February 22 - 1st Sunday of Lent, 2015

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: SUN 8:00 a.m. at Assumption - Morrison and
Sat 6:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart - Chamois

Feb 15, 2015     Food Pantry $10.00
  ASSUMPTION: $375.00 candles $17.50
      Food Pantry $13.00



2/22 - Danny Lamb, 3/1 - Larry Kuebler, 3/8 - Gayle Hackmann, 3/15 - Gary Seifert


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


Tuesday Feb 24 10:00 am Wednesday Feb 25 6:00 pm
Verhoff Family Jane Keilholz
Thursday Feb 26 10:00 am Friday Feb 27 8:00 am
Mabel Renkemeyer Verhoff Family
Sunday March 1 8:00 am SATURDAY Feb 28 6:00 pm
For the People Otto Boss

“Lent! Our season of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and sacrifice! Will we take advantage of this time and at least try to do something special this Lent? Why is this important? As you know, Lent has two main themes – Repentance for the first weeks, and then Christ’s passion as we approach Holy Week. These are related. We repent because Christ has redeemed us. Christ had to come and redeem us because we were sinners. If we wish to share in Christ’s saving action, we must make the decision to live for Him. It is an important decision in our life. If we are not growing closer to Christ this Lent, we are growing apart. Let’s do the right thing and live for Christ.”…Fr. Dave

Seafood Buffet News – If you would like to donate a raffle prize for the Seafood Buffets, please call Rob Schollmeyer (573) 680-0902.   Posters available in back of church.  Please help spread the word by taking some & displaying them at your place of work or elsewhere. 

Parish Mission at Westphalia – Fr. Ron Kruel will give a different talk at 7:00 p.m. each evening, Sunday, Feb. 22, through Tuesday, Feb. 24, in St. Joseph Church in Wesphalia.  Topics: “Seeing Jesus’ Love for Himself Manifested in His Love for Others”; “Recognizing How God has been Breaking into Our Lives”; “Choosing Where to Look for God in our Future Life”.

Seafood Buffets at MPH – Fridays, March 6 & March 20, 4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  Serving all-you-can-eat catfish, frog legs, shrimp & all the fixin’s.  Adults/$12, children/$7.  Raffle to be held March 20.  Buy a full-priced adult meal on March 6 & receive coupon worth $1 off adult meal on March 20. 

Keep in Your Prayers Fr. Pat Dowling (hip surgery Feb. 20).  If you’d like to send him a card, his address is:  2509 Rose Drive, Columbia, MO 65201.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/13-6/30/14 $48,120.00 $35,380.00
Budget goal per month $4,010.00 $2,950.00
Weekly goal $925.00 $680.00
Collection - Feb 1 $1,342 $1,114
Feb 8 $1,276 $602
Feb 15 $1,054 $375
Feb 22    
To date for Feb. A$3,672 $2,091
Offertory budget goal 7/1/14-2/15/15 $30,525 $22,440
Sunday collection 7/1/14-2/15/15 $42,538 $25,399
Difference $12,013 $2,959

Question of the Week - What is the one area of your life which you most want to "reform" as you get ready to embrace the Gospel?

Handbells Rehearsal – Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7:00 p.m. in MPH hall.

March Contribution Envelope Packets are available in the back of church.

MPH Hall Cleaners for March – Kim & Wayne Trachsel, Tim & Joyce Wright.  (Please remember to fill out Group Volunteer Timesheet located in kitchen.)

Congratulations to Nick & Crystal Schollmeyer on the birth of their son, Hank Virgil!  

Pro-Life Events – 1) Pro-Life Rosary Monday, March 2, at 9:00 a.m. in MPH church.  2) Pro-Life Action Day at the Capitol March 10.  Details forthcoming.

Blood Drives - 1) Monday, March 2, in Osage R-1 School library, from 2:00-7:00 p.m.  To make an appointment, please call school 763-5393 or email Sabra Paulsmeyer paulsmeyers@osager1.com. 2) March 3 at Loose Creek Community Center, 3:00-7:00 p.m.  Call 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment, or visit redcrossblood.org.    

