February 14, 2010

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

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

SUNDAY COLLECTIONST. MARY’S: $1,487.50 Candles $2.50
(Feb 7, 2010) Church Int. Ren. $1,880.00   
 ASSUMPTION: $452.00   

COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 2/14–Gary Seifert, 2/21–Joe Budnik, 2/28–Danny Lamb, 3/7–Larry Kuebler
COUNTERS AT ST. MARY’S:1st Sun–Wilma Trachsel/Dennis Lamb, 2nd Sun–Jerry/Clarine Means, 3rd Sun–Viv/Larry Boss, 4th Sun–Otto/Joni Boss, 5th Sun–Clarence/Shirley Keilholz

TUESDAY** Feb. 16 10:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY Feb. 17 7:15 p.m.
Louise McDonald Louise Rackers
THURSDAY Feb. 18 6:30 p.m. FRIDAY Feb. 19 8:00 a.m.
Medard Rost Mathilda Schwaller
SUNDAY Feb. 21 8:00 a.m. SATURDAY Feb. 20 6:00 p.m.
Evelyn Antweiler For the People


**Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule - Mass, along with the distribution of ashes, will be offered at 7:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, February 17.  Mass, along with the distribution of ashes, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. at Assumption on Thursday, February 18.

fish* * *Assumption Fish Fry * * *
Friday, February 19, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Serving fish, hush puppies, slaw, baked beans & pie
Adult/$7.50, 8 & under/$3, 3 & under/free
Come one and all!

Donations for St. Mary’s Spring Dinner (March 21) - If you would like to make a raffle prize donation, cash prize donation, or any type of donation, please contact Jessica Hackmann 763-1036, Teresa Skaggs 763-5403, or Lori Hagenhoff 763-5485.  Raffle prize donation information needs to be in by February 15.  Meat donations are also being accepted and can be given to any of these three Spring Dinner chairpersons or dropped in the collection basket in an envelope marked “Spring Dinner meat donation”.  Thank you!

House Bill No. 1995 Would Generate More Money for Osage County R-1 School - This bill, if passed,  would tax the Callaway Nuclear Plant and create money for our school district.  There will be a meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Osage County R-1 School cafeteria to organize our efforts in support of this bill.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend this meeting.  Also, please contact our state legislators and ask their support of House Bill No. 1995.  Contact info:  Rep. Tom Loehner, (573) 751-1344, email tom.loehner@house.mo.gov.  Sen. Frank Barnitz, (573) 751-2108, email Frank.Barnitz@senate.mo.gov.

Text Box:       I started to reflect last week on our Sunday liturgy, which is for the most part, communal. But still, the Church wants you to have times of quiet and personal prayer. So after having listened together to the word of God, Proclaimed our Faith, and offered up our prayers, we are given a time of quiet while the altar and gifts are prepared. We should be preparing ourselves, and our spiritual gifts we are bringing to the altar, and getting ready for the great Eucharistic prayer. So you should take that time of quiet and personal reflection. The second big opportunity you have is after Communion. Communion is the culmination of our whole liturgy. We have been preparing to receive our Lord, and now the time has come. We should be overwhelmed that Our God, Our Lord, Our Creator and Redeemer has come to us. It should take precedence over anything else. We should be so caught up in what we have just received, that all else is overshadowed. And so, on returning to your pews, you may sit, stand, or kneel as you want, as whatever helps you to spend that time with your Lord in prayer and adoration. In Russia, with their love of Icons, many would stop at their favorite statue or icon for their after- Communion meditations. Unfortunately, that’s probably not possible at St. Mary’s, though very possible at Assumption given the set ups. Of course again, it’s probably a ‘greater good’ to join together in communal song, but you do not have to watch others going to Communion or the priest doing of dishes. Again, you can sit/stand/kneel in your private reflections until you hear the invitation to prayer; Let us pray. You most certainly do not have to kneel until the priest sits and then all sit all at once; when you do that, I get the impression that you are watching the priest more than you are aware of the Lord who has just come to you, and is in you.
     “This week we start Lent, of course, with Ash Wednesday. We’ll have distribution of ashes at Mass here in St. Mary’s and at Assumption on Thursday. Ash Wednesday is, as everyone knows, a day of fast and abstinence. While we are all free to choose our level of fasting and abstinence (and elderly are technically excused completely), we should take it seriously and try to do the most that we can, and not just the least. We’ll continue to reflect on our ‘penances’ as we get into Lent.
     “As I said last week, I have parish website up and running, though it will be changing as we go along, to always refine the style and such. So that takes time. I also know that our younger people are more into the internet and computers than our older members. So, of course, we would like to use it for you. What would you like to see, how can it be a help and convenience to you. What would our youth like to see. Who would be interested in putting together a youth page, etc. So if you have any ideas, or would like to help out, please let me know.  www.MostPureHeart.org and www.AssumptionMorrison.org.”...Fr. Dave

Lent Info

Sacrament of Reconciliation - This sacrament will be available from 5:15-5:45 p.m. on Saturdays at St. Mary’s.  Also, Fr. Dave will be available for this sacrament after the Sunday Mass at Assumption.

St. Mary’s will be offering: 1) group faith-sharing sessions with coffee in St. Mary’s hall once a week after Mass on Friday mornings, beginning February 19.  These sessions will be using the faith-sharing booklet called “Disciples On the Journey,” which is based on the upcoming Sunday’s readings.  If anyone is interested in starting an evening group, please contact Fr. Dave immediately with a date and time that would work.  2) Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent at 6:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 26.

Assumption - Beginning February 25, the Mass on Thursdays at Assumption during Lent will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by Stations of the Cross.

