March 3, 2013

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)

SUNDAY COLLECTION MOST PURE HEART: $1,238.00 special gift $4,500.00
Feb 24, 2013        
 ASSUMPTION: $505.00 food pantry $35.00
  fish fry $22.50    


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 3/3 - Gayle Hackmann, 3/10 - Gary Seifert, 3/17 - Joe Budnik, 3/24 - Danny Lamb

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 5 10:00 am WEDNESDAY March 6 6:00 pm
Fr. David Buescher Glen Baker
THURSDAY March 7 8:00 am FRIDAY March 8 8:00 am
Richard Braun Ray Kauffman
SUNDAY March 10 8:00 am SATURDAY March 9 6:00 pm
Alphonse & Pearl Birk For the people

“With the resignation of Pope Benedict the Sixteenth, the Church is without a pope. It was a shock when he announced his stepping down, but I can certainly understand his desire to give the care of the Church into the hands of someone with more energy. At 85 years old, a man is entitled to take it easy a bit. I’m sure he’ll continue to serve the Church with his prayers and writing. We should be grateful for his service to the Church. He was a true prophet speaking to the modern world about the call of Christ to holiness. That is what this world should be about anyway – seeking and preparing for the coming Kingdom of God. He has led us truly, and we are thankful for his ministry. Now we must pray for the Cardinals of the Church who will be gathering to elect a new pope. They are to listen to the Holy Spirit and elect the person God has chosen for His Church. Let us keep them in our prayers as they go about this important work.”...Fr. Dave

Blood Drive – At Chamois High School Monday March 4, 2:00-7:00 p.m. at the CHS gym.
All presenting donors will receive a scratch code-card to redeem online while supplies last.
To schedule an appointment, visit Sponsor Code: ChamoisHS.  (Scheduling preferred, but walk-ins welcome.)

Keep in Your Prayers – 1) Dylan Koenigsfeld, Levi Seifert, & Gavin Hackmann who will be making their First Holy Communion next Sunday, March 10, at 1:00 p.m. at St. George in Hermann (everyone is welcome to attend).  2) Elsey Wuelling & Alexandra McKague who are preparing to make their First Holy Communion at MPH.  3) Our Confirmation candidates – Heidi Ames, Karina Mehmert, Alison Mehmert, Lucas Skaggs, Brent Dudenhoeffer, Quyncee Shockley, & Jacob Keilholz - who will be attending the Vocation Reflection Day for Confirmation on March 10.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/12-6/30/13 $45,345.00 $30,524.00
Budget goal per month $3,779.00 $2,544.00
Weekly goal $872.00 $587.00
Collection - Feb 3 $1027 $874
Feb 10 $669 $950
Feb 17 $380 n/a
Feb 24 $5,738 $505
To date for February $7,814 $2,671
Offertory budget goal 7/1/12-2/24/13 $29,648 $19,958
Sunday collection 7/1/12-2/24/13 $34.011 $22,243
Difference $4,363 $2,285

Pro-Life RosaryTuesday, March 5, 9:00 a.m. in MPH church.

Question of the Week – What steps are you taking this Lent to make sure that your faith bears fruit in good works?
Handbell Choir Rehearsal – Tuesday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m.
K of C Meeting – Monday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Chamois.

Reminder to Assumption Parishioners – Continue to collect items for the annual spring rummage sale (scheduled for April 19/20).   More details forthcoming.

Seafood Buffet coming again soon – Friday, March 15!  Serving all-you-can-eat catfish, frog legs, shrimp, and all the fixings 4:00-7:30 p.m. in Most Pure Heart of Mary Church hall.  Adults/$10, children/$6. 


Chrism Mass - Bishop John R. Gaydos invites you to attend our annual Chrism Mass at St. Joe’s Cathedral in Jeff City on Thursday, March 21, 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 Sick 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. 

