Mar 6, 2011

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. (St. Mary's) and
Sun 8:00 a.m. (Assumption)

until April!!

SUNDAY COLLECTIONST. MARY’S: $864.00 Candles $2.50
(Feb 27, 2011) Samaritan Center $7.00 Good Shepherd  
 ASSUMPTION: $825.00 Hermann Food Ptry $34.00


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 3/6 - Gary Seifert, 3/13 - Joe Budnik, 3/20 - Danny Lamb, 3/27 - Larry Kuebler

1st Sun–Wilma Trachsel/Dennis Lamb, 2nd Sun–Jerry/Clarine Means, 3rd Sun–Viv/Larry Boss,
4th Sun–Otto/Joni Boss, 5th - open, volunteers sought

TUESDAY March 8 8:00 am** WEDNESDAY++ Mar 9 7:15 pm
Donnie & Pattie Suthoff Priests & Housekeepers of Mary Falter
WEDNESDAY++ March 9 6:00 PM      
Red Augustine Family  
THURSDAY Mar 10 8:00 am FRIDAY Mar 11 8:00 am
Jerry & Rose Goeller Paul Mehmert
SUNDAY Mar 13 8:00 am Saturday Mar 12 6:00 pm
For the People Chick Keilholz

**Tuesday’s Mass Time - Just a gentle reminder that this being the 2nd Tuesday of the month, Mass on that day will be at 8:00 a.m.

++Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is this week.  Masses will be offered on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. at Assumption and at 7:15 p.m. at Most Pure Heart of Mary.

pastorHere are the Lenten regulations from the diocese:
As another Lenten journey of conversion begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9, 2011, and ends with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 21, 2011, Holy Mother Church calls all Catholics to a deeper spirit of penance, fasting, almsgiving and prayer, “which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others” (Catechism of the Catholic Church # 1434 & 1969).
In order to foster a greater spirit of penance, of reparation for sin, to encourage self-denial, and to guide us more closely in the footsteps of Christ, Holy Mother Church reminds us of the following obligations of fast and abstinence during Lent and also admonishes us all to deeper prayer and worship.

1.         Abstinence: all persons who have already celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

2.         Fasting: everyone, from the celebration of their 18th birthday to their 59th birthday, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  Fasting is generally understood to mean eating only one full meal each day.  Two other partial meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken; but together they should not equal another full meal.  Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed. 

Voluntary fasting on other weekdays of Lent is highly recommended.  But please note: when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, neither the law of fasting nor the law of abstinence obliges.  These are minimal penitential practices and should not be lightly excused.  If in doubt, please consult your parish priest. 

Other recommended forms of fasting, as regards alcoholic drink, needless television, video games, internet use, and social entertainment, are of true spiritual value and strongly encouraged. 

3.         Almsgiving: The act of giving to the poor, in the most ancient tradition of the Church, is an expression of penance, a witness of fraternal charity, and an expression of Lenten conversion.  Therefore, all Catholics are encouraged to support generously the charitable works of the whole Church: through regular stewardship to their parish, support of charities, and their generous response to the diocesan Catholic Stewardship Appeal.

4.         Prayer:  In order to deepen one’s love for Christ, Catholics are urged all the more to participate in the Sacramental life of the Church during Lent by attending daily Mass

Lent is also a privileged time for celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, including its communal celebration. 

Let me add a few suggestions:

May you have a wonderful and grace-filled Lent.

Fr. Dave

Mardi Gras Celebration - Please plan on joining our parish family for a Mardi Gras celebration this SUNDAY, March 6, in St. Mary’s hall.  Bring two covered dishes (one meat and one whatever).  We’ll eat around 5:00 p.m., then play cards or bingo or games or dominoes.  Drinks provided.  Let’s have some parish family fun!

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Text Box:                     * * * CYG Seafood Buffet * * *
FRIDAY, March 11, in St. Mary’s hall
All-you-care-to-eat catfish, shrimp, frog legs, hush puppies,
baked beans, potato salad, slaw, applesauce & dessert
Serving 4:00-8:00 p.m.  Adults/$10, ages 6-12/$5
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Knights of Columbus Meeting - Monday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Morrison.

Handbell Choir Rehearsal - Tuesday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m.

