March 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:
parish email:, rectory office email:
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: $780.00 Three-in-One Collection $20.00
(Mar 7, 2010) Church Int. Ren. $90.00 Candles $2.50
 ASSUMPTION: $1,155.10 Three-in-One Collection $40.00
    Candles $7.50

COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 3/14–Gayle Hackmann, 3/21–Gary Seifert, 3/28-Joe Budnik, 4/3-Danny Lamb

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 March 16 10:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY March 17 6:30 p.m.
Louise McDonald Louise Rackers
THURSDAY March 18 6:30** p.m. FRIDAY March 19 8:00 a.m.
Stafford & Grace Pile Lionel Murray
SUNDAY March 21 8:00 a.m. SATURDAY March 20 6:00 p.m.
For the People Edward Scott


**Thursday Mass Time at Assumption during Lent will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by Stations.

Three-In-One Collection - This weekend we take up the Three-In-One Collection.  You are invited to give hope to Jesus in disguise.  Give hope to the community that has lost its livelihood to a crop disease; to the refugee child, separated from her mother; to the immigrant, trying to keep faith alive in a foreign land. The Three-In-One Collection helps to fund programs that give hope to refugees, immigrants, and the impoverished, including victims of war, natural disaster, and drought.  Through humanitarian, economic, pastoral, and advocacy efforts, the Three-In-One Collection gives hope.  Please be generous in this weekend’s collection.  If you forgot your envelope today, just drop it in the collection basket next weekend.

Stations of the Cross are offered during Lent at Assumption on Thursdays after the 6:30 p.m. Mass and at St. Mary's on Fridays at 6:30 p.m.  Also, for the coming week, Stations of the Cross will be offered on Wednesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. and will be led by PSR grades 3, 4, & 5.  All are welcome.

PSR News - On Wednesday, March 17, grades 3, 4, & 5 will lead Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m.  PSR evening classes will begin as usual at 7:00 p.m. - then proceed to church for the Stations at 7:30 p.m.

Lenten Quiet Hour - Bethel Salem Presbyterian women invite you to a Lenten Quiet Hour on Saturday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m.  Donations for the Haiti disaster of money or cloth diapers.  RSVP Marilyn Nolting 943-6372 or Karen Niewald 943-2236.  Details on poster in back of St. Mary’s Church.

Lenten Reconciliation Services (at 7:00 p.m.) - March 24 in Chamois, March 24 in Loose Creek, March 25 in Hermann, March 31 in Westphalia.

 Text Box:       Today is ‘Laetare’ Sunday, which means rejoicing. We rejoice at the coming celebration of our redemption. So Lent has taken a subtle turn. We have been preparing ourselves for Easter through repentance. Now that we have repented, and done penance, it’s time to turn our attention to the coming celebration of Christ’s supreme redemptive act for us - that is his death and resurrection. Now is the time to more seriously reflect and meditate on what Christ has done for us, namely, offered his life on the cross to pay our debt for sin, and died for our salvation. I hope that in these final weeks of Lent, we can all reflect more fully on these mysteries. Now would be a good time to really make the effort to walk the Way of the Cross with Jesus, either together on Thursday (Morrison) or Friday (Chamois) evening, or as part of your daily/weekly prayer. And especially make plans now (and I’ll be reminding you in the next couple of weeks) to participate in the Holy Week Services of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday! This is the center of our faith life. I can’t believe that there are Catholics who have never participated in these High Holy Day services. It is the events we commemorate on these days – The Last Supper – the Crucifixion – and Resurrection – that give meaning to our lives and our hope for everlasting life. It’s really important that we give them priority in our lives.
     “We have received news from Bishop Gaydos, that the planned date for his visit to bless the remodeling in Chamois will no longer work for him. So we have changed it to Sunday May 2. It will now be a Sunday morning with a brunch reception after Mass. Anyone willing to help with the brunch/reception is invited to a meeting in the rectory this Tuesday, March 16, at 7 pm.
    “In our finances this week, we did not have enough in our (St. Mary’s) checking account for all the bills that have come in already for this month. Hopefully, by the end of the month there will be enough to cover all bills. But this just shows how important are the extra fundraisers we do each year. Therefore, I really ask and encourage everyone to do all that is possible to make our Spring Dinner a big success. Please help, participate, invite your friends, and sell raffle tickets to help keep us above water all the time.
     “God bless.”...Fr. Dave

