Mar 2, 2014

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

church (573) 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. at Most Pure Heart - Chamois and
Sun 8:00 a.m. at Assumption - Morrison (Until April)

Feb. 23, 2014 Candles $5.00    
 ASSUMPTION: $329.00 Food Pantry $24.00
      special $800.00



3/2 - Joe Budnik, 3/9 - Danny Lamb, 3/16 - Larry Kuebler, 3/23


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 March 4 10:00 am ASH WEDNESDAY** March 5 7:15
Amsbert Kemper Bernadine Boss
THURSDAY March 6 8:00 am FRIDAY March 7 8:00 am
Viola Luebbert John Fick
SUNDAY March 9 8:00 am SATURDAY Mar 8 6:00 pm
Estel Lamb Family For the People

   **Ash Wednesday (March 5) Mass Schedule – Masses for Ash Wednesday will be offered that day at 5:45 p.m. at Assumption and at 7:15 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary.


Fish Fry/Basket Raffle - Friday, March 7, at Assumption Church!
Menu: boneless fish filets, slaw, baked beans, hand-sliced chips,
homemade mac & cheese, pie & cake
4:30-7:30 p.m.
Adults/8.50, ages 5-12/$4, 4 & under/free

     “This week is Ash Wednesday, the day we begin our Lenten pilgrimage to Easter. I like the description of Lent as a pilgrimage, and not just because I will be making a physical pilgrimage after Easter. Lent is a spiritual pilgrimage. A pilgrimage is a setting off for a holy place. The ‘place’ we are headed toward in Lent is that Holy Encounter with The Resurrected Christ. Sometimes, especially in our modern world, we need time to get to where we are going. We have 40 days to travel this spiritual road. (I’ll have about 40 days to travel the 500 miles of the Camino of St. James.) Without the time to prepare adequately, we might just miss what God has in mind for us. Will we pause and listen? Will we take the time for prayer and reflection? And while this spiritual journey is a solo journey, we undertake it together. Let us set off to seek the Holy - Our Lord Jesus Christ.”...Fr. Dave

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/13-6/30/14 $46,800.00 $30,524.00
Budget goal per month $3,900.00 $2,544.00
Weekly goal $900.00 $587.00
Collection - Feb 2 $1,798 $312
Feb 9 $415 $1,210
Feb 16 $757 $825
Feb 23 $732 $329
To date for Feb $3,702 $2,676
Offertory budget goal 7/1/13-2/23/14 $30,600 $19,958
Sunday collection 7/1/13-2/23/14 $29,042 $21,693
Difference -$1,558 $1,735

Question of the Week – Who really is the master of your life?

MPH Hall Cleaners for March – Aaron & Jessie Hackmann, Amy Jett, Sean Hackmann.  (Please remember to fill out Group Volunteer Timesheet located in kitchen.)

Seeking Christ for Our Nation Mass – Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. at St. George in Linn.

PSR News – Because Osage R-1 School is scheduling a full day of school (no longer dismissing at 1:00) on Wednesday, March 12, PSR classes will be held that day. 

Profess, Proclaim and Celebrate Our Faith Campaign – As our Profess, Proclaim and Celebrate Our Faith campaign continues, many of our parishioners have already indicated their willingness to increase their weekly offerings, making their gift from its substance and not merely one of convenience or from its surplus.  When our parish began this Profess, Proclaim and Celebrate Our Faith campaign, we recognized that participation would be based upon equal sacrifice, not equal giving.  We cannot ask everyone to consider the same level of church support, but we ask that everyone let their offering reflect how generous God has been to them with His gifts.  Please remember to use your special commitment card to indicate your response to our Profess, Proclaim and Celebrate Our Faith campaign.  If you did not receive a mailing, contact the parish office.



Lent Faith Opportunities
Rice Bowl – Our parish will be participating in Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program, Rice Bowl, as a way to encounter Jesus through others, especially through the most vulnerable in our world.  Rice Bowls are available in back of church.  Please be sure to take home a Rice Bowl and use this fun and easy resource to deepen your family’s Lenten experience and make a difference in the lives of the poor.

Lenten Regulations – Just a gentle reminder that during Lent we are called to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday & all Fridays during Lent.  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of fasting. 

Catholicism DVD Sessions – Friday morning Catholicism DVD session (8:45-9:45 a.m.) at MPH will be starting up after Mass beginning Friday, March 7.  Assumption parishioners will view these DVDs during prayer group beginning Wednesday, March 5, at 10:00 a.m.  The Wednesday evening session at 7:00 p.m. at MPH is not meeting this week because of Mass on Ash Wednesday, but will meet again on March 12.  Anyone is welcome to attend any session.

