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact) - tell them that you oppose this government infringement on religious liberty and rights of conscience and ask them to support the "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act".  U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (202-225-2956 email at  http://luetkemeyer.house.gov) and Senator Roy Blunt (202-224-5721 email at http://blunt.senate.gov), (co-sponsors of the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act” in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, respectively) - thank them for their sponsorship of the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act”.