Health Care Bill - President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are making a final, all-out push to ram through a massive health care restructuring bill that the National Right to Life Committee has branded "the most pro-abortion single piece of legislation that has ever come to the House floor for a vote."  Action requested by Missouri Right to Life:  Even if you previously have called your representative (Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, 202-225-2956, to oppose the health care bill -- please do it again! And ask any like-minded friends and relatives to do the same.  For more info, visit

Weekend Mass Location Change - Beginning the first weekend in April, we will continue our tradition of switching the location for the weekend Masses.  Therefore, effective the weekend of April 3/4, the Saturday evening Mass will be at Assumption and the Sunday morning Mass will be at St. Mary’s.  Please note that since this is Easter weekend, the Mass times are 9:00 p.m. on Saturday (4/3) at Assumption and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday (4/4) at St. Mary’s.  Beginning the following weekend, April 10/11, the Saturday evening Mass will be at Assumption at 6:00 p.m. (please note that the Saturday evening Mass time will stay at 6:00 p.m.).  The Sunday morning Mass will then be at 8:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s.

Do You Need To Get Away From It All? - Come for a quiet weekend with our Lord.  A retreat at the Marianist Retreat Center at Eureka, MO, begins Friday, March 26, with 5:30 p.m. supper and closes Sunday with lunch at 12:00.  Call Clarine Means 763-5667 for all the details.  We go with the Hermann women.

Holy Week Schedule 2010
Holy Thursday 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s
Good Friday 3:00 p.m. at Assumption
7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s
Holy Saturday 9:00 p.m. at Assumption
Easter Sunday 9:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s

* the 3:00 p.m. service on Good Friday at Assumption will not be the traditional service, but will consist of Stations of the Cross, etc.


Operation Rice Bowl - As we begin the second half of our journey with Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl, we remember that we are called to be stewards of what God has given us, and we connect our prayers and fasting with our giving.

Easter Contata - Sunday, March 28, at 6:00 p.m. at St. James U.C.C. Church in Morrison. Everyone welcome.  Presented by Hermann Methodist Choir.




Holy Week Liturgy Assignments - Since Holy Week begins the last week of this month, listed below is a sneak preview of some of the Holy Week liturgy assignments:

Lector Altar Ministers
Holy Thursday (StM)*Viv BossNick McKague, John Dudenhoeffer,
   Jim Schollmeyer, Kim Trachsel
Good Friday (StM)Josie Lamb, Rob SchollmeyerBrady Stone, Jacob Trachsel
Holy Saturday (AS)Lorna Rost, Doris Rost,
Karen Kuschel
Dennis & Gayle Hackmann
                *Washing of the feet: Wayne Trachsel, Jerry Means, John Dudenhoeffer, Larry Boss, Dennis Lamb, Henry Nolte. 


NEXT Sunday, March 21, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fried chicken/pork sausage dinners
Adults/$8.50, ages 6-12/$3, 5 and under/free

Spring Dinner Set-Up - Saturday, March 20, at 9:00 a.m.  Volunteers needed to prepare kitchen, dining hall, and fry building.  Workers also needed to prepare fruit salads at this time. 

Spring Dinner Notes:  Worklist/raffle tickets are available for pickup in an envelope with your name in the back of church.  It’s not too late to make a donation for meat - just put in an envelope marked “meat donation” and drop in the collection basket.  Also, please bring plastic containers (any size) for carry-outs. Thank you.