Benefit Meal, Auction & Bake Sale for Dennis Dudenhoeffer – Saturday, Feb. 28, 4:30 p.m. in St. George Church basement in Linn. 

Religious Ed Institute “Baptism – Sent Forth on a Mission of Love” – Monday, March 23, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at St. Joe’s Cathedral in Jeff.  For more info/to register, contact parish office or Maureen Quinn 635-9127, mquinn@diojeffcity.org.


Lent Info
Lent Penance Services – Wednesday, March 4, at 7:15 p.m. for PSR students & Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. at MPH for parishioners.  Elsewhere:  March 8 at Frankenstein at 1:30 p.m.; March 15 at Linn at 5:00 p.m.

Hungering for a Better Life – Our journey with CRS Rice Bowl begins in Tanzania, where a simple soybean is changing lives!  What actions can you take this Lent to change lives – at home and around the world?

Stations of the Cross – Wednesdays during Lent at 6:30 p.m. at Assumption.

Lenten Daily Email Reflections – Fr. Robert Barron, creator of “Catholicism” and other highly acclaimed Catholic TV series, offers daily Lenten reflections by email.  Go to www.LentReflections.com to register, totally free.

CSA – Assumption parishioners have crossed the finish line, MPH parish is almost at the goal line!  Many thanks to those who have contributed!

Catholic Stewardship Appeal

                        Goal__   Pledged   # Participants 
MPH                $3,439      $3,232               31

Assumption     $3,479      $3,515               24

Morning of Guided, Quiet Prayer - Saturday, Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. at the Chancery in Jeff.  For more info, larryblp@mediacombb.net or 573/291-1415.

Reminder – Save your gently used household items, clothing, toys, furniture, etc., for Assumption’s Rummage Sale on March 27 & 28.  Details forthcoming.

Events Elsewhere – 1) Spaghetti Dinner at Zion St. Peter UCC in Pershing Feb. 22, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Proceeds benefit Zimbabwe kindergarten project.   Presentation on Africa. 2) Fish Fry at Rich Fountain Feb. 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m. 3) CYO Breakfast at Frankenstein March 1, 7:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 4) Fish Frys March 13 at Bonnots Mill, 5:30-8:00 p.m. and Rich Fountain, 4:30-7:30 p.m.


Calendar of Parish Events – Feb/Partial March
Feb 24 – Handbells Rehearsal
Feb 25 – PSR Classes

AS Stations

Feb 26 – Catholicism DVD MPH
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
March 2  - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
March 3  - Handbells Rehearsal
March 4  - AS Prayer Group 10 AM
-  AS Stations
- PSR Classes/Penance Service
March 5 – Catholicism DVD MPH
March 6  - Seafood Buffet
March 10 – Handbells Rehearsal
March 11 – PSR Classes
-  AS Stations
March 12 – MPH Penance Service

March 14/15 – 3-in-1 Coll

March 20 - Seafood Buffet

Events Elsewhere – 1) Valentine’s Dinner at St. James UCC in Morrison Feb. 15, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 2) Breakfast at Church of the Risen Savior in Starkenburg Feb. 15. 3) Spaghetti Dinner at Zion St. Peter UCC in Pershing Feb. 22, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Proceeds benefit Zimbabwe kindergarten project.   Presentation on Africa.

Bishop’s Lenten Pastoral Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On Ash Wednesday, we embarked once again on a solemn journey through these forty days of Lent.  As we hear in the Gospel for this First Sunday of Lent, Jesus was driven by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted.  The Spirit prompts us to go along with him, to face our own temptations and conquer them with help of God’s grace.  Pope Francis points out that one of the biggest temptations to be overcome is an attitude of indifference.  If things are going well for us, there is a tendency to forget about our need for God, and to lose touch with those who are suffering.  The Lord was never indifferent toward his Father or to the struggles of humanity.  The Lenten ascetical practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving help us to imitate Christ in this way, by turning our focus back to love of God and our neighbor.
I wish to assure you and your family of my prayerful support during these days of Lent, and invite you to pray with me for the return of those who have drifted away from the faith.  It is my hope that all of us will take the opportunity to experience the tender forgiveness of God this Lent, and be renewed in heart and soul.
With my best wishes and personal regards, I am

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