March 7, 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: $488.00 Samaritan Center $48.00
(Feb 28, 2010) Church Int. Ren. $370.00    
 ASSUMPTION: $904.00 Gasconade Food Pantry $93.00

COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 3/7–Larry Kuebler,3/14–Gayle Hackmann, 3/21–Gary Seifert, 3/28-Joe Budnik

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 9 8:00 a.m.** WEDNESDAY March 10 6:30 p.m.
Stafford & Grace Pile Louise Rackers
THURSDAY March 11 6:30** p.m. FRIDAY March 12 8:00 a.m.
Evelyn Antweiler Mathilda Schwaller
SUNDAY March 13 8:00 a.m. SATURDAY March 14 6:00 p.m.
For the People Paul & Anna Mae McDowell


**Weekday Mass Times at Assumption for the Coming Week: 1) Just a gentle reminder that this being the 2nd Tuesday of the month, Mass will be 8:00 a.m.  2) Masses on Thursday during Lent will be at 6:30 p.m. followed by Stations of the Cross.

Text Box:  Lent - the season of repentance. I hope that we are taking this time seriously. I hope that we are seriously taking time for reflection and repentance. I hope we take the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation this holy season. I will be available after every Mass to celebrate this Sacrament with you, whenever you desire. However I am happy to say that Fr. Ed Doyle has agreed to come and celebrate a Reconciliation Service with us on Wednesday evening, March 24. Also, the Catholic Missourian lists dates that other parishes are holding their services. You can certainly avail yourselves of those opportunities if convenient for you.
     “Evelyn and I here in the office are using the Google Calendar app as our master parish calendar, as we can both add to it and coordinate events. You, too, can access this calendar on our website: either or and then go to ‘calendar’. Also the weekly bulletin and ministries schedules are there for your convenience.
    “Next week, there is a special collection (and envelope in your packet) called the 3-in-one collection. It is really three important collections rolled into one. Peter’s Pence, which helps the Holy Father directly; the Holy Land collection to help Christians in the Holy Land and maintenance of Christian shrines there; and Catholic Relief Services which helps in emergencies such as the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chili. I urge you to be three times as generous.”...Fr. Dave

Lenten Reconciliation Services (at 7:00 p.m.) - March 9 in Linn, March 24 in Chamois, March 24 in Loose Creek, March 25 in Hermann, March 31 in Westphalia.
St. Mary’s Spring Dinner - Please pick up the envelope from the back of church with your name.  It contains the Spring Dinner worklist/raffle tickets.  It’s not too late to make a donation for meat - just put in an envelope marked “meat donation” and drop in the collection basket.  The Spring Dinner is on Sunday, March 21, serving fried chicken/pork sausage dinners 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Thank you.

Text Box:  Heart of Mary Funfest - Attention St. Mary’s parishioners: the Heart of Mary Funfest will be Wednesday, March 10, at 1:30 p.m. The main attraction will be our special guest - Amanda - who will play her flute and encourage us to sing along. Please join us at our church hall.

Alternatives to Abortion Funding - The Chair of the Missouri House Budget Committee, State Representative Allen Icet, has proposed to retain full funding - 1.9 million dollars - for the Alternatives to Abortion (ATA) program. The issue of ATA funding is now before the House Budget Committee, which may move the budget bills to the full House of Representatives very quickly. For this reason, the MCC is asking Catholic citizens to contact their state representative (Rep. Tom Loehner, (573) 751-1344, email with the message:  Please retain funding for the Alternatives to Abortion program. ATA is a small program with a big impact. Some 2500 women and their unborn children were served (and saved) last year. Surely, in a 23 billion dollar state budget, funding can be preserved for alternatives to abortion.

Lenten Quiet Hour - Bethel Salem Presbyterian women invite you to a Lenten Quiet Hour on Saturday, March 20, at 10:30 a.m.  Donations for the Haiti disaster of money or cloth diapers.  RSVP Marilyn Nolting 943-6372 or Karen Niewald 943-2236.  Details on poster in back of St. Mary’s Church.

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.

Operation Rice Bowl - Our participation in Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl unites us in prayer, fasting, and giving with the millions of people throughout the world who are oppressed by poverty, injustice, war, disease, and lack of education and other opportunities.

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

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.

Group Faith-Sharing Sessions at St. Mary's are being held once a week during Lent in St. Mary's hall on Friday mornings after the 8:00 a.m. Mass.  Come share a cup of coffee and discussion on how we can be "Disciples on the Journey.”  All are welcome to attend any and all sessions.

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 - Feb 7 $1,487.50 $452.00
Feb 14 $928.00 $674.00
Feb 21 $809.00 $482.00
Feb 28 $488.00 $904.00
To date for February $3,712.50 $2,512.00
Offertory budget goal 7/1/09-2/21/10 $26,950.00 $21,689.15
Sunday collection 7/1/09-2/21/10 $27,947.00 $26,029.26
Difference $997.00 $4,340.11


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.

“Moratorium Now!” Rally & Lobbying Day - For a moratorium on the death penalty - March 17 at 10:00 a.m. at State Capitol.  For info, call 816-931-4177 or visit

? Of the Week - What steps are you taking this Lent to make sure that your faith bears fruit in good works?

Potluck/Presentation - Sunday, March 14, at Morrison Community Center.  12:00 noon meal; ham, bread & drinks furnished, please bring a side dish.  1:00 program on country of Denmark by Rasmus Anderson, exchange student from Denmark.  Co-sponsored by MWA & MWA Senior.  For info, call Marlo Bockting 294-6613 or Lorna Rost 294-7276. 

Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Spring Break Monastic Experience - For single women ages 18-30.  Two opportunities: Saturday, March 13, through Wed., March 17, and Saturday, March 20, through Wed., March 24, at their Monastery in Clyde, MO.  For more info/to register, contact Sister Ruth 660-944-2221 or email

Social Events Elsewhere - 1) CYO Breakfast at Frankenstein March 7, 7:00-11:00 a.m.  2) Country Ham and Sausage Breakfast at St. Thomas March 7, 8:00-11:30 a.m.  3)  Bingo/chili, etc., at Sacred Heart School, Rich Fountain, March 7, 12:00-4:00 p.m.  4) Fish Fry at Sacred Heart parish in Rich Fountain March 12, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Calling for Auction Items for the Evening With the Bishop auction and dinner to support our seminarians. Need ideas for an item to donate? Go on-line to and click on the VIP10 logo. You'll see tons of ideas there and you can sign up to donate at the same time. God bless you for your support!

Calendar of Parish Events - Feb./March

March 10 - Heart of Mary Funfest
March 11 - AS 6:30 PM Mass & Stations
March 12 - StM Group Faith Sharing
- StM 6:30 PM Stations
March 17 - PSR Stations (led by grades 3, 4, & 5)
March 18 - AS 6:30 PM Mass & Stations
March 19 - StM Group Faith Sharing
- StM 6:30 PM Stations
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