Easter Lilies - If anyone would like to donate lilies for Easter (in memory of a loved one if so desired), please have them in the back of church by Good Friday.  This is for both parishes.  Thank you!

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 - Mar 7 $780.00 $1,155.10
Mar 14    
Mar 21    
Mar 28    
To date for February $780.00 $1,155.10
Offertory budget goal 7/1/09-2/21/10 $27,720.00 $22,308.84
Sunday collection 7/1/09-2/21/10 $28,727.00 $27,184.36
Difference $1,007.00 $4,875.52


Group Faith-Sharing Sessions at St. Mary's are being held once a week during Lent in St. Mary's hall on Friday mornings after the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  Come share a cup of coffee and discussion on how we can be "Disciples on the Journey.”  All are welcome to attend any and all sessions.

Women’s Luncheon - Ladies, including teen girls, mark your calendar to attend the Women’s Luncheon on Sunday, April 18, in St. Mary’s hall.  Gather time 11:45 a.m., 12:00 noon luncheon.  Speaker Deborah Gorman, author of book “Grandma’s Shoebox,” writes that the shoebox was filled with her Grandma’s prayer books, bible, novenas, litanies, and beautiful pictures of Jesus, Mary and Joseph - it was filled with the touchstones to her soul.  Deborah would like to promote the faith and the messages that were left behind in that little shoebox.  Can visit  If planning to attend, please RSVP to Viv Boss 763-5928 or Ev Dudenhoeffer 763-5421 by April 10. $5 cover charge can be paid that day.

Congratulations to Fr. Jerry Kaimann, parish priest at  Marceline, who is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his priesthood ordination!


Calendar of Parish Events - March

March 17 - PSR Stations (led by grades 3, 4, & 5)
March 18 - AS 6:30 PM Mass & Stations
March 19 - StM Group Faith Sharing
- StM 6:30 PM Stations
March 21 - StM Spring Dinner
March 24 - Reconciliation Service
March 25 - AS 6:30 PM Mass & Stations
March 26 - StM Group Faith Sharing
- StM 6:30 PM Stations
March 27 - StM Cemetery Work Day

March 31 - No PSR Classes

“Moratorium Now!” Rally & Lobbying Day - For a moratorium on the death penalty - March 17 at 10:00 a.m. at State Capitol.  For info, call 816-931-4177 or visit

? of the week - How have you or your family welcomed a family member who has been distant and/or absent from you?

Bookmobile in Chamois March 15, 4:15-5:30 p.m.

The William H. (Bill) Simon Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to Catholic students who are in financial need for the purpose of attending an accredited college or university of the student's choice. The scholarship
is $1,000 per semester (up to 8 semesters) to assist the student in meeting educational needs. The deadline for submission of the application, SAR, and letters of recommendation is March 31, 2010. To request an application, please contact the parish office.

Potluck/Presentation - Sunday, March 14, at Morrison Community Center.  12:00 noon meal; ham, bread & drinks furnished, please bring a side dish.  1:00 program on country of Denmark by Rasmus Anderson, exchange student from Denmark.  Co-sponsored by MWA & MWA Senior.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613 or Lorna Rost 294-7276. 

40 Days for Life is an intensive pro-life campaign that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil, and community outreach.  This event in Columbia is at its midpoint, but it’s not too late to participate.  For info, contact Kathy at 573-491-3522 or visit

Community Easter Egg Hunt - Sunday, March 28, at 2:00 p.m. at Morrison City Park.  For ages up to 8 years old.  Sponsored by MWA Teen Club.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613. 

Social Events Elsewhere - 1) Fish Fry at Sacred Heart parish in Rich Fountain March 12, 4:30-7:30 p.m.  2) Argyle-Koeltztown parishes’ Spring Dinner at VFW Hall in Argyle March 28, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  3) Spring Dinner at Freeburg March 28, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Thank You received from Hermann Community Food Pantry and Samaritan Center for recent donations to help those who need assistance.  God bless you!



Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night (March 13).
Daylight savings time begins this weekend!