February 7, 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: $382.00 Haiti Earthquake$225.00
(Jan. 31, 2010) Church Int. Ren.$285.00 Candles$1.00 Good Shep Cntr$40.26
 ASSUMPTION: $1,012.00 Haiti Earthquake$65.00
 Fuel$45.00 Gasc. Co. Food Pantry$84.00

COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 2/7–Gayle Hackmann, 2/14–Gary Seifert, 2/21–Joe Budnik, 2/28–Danny Lamb
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. 9 8:00 a.m.** WEDNESDAYFeb. 10 6:30 p.m.
Louise McDonaldLouise Rackers
THURSDAYFeb. 11 8:00 a.m. FRIDAYFeb. 12 8:00 a.m.
Stafford & Grace PilePaul & Anna Mae McDowell
SUNDAYFeb. 14 8:00 a.m. SATURDAYFeb. 13 6:00 p.m.
Evelyn AntweilerFor the People

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


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!

Text Box:       Assumption Fish Fry has been rescheduled to Friday, February 19 (due to the snowy weather on Feb. 5)!  Serving fish, hush puppies, slaw, baked beans & pie 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  Adult/$7.50, 8 & under/$3, 3 & under/free.  Come one and all!

Ladies, Mark Your Calendars! - A Women’s Luncheon featuring a guest speaker is planned for Sunday, April 18, in St. Mary’s hall.  Details forthcoming.

Valentine Dinner - Roast beef dinner w/trimmings, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Hop’s Hideaway.  Adult/$5, children/$3.  Please bring canned food donation for Osage County food pantry.  Please make reservations with Hops or Marlo for meals so there will be enough food.  Sponsored by MWA Senior.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613.

Remember in Your Prayers the repose of the soul of Sr. Ethel Marie Boffa, C.PP.S., who has gone before us with the sign of faith on January 24.  Sister ministered at Assumption School from 1942-1945.

Text Box:  After being here these few months, I wanted to make just a few reflections on our Sunday Liturgy. It is the most important thing that we do each week, both as individual Catholics, and as a community. I am most impressed at the readers who both read so well and take the time for a moment of silence after each reading. Our liturgy, while it is primarily a communal celebration, that is something we do together, it should also have times of quiet for personal prayer and reflection. One of the longest times that the Church reserves for you and your personal prayer is at the offertory. The church instructs the priest to say the prayers over the bread and wine ‘softly’ (though they may be said ‘aloud’). I think the intention is to give the congregation this time for personal reflection and prayer having just heard the Sacred Scriptures and now preparing to celebrate the Eucharist. Yes, there must be time for your offering and it is probably a ‘greater good’ to join together in singing, but you should also have a little time for just you and the Lord. You may even close your eyes and just be with your Lord, until the prayer ‘Pray Brethren’, at which time we stand. That was changed several years ago from standing only at your response, to standing at (or for) the ‘Pray Brethren’. So probably at that time someone desiring not to be late encouraged you to stand before the Pray Brethren, but then it became after the washing of hands, then during the washing of hands, and it seems as if now people are standing even before the washing of hands. Standing is a sign of something important going on. We stand at the Gospel because it is the Good News about Jesus Christ, we would stand if the Pope or Bishop came into a room and so on. The washing of hands at the offertory is NOT important and there is no need to stand before it, during, or afterwards. There is no need to guess when father will have his book in place and the altar ready, or if he will be using incense or some other preparation. You may remain seated and in your private communion with the Lord until you hear the invitation ‘Pray Brethren’, at which time all stand - as we are nearing something most important – the Eucharistic Prayer. It is at the Eucharistic Prayer that you should have your eyes fixed intently on the priest and altar. It is then that something is really happening – bread is becoming the Body of our Lord, wine is becoming his blood. Look intently on the miracle taking place before you. You know the words, there is no need to be looking at the missallette at that time.
     “Next week – the second time given for your personal prayers.
     “The Parish Meeting we had the other week recognized that we need to keep up with the computer age, and said we should have a website and other presence on the web. So I have begun and we have a website and two domains:www.MostPureHeart.organdwww.AssumptionMorrison.org. So if you want to take a look and make suggestions, or, better, if you would like to help and know ‘Dreamweaver’ then let me know.”...Fr. Dave

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 - Jan. 3 $889.00 $1,065.00
Jan. 10 $1,093.00 $662.00
Jan. 17 $812.00 $565.00
Jan. 24 $673.00 $611.26
Jan. 31 $382.00 $1,012.00
To date for January $3,849.00 $3,915.26
Offertory budget goal 7/1/09-1/31/10 $23,870.00 $19,210.39
Sunday collection 7/1/09-1/31/10 $24,234.50 $23,517.26
Difference $364.50 $4,306.87

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17.  Please mark your calendars for these faith opportunities:

Ash Wednesday - Mass, along with the distribution of ashes, will be offered at 7:15 p.m. at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, February 17.  In addition, ashes will be distributed at the Mass on Thursday, February 18, for Assumption parishioners.

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 coffee & group faith-sharing sessions once a week at the tentative time of after Mass on Friday mornings, beginning February 19.  These sessions will be based on the upcoming Sunday’s readings.  St. Mary’s will also be offering Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent at 6:30 p.m. beginning February 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.

Natural Family Planning Class - Want to follow the Church's teaching and get off the Pill? Learn Natural Family Planning with the Couple to Couple League. Its philosophy is in full accord with Catholic teaching and the method is as effective as the Pill with none of the side effects of unnatural methods. A three-part series of classes will start on February 21, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. in Columbia. For info/registration, call Christian or Kate Basi at (573) 449-8342.

Marriage Encounter - February 27/28 in Jeff.  Contact Roger and Brenda Kempker at 573-642-3647 or kempker@jeffcityme.org or visit www.jeffcityme.org for more info/to print out a registration form.

MWA Matching Fund Event (Trivia night, silent auction & 50/50 raffle) on Friday, April 9, at 6:00 p.m. at Pershing Community Center.  $10/person, must have 8-10 people per team or per table.  Proceeds to Pershing Community Center to purchase sound system.  Sponsored by MWA Senior.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613. 

Knights of Columbus Scholarship - Anyone who is the son/daughter of a K of C member and who is going to be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in an accredited university, college, or technical school in 2010-2011 may apply. Applications available at www.mokofc.org, click on "online forms", then "Student Scholarships Application". Applications need to be postmarked by Feb. 15. For officer signature see Arthur Riegel or Randy Thoenen. For info, contact Randy Thoenen 763-5462.

Catholic Stewardship Appeal - As of 2/1/10, 24 St. Mary’s parishioners have contributed $2,125 (86%) toward goal of $2,480; 19 Assumption parishioners have contributed $2,775 (101%) toward goal of $2,756.