March 25, 2012

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 St. Mary's -Chamois (til Apr 1) and
Sun 8:00 a.m. at Assumption - Morrison (til Apr)

(March 18, 2012) 3 in 1 collection $150.00 Good Shepherd Cntr $25.00
 ASSUMPTION: $354.00 3 in 1 collection $337.00
  Herman Food $3.00 candles $5.00


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 3/25 - Gary Seifert, 3/31 - Joe Budnik, 4/7 - Danny Lamb, 4/14 Larry Kuebler

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 27 10:00 am WEDNESDAY March 28 6:00 pm
Jimmy Bax Regina M. Stewart
THURSDAY March 29 8:00 am FRIDAY March 30 8:00 am
  Walter Brauner
SATURDAY March 31 6:00 pm SUNDAY April 1 8:00 am
for the people Chick Keilholz

**Note Weekday Mass Change - There will be no Mass on Thursday for the coming week.

++Weekend Mass Location Change - Effective NEXT weekend, March 31/April 1, the Saturday Mass will be at Assumption at 6:00 p.m., and the Sunday Mass will be at MPH at 8:00 a.m.

Text Box:   “Only one more week of Lent, and then Holy Week. Next Sunday is Passion Sunday, the beginning of the most important week of our Church Year. I pray these preceding five weeks have helped us prepare for this most important time – the recalling and indeed reliving the events of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. I call for each and every one of us to set aside, find time, make time for the celebration of the Holy Triduum – the Sacred Three Days – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. The Church asks but a few hours each evening. Surely we can find that much time for the Lord who died for us? These are joint celebrations of Assumption and Most Pure Heart of Mary parishes. While we join them together at one place or another, and yes, it might mean an extra 8 miles of driving, they are our celebrations and everyone should make every effort to attend wherever they are held.
     “I had enough response to my request for pre-orders for the Most Pure Heart of Mary Anniversary book, that I placed the order. We should have the books by May 6 and plenty of copies, at which time they will be distributed and we’ll ask for payment. If you want to reserve a copy, or pay ahead of time, you may do so.”...Fr. Dave

4th Annual Ladies Luncheon - NEXT Sunday, April 1, in Most Pure Heart of Mary hall!  Gather time 12:00-12:30, lunch at 12:30.  Topic: “Thankful for the Thorns”.  Speaker: Kim Trachsel.  Free.  Any ladies and teens planning to attend, please RSVP by March 26 by signing up on the sheet in back of church or calling Viv Boss 763-5928 or Ev Dudenhoeffer 763-5421. 
Catholics Urged to Gather En Masse for Rally for Religious Liberty - Tuesday, March 27, at 12:00 noon, First Floor Rotunda State Capitol.  Rally to overturn the federal mandate that forces religious employers and others to pay for abortion drugs, contraceptives & sterilization. Wear red. If you want to lobby legislators, please come at 10 a.m. to register. For info, contact the MO Catholic Conference at 1-800-456-1679 or at

Text Box:  Funfest - Most Pure Heart of Mary and Assumption parishioners and all your friends - come to the Funfest on Wednesday, March 28, to enjoy the musical talents of Chamois elementary school students.  Funfest begins at 1:30 p.m. in MPH hall.  Refreshments served.

Stations of the Cross - Wednesday, March 28, at 7:15 p.m. in MPH church.  Everyone welcome.

PSR News - On Wednesday, March 28, evening PSR students will meet at 7:00 p.m. as usual, then proceed to church for Stations of the Cross at 7:15 p.m.  PSR classes will be held Wednesday, April 4, (during Holy Week), at their usual time.

Day of Prayer and Fasting - The U.S. bishops have urged Catholics across the nation to observe March 30 as a day of prayer and fasting for religious freedom and conscience protection. 

! Congratulations! ! to Rob and Teresa Skaggs who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on March 21!  God bless you!



Holy Week Schedule 2012
Holy Thursday                         6:30 p.m. at Most Pure Heart
Good Friday                             7:00 p.m. at Most Pure Heart
Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday)     8:30 p.m. at Assumption
Easter Sunday                          9:00 a.m. at Most Pure Heart

Area Lenten Penance Service - Wed., March 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Loose Creek.  (Fr. Dave is also available for confession before or after Mass or anytime that works with his schedule and yours.)