Operation Rice Bowl - As part of our community’s observance of Lent, we ask all families to participate in Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl, a program of prayer, fasting, learning, and giving. Please be sure to take home a Rice Bowl and follow this simple yet powerful Lenten practice.  Visit orb.crs.org for more info.

2010 Lenten Regulations & Admonitions - As another Lenten journey of conversion begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, Holy Mother Church calls all Catholics to a deeper spirit of penance, fasting, almsgiving and prayer.  In order to foster a greater spirit of penance, of reparation for sin, to encourage self-denial, and to guide us more closely in the footsteps of Christ, Holy Mother Church reminds us of the following:  1) Abstinence - all persons who have already celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.  2) Fasting - everyone, from the celebration of their 18th birthday to their 59th birthday, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting is generally understood to mean eating only one full meal each day. Two other partial meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken; but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.  Voluntary fasting on other weekdays of Lent is highly recommended. But please note: when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, neither the law of fasting nor the law of abstinence obliges. These are minimal penitential practices and should not be lightly excused. If in doubt, please consult your parish priest. Other recommended forms of fasting, as regards alcoholic drink, needless television, video games, internet use, and social entertainment, are of true spiritual value and strongly encouraged.  3) Almsgiving - The act of giving to the poor, in the most ancient tradition of the Church, is an expression of penance, a witness of fraternal charity, and an expression of Lenten conversion. Therefore, all Catholics are encouraged to support generously the charitable works of the whole Church: through regular stewardship to their parish, support of charities, and their generous response to the diocesan Catholic Stewardship Appeal.  4) Prayer - In order to deepen one's love for Christ, Catholics are urged all the more to participate in the Sacramental life of the Church during Lent by attending daily Mass.


Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/09-6/30/10 $40,000.00 $32,224.00
Budget goal per month $3,334.00 $2,685.33
Weekly goal $770.00 $619.69
Collection - Feb 7 $1,487.50 $452.00
Feb 14    
Feb 21    
Feb 28    
Jan. 31    
To date for February $1,487.50 $452.00
Offertory budget goal 7/1/09-2/7/10 $24,640.00 $19,830.08
Sunday collection 7/1/09-2/7/10 $25,722.00 $23,969.26
Difference $1,082.00 $4,139.18

PSR News - The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade PSR Mass originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17, will be rescheduled to a later date.  Please note that there will be Mass offered for Ash Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s on February 17.  Evening PSR classes will meet as usual at 7:00 p.m., then proceed to church for the 7:15 p.m. Mass.

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events at St. Mary’s :   1) March 5 - CYG Seafood Buffet,   2) March 21 - Spring Dinner.


My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

Each year, as we enter into the season of Lent, Christ through His Church, invites us to a sincere review of our lives in light of the Gospel. On Ash Wednesday, the Prophet Joel exhorts us to return the Lord with our whole heart (Joel 2:12), as our foreheads are marked with the penitential sign of ashes, and as we call upon the Lord to give us back the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12). It is during this graced time that Christ calls us all to a return, a conversion of heart and mind: a turning from sin, to the grace offered us in Christ.

In his Lenten message this year, Our Holy Father Pope Benedict reminds us of what this call to Christian conversion really is. He writes, "Conversion to Christ, believing in the Gospel, ultimately means this: to exit the illusion of self-sufficiency in order to discover and accept one's own need - the need of others and God, the need of His forgiveness and His friendship" (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for Lent 2010).

My prayer this Lent is that through our willingness to engage in greater prayer, fasting and almsgiving, God's grace will assist us to turn away from sin and turn more fully to Christ, who is the fullness of His forgiveness and friendship.

Participating in the life of grace given us through Christ's Sacraments, let us keep each other in prayer!

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend John R. Gaydos,

Bishop of Jefferson City

Mega-Sales Tax Proposals - Among the services taxed under the mega-sales tax proposals under consideration in the MO General Assembly are educational services provided by K-12 private and parochial schools.  By singling out private school parents for taxing while exempting all other school parents, the mega-sales tax penalizes parents who choose private or parochial schools.  Action requested by MO Catholic Conference:  contact our state legislators and ask them to please oppose mega-sales tax proposals like SJR 29 and HJR 56. The mega-sales tax will: 1) Tax private school parents, but not other school parents.  2) Make discrimination of private school parents part of the MO Constitution.  3) Discourage parents from choosing Catholic schools or other schools of their choice.  4) Make it more difficult for poor parents to escape failing public schools and attend successful private schoolsContact info:  Rep. Tom Loehner, (573) 751-1344, email tom.loehner@house.mo.gov.  Sen. Frank Barnitz, (573) 751-2108, email Frank.Barnitz@senate.mo.gov.

Catholic Stewardship Appeal - As of 2/8/10, 25 St. Mary’s parishioners have contributed $2,280 (92%) toward goal of $2,480; 19 Assumption parishioners have contributed $2,775 (101%) toward goal of $2,756.

Social Events Elsewhere - 1)  Chili Supper at Westphalia Lions Hall Feb. 20, 4:30-9:00 p.m.  2) Fish Fry at Sacred Heart parish in Rich Fountain Feb. 26, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Calendar of Parish Events - Feb.

Feb 17 - Grades 3, 4 & 5 PSR Mass -
CANCELLED - to be rescheduled
(Mass still to be held for Ash Wed.)
Feb 19 - StM Group Faith Sharing
- AS Fish Fry
Feb 25 - AS 6:30 PM Mass & Stations
Feb 26 - StM Group Faith Sharing
            - StM 6:30 PM Stations