Cajun Themed Dinner Night Fundraiser to support Chamois High School band on Friday, March 22, 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Barrister & Brews.  Serving fried shrimp, smoked catfish, fried crawfish tails, regular crawfish, sausage & chicken gumbo, red beans & rice, shrimp jambalaya, chicken creole, chicken strips, fried potatoes, corn soufflé, bread, dessert.  Adults/$15, ages 5-12/$7, 4 & under/free.  For more info, contact Amy Backes at 763-5393 or email

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


Lent Faith Opportunities

  • Stations of the Cross – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Assumption Church.
  • Lent Penance Services – MPH penance service is being held March 14.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available for PSR students sometime during PSR class during Lent.   Area penance services are scheduled at 7:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) on March 7 in Hermann, March 13 in Loose Creek, March 17 in Frankenstein (at 1:00 p.m.), and March 19 in Westphalia.
  • Lent Scripture Sessions – Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in MPH hall.
  • Operation Rice Bowl – In Lesotho, many children lack access to quality education.  Only 73% of primary school-age children are enrolled in school.  Give to your Rice Bowl this week to support communities working with CRS to provide educational opportunities for children.


Calendar of Parish Events – March

March      - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- MPH Good Shep Cntr Coll
March 4 -   K of C Mtg
March 5  - Pro-Life Rosary MPH 9 AM
- Handbell Choir Rhrsl
March 6   - AS Prayer Group 10:30 AM
- PSR Classes
- Stations at AS
March 7  - Lent Scripture Session  MPH
March 9/10 – Three-in-One Coll
March 12 – Handbell Choir Rhrsl
March 13 – NO PSR classes
-  Stations at AS
March 14 – Lent Scripture Session MPH
- Penance Service MPH
March 15 – Seafood Buffet
March 19 – Handbell Choir Rhrsl
March 20 – PSR Classes/Stations
- Stations at AS
March 21 – Lent Scripture Session MPH
March 26 – Handbell Choir Rhrsl
March 27 – PSR Classes
March 30/31 – Infirm Priest Coll

Blood Drive - Tuesday, March 5, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Loose Creek Community Center.

Dinner & Community Day Event – Wed., March 13, at Barristers & Brews from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Fried chicken dinner w/dessert & drink.  Ages 13 & up/$5, ages 5-12/$3, ages 4 & under/free. Gratuity not included.  Please bring small personal hygiene items for donation for Join Hands day. If you plan to attend, please call Marlo 294-6613 or Shelia 763-5551 or sign up at Barrister & Brews by March 5.

Dinner at Lyndee’s Restaurant (Hermann) on Thursday, March 7, at 6:00 p.m.  MWA pays $3/person toward meal.  Program on planning for retirement.  Sponsored by MWA.  For info, call Lorna Rost 294-7276.

Events Elsewhere – 1) CYO Breakfast at Frankenstein March 3, 7:00-11:00 a.m.  2) Bingo at Frankenstein March 3 at 1:00 p.m.  3) Fish Fry at Bonnots Mill March 8, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

March Liturgy Assignments are here for MPHand here for Assumption.

Calling All WWII Veterans - Central Missouri Honor Flight needs your help in finding WWII veterans for a trip of a lifetime. Do the WWII heroes in your life know that they have the opportunity to be flown to Washington DC, at no cost to them, so they can see the war memorials dedicated to their service and sacrifice? Words cannot begin to describe how meaningful this one-day trip is for them.  These great and humble Americans return from a Central Missouri Honor Flight to receive the heroes’ welcome they never received.  The next flight will be May 7th.  Applications and information can be found on our website You may call (573) 256-1930 with any questions or further assistance (you will need to leave a message - you will get a return call).






Three-In-One Collection
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In Eastern Europe, young women seek employment abroad.  In the process, many are kidnapped and forced to work as prostitutes instead.  Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia reports that their “owners” may even lock the girls up in brothels while the sellers make $3,000 per girl.  Funds from the Catholic Relief Services Collection provide job skills and education, offering a defense to thousands of young women who can be saved from the horror of being sold for other people’s use.
Human trafficking is just one of the issues addressed through this annual Lenten collection.  Your donations will help in CRS’ more familiar work of responding with life-saving assistance in natural disasters and meeting the needs of our world’s hungry poor.  Other Catholic organizations benefitting from the collection reach out to refugees and immigrants, as well as advocate for international justice for the poor and vulnerable.
The Catholic Relief Services Collection subsidizes eight different Catholic service agencies.  It is the way that we Catholics in the U.S. unite to provide the greatest possible material aid to those in need from our borders to the far corners of the world.
If you believe that every individual is an equal heir to Christ’s love and care, then please act on that belief with a generous donation to the CRS Collection next weekend.
Sincerely yours in Christ…Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City