March 28, 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: $504.00 Three-in-One Collection $35.00
(Mar 21, 2010) Church Int. Ren. $180.00 Dinner donation $20.00
 ASSUMPTION: $397.10 Three-in-One Collection $55.00
    Candles $5.00

COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 3/28-Joe Budnik, 4/3-Danny Lamb, 4/10 Larry Kuebler, 4/17 Gayle Hackmann

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 30 8:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY March 31 6:30 p.m.
Stafford & Grace Pile Louise Rackers
      THURSDAY+ April 1 6:30 p.m.
  Paul & Anna Mae McDowell
SATURDAY+ April 3 9:00 p.m. FRIDAY+ April 2 7:00 p.m.
For the People  
      SUNDAY+ April 4 9:00 a.m.
  Lionel Murray


**Tuesday’s Mass Time at Assumption for the coming week will be at 8:00 a.m.


+ 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. (registration begins 9:00 a.m.) at State Capitol in Jeff.  Join fellow pro-lifers to support lifesaving legislation in Missouri.  Wear red for life.  For info, call 573-635-5110 or visit

Lenten Reconciliation Service (at 7:00 p.m.) - March 31 in Westphalia.

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!

PSR News -There will be no PSR classes on the Wednesday of Holy Week, March 31.  PSR classes will resume on Wednesday, April 7.  PSR will close on April 14 with a closing Mass at 7:00 p.m.  Grades K-1 will not have afternoon class on Wednesday, April 14; however, they will meet at 6:45 p.m. on that day for the closing Mass.

Operation Rice Bowl - Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl has helped us walk with our sisters and brothers who daily take up the cross of poverty.  Through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving we unite ourselves in the one human family that is God’s creation. 

Text Box:  I thought the Spring Dinner went very well. I was very impressed by the organization and all the volunteers and the way everyone pitched in and made it a great event. It’s too bad the weather wasn’t warmer, but we still had a wonderful dinner. The food was great. Special thanks to the planning committee Jessica Hackmann, Teresa Skaggs and Lori Hagenhoff.
     “You’ll find in your packet of envelopes for April an extra one for Mass Stipends. If you would like to have a Mass offered for a loved one during this Easter season, you may add it to the collection this month or at any time. It is for your convenience and completely optional.
     “Today begins Holy Week, the most solemn week of our Liturgical year. This week has the most important three days for Christians: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday – The Triduum of the Lord – the days we remember and celebrate the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. I do hope that you will give them priority in your life and make every effort to participate in the liturgies of these days.
     “Holy Thursday after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St. Mary’s Church will remain open til 10 for Adoration (this was the night Jesus asked his apostles to ‘watch one hour with me’). If you cannot make the liturgy, you are welcome to come in later for private prayer. In fact, I’ll follow the suggestion in the brochure I gave you last Sunday, and leave St. Mary’s open all day and night through Easter morning, so that you are free to come in late at night or early in the morning or any time during the day for a visit.
     “Good Friday is a day of abstinence and fasting. We have been abstaining from meat every Friday of Lent, but Good Friday is also a day of limiting the total amount you eat that day - a last chance to give up something for the Lord.
     “Holy Saturday begins at 9 pm and is in Morrison. I know that’s late, but that’s the idea – to wait through the night so as to greet the Resurrected Lord. After Mass will be the Blessing of Easter Baskets. The idea is to bring a basket representing the foods from your Easter table - sausage, cheese, eggs (of course) and bread, and so to take the blessing back to your home and meal with you. Children can, of course, bring their Easter baskets also. We will also bless baskets after Sunday morning Mass.
    “Please remember to bring your Rice Bowls. There will be a box in back of church, and I’ll be glad to take all the change to the bank.”...Fr. Dave

Keep Abortion Out of  Health Care Reform - Yes, there are steps MO can take!  The new law authorizes the establishment of state-based health insurance "exchanges" through which the unemployed and uninsured can purchase health insurance.  The new federal law allows states to prohibit health insurance exchanges operating in their state from offering coverage for elective abortions. SB 747 and HB 1725 would apply this abortion prohibition to MO. Action requested by Missouri Catholic Conference:  Contact your State Senator and State Representative with the message:  Please vote for SB 747 and HB 1725. These bills will make sure Missourians are not forced to subsidize abortion through their insurance premiums.  Also, urge your State Senator and State Representative to support the informed consent to abortion legislation (SBs 792 and 793 when contacting senators, HBs 1327 and 2000 when contacting State Representatives).  Women should know that they can view an ultrasound and get information on alternative to abortion services. Contact info:  Rep. Tom Loehner, (573) 751-1344, email  Sen. Frank Barnitz, (573) 751-2108, 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.

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 $504.00 $397.00
Mar 28    
To date for February $5,697.00 $1,812.10
Offertory budget goal 7/1/09-3/21/10 $29,260.00 $23,548.22
Sunday collection 7/1/09-3/21/10 $33,626.00 $27,841.36
Difference $4,366.00 $4,293.14


* includes offering rec’d in mail.

? Of the Week - In your own words, what does the suffering and death of Christ mean to you?

Pro-Life Rosary - Monday, April 5, at 9:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church.

St. Mary’s Hall Cleaners for April - John/Ev Dudenhoeffer, Celia McKague, Kim McKague.

April Contribution Envelopes are available in the back of church.

Weekend Mass Location Change - Next weekend, 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.

Infirm Priest Collection  - The Infirm Priest Fund, maintained through an annual assessment to the parishes, is primarily for medical and other extraordinary expenses not covered by the regular insurance program or the Catholic Stewardship Appeal.  To assist those who now share in a particular way in the suffering of Christ and who have given their lives in service, please give generously to next weekend’s special collection, the Infirm Priest Fund (see envelope packet for special envelope).

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.

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 UCC Church in Morrison. Everyone welcome.  Presented by Hermann Methodist Choir.


Calendar of Parish Events - March

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 12 - StM Adult Faith Formation Mtg
April 14  - PSR Closing Mass (led by grades K-2)
                 (Note date change! - was April 21)
April 18 - Women’s Luncheon
April 21  - PSR Closing Mass (led by grades K-2)
April 28 - Heart of Mary Funfest