March 21, 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: $1,195.00 Three-in-One Collection $325.00
(Mar 14, 2010) Church Int. Ren. $145.00 Candles $2.50
 ASSUMPTION: $260.10 Three-in-One Collection $443.00
    Candles $5.00

COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 3/21–Gary Seifert, 3/28-Joe Budnik, 4/3-Danny Lamb, 4/10 Larry Kuebler

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 23 10:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY March 24 6:30 p.m.
Evelyn Antweiler Mathilda Schwaller
THURSDAY March 25 6:30** p.m. FRIDAY March 26 8:00 a.m.
Louise McDonald Louise Rackers
SUNDAY March 28 8:00 a.m. SATURDAY March 27 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.

* * * ST. MARY’S SPRING DINNER - SUNDAY! ! ! * * *
Serving fried chicken/pork sausage dinners, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Adults/$8.50, ages 6-12/$3, 5 and under/free


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

Text Box:       Today we begin our last week of Lent. Next Sunday – Palm or Passion Sunday – is the beginning of Holy Week. Holy Week concludes with the Easter Triduum – the three days comprising Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Are we prepared? Are we willing? Are we ready and willing to once again enter into these holy mysteries, and walk with Christ to the cross and grave, so as to stand with him at the Resurrection. I hope that we all use this last week of Lent for our final preparation. I hope we continue to meditate on Christ’s Passion – that which he endured to pay our debt of sin and win our redemption. I hope we will be giving priority to these holy days. Plan ahead this week, so that in Holy Week we will have the time to participate in these solemn celebrations.
    “This week we also have a little bit of Christmas to celebrate- the Annunciation of the Lord. Join us in Morrison for this Solemnity at 6:30 on Thursday. Only 9 months till Christmas.”...Fr. Dave

Palm Sunday Note - Next Sunday, March 28, is Palm Sunday.  At St. Mary’s please meet in the hall and at Assumption please meet outside for the procession into church with palms.

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.  Since next Sunday, March 28, begins Holy Week, which has its own special services, this is the last week for Stations at these times.

Group Faith-Sharing Sessions at St. Mary's - This week’s session on Friday, March 26, focuses on the Palm Sunday readings and is the last session.  Join us in St. Mary's hall on Friday morning after the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  Come share a cup of coffee and discussion on how we can be "Disciples on the Journey.”

St. Mary’s Cemetery Work Day - Your willing hands are needed!  Could you devote some time to help work in our cemetery?  A cemetery work day is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Tools provided - willing hands needed.  For questions, call Clarence Keilholz 763-5568.

PSR News - There will be no PSR classes on the Wednesday of Holy Week, March 31.  PSR classes will resume on Wednesday, April 7.

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!

Three-In-One Collection - Thank you for your generosity in last weekend’s Three-In-One Collection.  Because of you, millions of people all over the world will receive vital assistance.  You have truly given hope to Jesus in disguise.

Thank You - The CYG would like to thank the many volunteers who helped with the Seafood Buffet.  Without your donation of time and talent this could never have happened.

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.

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.


Pro-Life Action Day - Tuesday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. at State Capitol in Jeff.  Wear red for life.  For info, call 573-635-5110 or visit

Operation Rice Bowl - Our prayer, fasting, learning, and giving with Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl opens paths to new life for our brothers and sisters in need.




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.

URGENT Action Alert from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - On November 7, the U.S. House of Representatives passed major health care reform that reaffirms the essential, longstanding and widely supported policy against using federal funds for elective abortions and includes positive measures on affordability and immigrants.  On December 24, the U.S. Senate rejected this policy and passed health care reform that requires federal funds to help subsidize and promote health plans that cover elective abortions.  Neither bill has adequate conscience protection for health care providers, plans or employers.  Action requested:  Contact your Representative and Senators today!  Message:  “In regard to health care reform, I urge you to work to uphold essential provisions against abortion funding, to include full conscience protection and to ensure that health care is accessible and affordable for all. I urge you to oppose any bill unless and until these criteria are met.”  To send a pre-written, instant email to Congress go to  Contact info: Senator Christopher Bond, 202-224-5721, email on web at; Senator Claire McCaskill, 202-224-6154,; Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer, 202-225-2956,

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 $4,395.00* $260.00
Mar 21    
Mar 28    
To date for February $5,175.00 $1,415.10
Offertory budget goal 7/1/09-3/14/10 $28,490.00 $22,928.53
Sunday collection 7/1/09-3/14/10 $33,122.00 $27,444.36
Difference $4,632.00 $4,515.83


* includes offering rec’d in mail.

? of the Week  - Against whom do you hold prejudices?  Who do you believe is a greater sinner than yourself? 

Assumption Fish Fry Net Profit - The Assumption Fish Fry on February 19 had income of $1,500.50 - expenses of $734.87 = $765.63 net profit.


Chrism Mass - Bishop John R. Gaydos invites you to attend our annual Chrism Mass at St. Joe’s Cathedral in Jeff on Tuesday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. This Liturgy unites the Diocese in recalling the gifts of the Holy Priesthood and the Most Holy Eucharist. The Oil of the Infirm and the Oil of the Catechumens are blessed and the Sacred Chrism is consecrated at this time. These Holy Oils impact the lives of those who are preparing to enter into the Church, those who are ill, and all preparing for Confirmation and Holy Orders.

The Time Has Come to reserve your seating for the 9th Evening With the Bishop auction and dinner for vocations. Hear nationally acclaimed Father Oscar Lukefahr, socialize with friends from around the diocese, and bid on great items from restaurants, personal care packages, golf outings to a Mexican vacation! Don't forget the Grand Prize drawing for $1,000! All proceeds go to support our seminarians, clergy and religious. Join us at 5 p.m., Friday, April 9, 2010 at the Capital Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City. Get forms from your parish office or email or call Jake at 573-635-9127.

Encounter With God's Call, held April 17-19, 2010, at Conception Seminary College is a discernment retreat for young men 16 and older who are considering the vocation to the Priesthood. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the seminarians as they share their stories of responding to God's call. This visit is free.  For more info, please contact your pastor or Rev. Joe Corel, Diocesan Vocation Director, 573-635-9127, email

Community Easter Egg Hunts - 1) 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.  2) Saturday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m. at Chamois City Park for ages 0 through 9 years.  Sponsored by Chamois Lions Club.

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. 

Looking for a Religious Gift? - Divinity Religious Gift Shop, 108 East High St., Jeff, has offered “scripless scrip” for churches.  Anyone who makes a purchase by using cash or check (not credit card) can tell Divinity they want their purchase to go toward scrip for Most Pure Heart of Mary or Assumption Church.  Three percent (3%) of the total amount of purchases will then be sent to either church at year-end.  To reach Divinity, call 573-636-5470, or shop online at (purchases made online will have to be paid for with a check to count toward scrip).

Social Events Elsewhere - 1) Argyle-Koeltztown parishes’ Spring Dinner at VFW Hall in Argyle March 28, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  2) Spring Dinner at Freeburg March 28, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  3) Easter Bake Sale April 3, 8:00 a.m. at St. James UCC Church in Morrison.

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.

Calendar of Parish Events - March

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
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April 5   - Pro-Life Rosary StM 9 AM
April 7   - AS Prayer Group 10:30 AM
             - CYG Mtg
April 18 - Women’s Luncheon
April 21  - PSR Closing Mass (led by grades K-2)
April 28 - Heart of Mary Funfest