Chrism Mass - Bishop John R. Gaydos invites you to attend our annual Chrism Mass at St. Joe’s Cathedral in Jeff on Thursday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m. 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.

Operation Rice Bowl - This week through Operation Rice Bowl, we pray that we may open our hearts to the needs of the poor and vulnerable.  We fast, not merely from our excess, but from our very substance, so that new life may come to all who suffer from poverty, illness, and injustice.  We give so that CRS-trained health care workers can help improve the lives of women and children throughout the world.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/11-6/30/12 $43,160.00 $33,020.00
Budget goal per month $3,597.00 $2,750.00
Weekly goal $830.00 $635.00
Collection - Mar 4 $1,740 $823
Mar 11 $4,853 $457
Mar 18 $465 $354
Mar 25    
To date for March $7,058 $1,634
Offertory budget goal 7/1/11-3/18/12 $31,540.00 $24,130.00
Sunday collection 7/1/11-3/18/12 $34,995.00 $22,999.00
Difference $3,455.00 -$1,131.00

*includes yearly offering mailed in.

? of the Week - Name one area in your life that you need to let go of, to die to, in order to rise with new life.

MPH Lenten Faith Sharing -Thursdays at 9:00 a..m. in MPH hall.  Everyone welcome.

Handbell Choir Rehearsal - Tuesday, March 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Events for Youth

CHRISTpower week-long service retreat for high school sophomores through recent graduates July 8-14 in Jeff City.

Camp Maccabee (July 22-26 in St. Robert) helps young men grow in masculine spirituality and grow into the Man that God has called you to become. For male high school students entering freshman through entering senior years. 

Camp Siena (July 22-26 in Camdenton) is a Catholic camp committed to helping young women grow in feminine spirituality and become the woman God has called them to be. For female high school students entering freshman through entering senior years.

For info about any event, please contact the parish office. 

5K Run/Walk for Vocations - April 22 in Jeff City.  For info, contact the parish office or the Chancery 573-635-9127, or email

Thank You for your continued generosity and support that help provide food & basic necessities to people in our communities who need assistance. (from Good Shepherd Center, Hermann Community Food Pantry, and Samaritan Center)

50th Anniversary of Ordination for Fr. Fred Elskamp - Sunday, June 10, at St. Andrews Church in Tipton.  Celebration of Mass at 4:00 p.m.  More details forthcoming.

I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, Masses, candles lit at church, cards, phone calls, gifts, visits, letters, flowers & anything else they have done for me while in the hospital & Rehab & since my return home. Everything has been greatly appreciated. God bless each & every one of you. Thank you.”...Marlo Bockting

Three-In-One Collection - Thank you for your generous support of the Three-in-One Collection. Your generosity will help reunite families, teach valuable life skills to those seeking a better life, and meet the vital humanitarian needs of many people.
April Contribution Envelopes are in the back of church.

Pro-Life Rosary - Monday, April 2, at 9:00 a.m. in MPH church.

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

An Evening with Mike Patin - (Some of you saw him recently at NCYC.)  Tuesday, April 3, 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia.  Free.  For more info, see poster in back of church or contact parish office.

Social Events Elsewhere - 1) Spring Dinner at Holy Family parish in Freeburg March 25, 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  2) Girl’s Night Out Fundraiser to benefit American Heart Association in Freeburg on April 13.  Details on poster in back of church.  3) 5K run/walk to benefit Relay for Life on April 14 in Westphalia.  For info, contact Erica Libbert 573-455-2375 or

April Liturgy Assignments are in “Ministry Assignments” tab on website..


Calendar of Parish Events - March/April

March 27 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
March 28 - Heart of Mary Funfest
- PSR/Stations
March 29 - MPH Lenten Faith Sharing
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April     - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- MPH Samaritan Cntr Coll
April 1  - Ladies Luncheon
April 2  - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
April 3  - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
April 4  - No AS Prayer Group
- PSR Classes
April 7/8 - Infirm Priest Coll
April10  - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
April 11 - PSR Classes
April 12 - AS Parish Council Mtg
April 17 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
April 18 - PSR Classes
April 19 - MPH Finance Comm Mtg
April 24 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
April 25 - PSR Closing Mass
April 26 - MPH Parish Council Mtg

April 28/29 - Cath Home Msns Coll