Volunteers Needed - The CYG could use your help at their Seafood Buffet on March 11.  Would you be willing to help work at the buffet or bring a dessert?  If willing to be of assistance, please contact Kathi Schollmeyer 763-5409.  And if you have time before or after you eat, maybe just check in the back to see if you can lend a hand.  Thank you.

You Are Invited - As we begin our Lenten journey, you are invited to participate in Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl.  Throughout Lent we will pray, fast, learn, and give as a way to reach out in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.  Please be sure to take home a Rice Bowl packet and follow this simple yet powerful Lenten practice.  Visit for additional resources to use at home.

Lent Scripture Sharing at St. Mary’s - Beginning Thursday, March 10, at 9:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s hall, we are sharing the Lenten scriptures.  Please come join us.  Be prepared by reading the scriptures for the First Sunday of Lent.

Luncheon/Hospice Program - Sunday, March 13, at 12:00 noon at Morrison Community Center.  Ham, drinks, table service provided; MWA members bring covered dish to share.  Hospice Program presentation.  Everyone welcome.  Co-sponsored by MWA Senior Chapter & MWA Adult Chapter.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613 or Lorna Rost 294-7276. 

Basket Raffle tickets now available in the back of Assumption and Most Pure Heart of Mary Churches. Any help in selling tickets is welcomed.

Assumption Fish Fry - Friday, March 18, serving fish, hush puppies, slaw, baked beans & pie from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Adults/$7.50, children under 8/$3.00, children under 3/free.

Ladies Luncheon - Sunday, March 20, in St. Mary’s hall.  Guest speaker: Sister Barbara Neist.  Topic: “Lent - Springtime of the Soul”.  Gather time 12:00-12:30 p.m., lunch 12:30 p.m.  RSVP by March 16 to rectory 763-5345, Ev Dudenhoeffer 763-5421, or Viv Boss 763-5928. $5 cover charge payable at door.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/09-6/30/10 $42,120.00 $34,320.00
Budget goal per month $3,510.00 $2,860.00
Weekly goal $810.00 $660.00
Collection - Feb 6` $1,305.00 $332.00
Feb 13 $858.00 $969.00**
Feb 20 $683.00 $524.00
Feb 27 $4,864.00* $825.00
To date for February $7,710.00 $2,650.00
Offertory budget goal 7/1/10-2/27/11 $28,350.00 $23,100.00
Sunday collection 7/1/10-2/27/11 $31,354.00 $23,070.00
Difference ++$3,004.00 -$30.00

*includes donation(s) mailed in.
**includes donation from prayer group fundraiser.

? Of the Week - Do you deserve God’s favor?  Do you accept it wholeheartedly regardless of your feelings of unworthiness?

Pro-Life Rosary - Monday, March 7, at 9:00 a.m. in Most Pure Heart of Mary Church.

Chrism Mass - Bishop John R. Gaydos invites you to attend our annual Chrism Mass at St. Joe’s Cathedral in Jeff on Thursday, April 14, 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.

PSR News - On this Wednesday, March 9, (Ash Wednesday) afternoon PSR classes will meet as usual.  Evening PSR classes will meet at 7:00 p.m. and then proceed to church for 7:15 p.m. Mass.  On March 16, PSR classes will meet as usual.  On March 23, afternoon PSR classes will meet as usual; however, there will be no evening PSR classes - this is the day our five candidates will receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St. George in Linn. 


William H. (Bill) Simon Scholarship Fund - Awards scholarships to Catholic students who are in financial need for the purpose of attending an accredited college or university of the student’s choice.  The scholarship is renewable for $1,000 per semester.  Criteria: must be a registered Catholic, must complete scholarship application, must obtain letter of recommendation from school official and priest, and must demonstrate financial need.  Deadline is March 31.   Contact the rectory if interested. 

Actions Requested on Important Issues

Pro-Life Bill Held Hostage in MO Senate - SB 204 simply continues in place an existing tax credit that donors can claim when making a contribution to a pregnancy resource center (PRC).  When SB 204 was brought up for debate this week, several senators asked to lay the bill over, effectively ending debate and a possible vote on the legislation.  The MO Catholic Conference asks you to contact the sponsor, Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey (573-751-1141 email, message: Thank you Senator Dempsey. Don't back down on the PRC credit - SB 204. PRCs save unborn babies and help women in crisis pregnancies).  Also contact Senator Dan Brown who is a co-sponsor of SB 204 (573-751-5713 email, message: Thank you for co-sponsoring SB 204. Pregnancy Resource Centers save unborn babies & help women in crisis pregnancies. Don't let this very modest tax credit be held hostage by the debate over tax credit reform.)