Lent Penance Service – Wednesday, March 26, at MPH at 7:00 p.m. for PSR students and parishioners.

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Let’s Save This American Bandstand at Riverside Park” – Matching fund event (up to $2,500); proceeds used to repair and restore historic bandstand at Chamois Riverside Park.  Meal (mostaccioli, salads, breads, desserts, beverages & hot dogs) on Saturday, March 15, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Chamois Lions Community Center.  Adult/$10, ages 6-12/$5, ages 5 & under/free.  Donations of pies/cakes greatly appreciated.  Raffle, silent auction, entertainment.  Details on poster in back of church.  Sponsored by MWA Summit Chapter & Chamois Historic Preservation Commission.  If questions, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613.

Pro-Life Events – 1) Pro-Life Rosary in MPH church Monday, March 3, at 9:00 a.m.  2) Pro-Life Action Day at State Capitol Tuesday, March 11.  Registration 9:00 at Selinger Center and 10:00 in Capitol Rotunda.  Wear red for life.  Call MO Right to Life 573-635-5110 for more info/transportation. 

Seafood Buffet NewsWorklists for both Seafood Buffets are printed back-to-back and inserted in MPH bulletins.  Copies available in the back of Assumption Church.  Posters available in the back of church – please take some and post them at your place of work or elsewhere – help spread the word!  Seafood Buffets are scheduled for Fridays, March 21 and April 4, from 4:00-7:30 p.m.  Serving catfish, frog legs, shrimp & all the fixins.  Adults/$11, children/$7.

Thanks to everyone for all your expressions of sympathy, prayers, and support following the death of my granddaughter Jada.”…Lucy Brenner

“Mary of Nazareth” Movie showing Sat., March 15, (8:30 a.m.) & Sun., March 16, (1:00 p.m.) at Capital 8 Theaters in Jeff.  For info/tickets, call 573-395-4724.


Calendar of Parish Events – March

March 3   - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
March 5   - Ash Wednesday
- AS Prayer Group 10 AM
- PSR Classes/Mass
March 7 – AS Fish Fry & Basket Raffle
- Catholicism DVD Session
March 10 – K of C Mtg
March 12 – PSR Classes
-  Catholicism DVD Session
March 14 – Catholicism DVD Session
March 19 – PSR Classes
March 21 – Seafood Buffet
- Catholicism DVD Session
March 26 – Penance Service/PSR
March 28 – Catholicism DVD Session
March 29/30 – 3 in 1 Coll

Knights of Columbus Meeting – Monday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Morrison.

Blood Drives – 1) Monday, March 3, 2:00-7:00 p.m. at Chamois High School library.  To schedule an appointment, call Sabra Paulsmeyer 763-5393, email  2) Tuesday, March 4, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Loose Creek Community Center.  To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767.

Social Events Elsewhere – 1) CYO Breakfast at Frankenstein parish March 2, 7:00-11:00 a.m.  2) Shrimp Boil & Jambalaya at St. George in Hermann March 4.  3) Fish Fry at Rich Fountain parish March 14, 4:30-7:30 p.m.








Bishop’s Lenten Pastoral Letter
Dear Fellow Pilgrims,
There is no doubt that Pope Francis has refocused the whole world’s attention on the need to assist our brothers and sisters in poverty across the globe.  Now, Lent allows us as Catholics to again lead the way by our acts of penance and charity beginning this Ash Wednesday, March 5th. 
Whether we live in Italy or Argentina, Kahoka or Marceline, a senior citizen facility or a high school, we are all called this Lent to bear witness by praying, fasting and giving to the poor.  As the Bishop of Rome has written, “Let us not forget that real poverty hurts, no self denial is real without this dimension of penance.  I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.” 
Operation Rice Bowl is a wonderful opportunity for us to unite in our acts of charity to assist our brothers and sisters globally.  I urge each household to make a serious effort to use this tool this Lent.  The Stations of the Cross is another fine way to walk with Our Lord during these Lenten days as we consider His passion and deepen our spiritual life. 
Finally, let me assure you of my daily prayers during this Lent, and I ask you to pray for me that I will reflect the role of a Good Shepherd in your midst.  May Our Lady, Mother of Sorrows assist us with her loving care. 
With my best wishes and personal regards, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ…Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City


Daylight Savings Time begins early next Sunday morning (March 9).  Be sure to set clocks forward one hour before going to bed Saturday night!