Defend Marriage Now! - On February 23, the Obama Administration decided not to defend the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  DOMA affirms the traditional definition of marriage as being solely between one man and one woman.  The MO Catholic Conference requests you to contact U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (202-225-2956 email at, both of Missouri's U.S. Senators (Senator Claire McCaskill 202-224-6154 email at, Senator Roy Blunt 202-224-5721 email at, and President Obama (202-456-1111, email at  Express your outrage that the Obama Administration is refusing to defend the DOMA and urge that this decision be reversed. Marriage should remain as a union solely between one man and one woman. Redefining marriage will weaken the institutions of both marriage and family thereby undermining the basic foundation of civilized society.

Federal Funds to Planned Parenthood - The U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment to cut off federal funds to Planned Parenthood.  The abortion-related provisions will next be considered in the U.S. Senate.  The MO Family Policy Council asks you to please contact Sen. McCaskill if you haven’t already done so (202-224-6154 email at to urge her to vote against funding for Planned Parenthood and also contact Senator Roy Blunt  (202-224-5721 email at to urge his support for the Pence amendment.

Calendar of Parish Events - March

March    - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- StM Good Shepherd Cntr Coll
March 5/6 - Anointing of the Sick
March 6  - Mardi Gras Supper/Games
March 7  - Pro-Life Rosary StM 9 AM
March 8  - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
March 9  - Ash Wed., Lent begins, PSR Mass
March 10 - StM Lenten Faith Sharing
March 11 - CYG Seafood Buffet
March 12 - Men’s Group (TMIY) Mtg
March 15 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
March 17 - StM Lenten Faith Sharing
March 18 - AS Fish Fry
March 19 - Men’s Group (TMIY) Mtg
March 20 - Ladies Luncheon
March 21-22 & 24-25 - AS Parish Mission
March 23 - Confirmation at St. George-Linn
March 24 - StM Lenten Faith Sharing
March 26 - Men’s Group (TMIY) Mtg
March 27 - StM Spring Dinner
March 30 - Heart of Mary Funfest
March 31 - StM Lenten Faith Sharing


Stewardship Quote - Today's readings call us to active discipleship. It is not enough to know the commandments; we must actively obey them. It is not enough to hear the words of Jesus; we must act on them. Good stewards demonstrate their gratitude for the gift of faith by putting it into action.

Please Pray for our four little girls preparing for First Holy Communion.

Thank You - Thank you, everyone, for all your prayers and concern....Larry & Viv Boss

Vocation Blurb - Build your house on a foundation of stone, not sand. Come start construction at

Grief Support Group - Six-week program every Tuesday April 12-May 17.  Register by April 7.  For info/to register, call MO River Hospice 800-456-0417.

Social Events Elsewhere - 1) CYO Breakfast at Frankenstein parish March 6, 7:00-11:00 a.m. 2) Chicken Dinner at Bonnots Mill March 13, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Lenten Pastoral Letter

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
As we begin on Ash Wednesday our annual Lenten pilgrimage, with the whole Church we are invited to contemplate anew the Mystery of Our Lord’s Cross.  The Cross can be considered by some to be the sign of embarrassing defeat and death; but for us who believe, the Cross of Christ is the preeminent sign of triumph and redeemed life. 
We are told in the Sacred Scriptures, “Come back to me with all your heart.” (Joel 2:12).  Lent is a favorable time to “come back,” recognizing our weakness and daily need for Christ.  My hope and prayer for all of you is that through the fasting, almsgiving and prayer of this Lenten season, the journey of conversion towards Easter will lead us all to rediscover the power of God’s grace in our lives.  This Lent 2011, let us renew our acceptance of the grace that God bestowed upon us at our Baptism, so that it may illuminate and guide all of our actions.  What the Sacrament of Baptism – and all the Sacraments – signify and realize, we are called to experience every day by following Christ in an ever more generous, loving and authentic manner.
With my best wishes and personal regards, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ....Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City