May 8- Ascension of the Lord, 2016

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: SUN 8:00 a.m. at Chamois
SAT 6:00 p.m. at Morrison

May 1, 2016 Cemetery $215 Food Pantry $40
      Food Pantry  




5/7 - Joe Budnik, 5/14 - Danny Lamb, 5/21 - Larry Kuebler, 5/28 - Gayle Hackmann


1st Sun–Wilma Trachsel/Dennis Lamb, 2nd Sun–Wayne/Paula Helle, 3rd Sun–Viv/Larry Boss, 4th Sun–Bernie/Marian Forck, 5th - Bosses


Monday** May 9 10:00 am Wednesday May 11 6:00 pm
Rev. Patrick Pierceall Catherine Brandt
Thursday May 12 10:00 am Friday May 13 8:00 am
Virginia Kuester Verhoff Family
Saturday May 14 6:00 pm Sunday May 16 8:00 am
For the People Art Riegel

**Note Change in Weekday Mass Schedule – Mass will be on Monday at 10:00 rather than Tuesday for the coming week (Fr. Dave is offering Mass at Frene Valley on Tuesday).

       “I, of course, want to first of all wish all our Mothers a most blessed and happy Mothers’ Day. May God Bless you all, and may we all appreciate the great gift and contributions of all the women and mothers in our lives, parish and society.
       “I would also like to encourage everyone to consider a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Starkenburg next Sunday, May 15, as part of your celebration of this Holy Year of Mercy. What are we doing to grow in faith and devotion? A pilgrimage is a great way to honor Our Lady and do something practical and concrete in our spiritual life. A pilgrimage to Starkenburg certainly would not be a burden on anyone. I hope to see many of you there.”…Fr. Dave

Reception for Graduate – NEXT Sunday, May 15, in MPH hall after 8:00 a.m. Mass at MPH.  Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate with and congratulate our graduate!

Year of Mercy Pilgrimages – Bishop Gaydos has designated the following shrines as a diocesan pilgrimage destination for the Jubilee Year of Mercy:   1) Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine in Starkenburg - Spring Pilgrimage May 15, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. outdoor Mass, lunch available 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  (The shrine grounds & building are open during the daytime hours seven days a week.  Historical tours available [$5/person] through Mrs. Shirley Koenig 573-252-4551.)  2) National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, in Laurie – pilgrimage Saturday, May 28, 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. closing Mass.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/15-6/30/16 $52,000.00 $36,000.00
Budget goal per month $4,333.00 $3,000.00
Weekly goal $1000.00 $692.00
Collection - May 1 $1,704 na
May 8    
May 15    
May 22    
May 29    
To date for May $1704  
Offertory budget goal 7/1/15-5/1/16 $44,000 $30,448
Sunday collection 7/1/15-5/1/16 $51,085 $34,658
Difference $7,085 $4,210

Question of the Week – Jesus invites us to be one with God. Name a moment when you were one with God this past week.

Nursing Home Mass – A Mass will be offered for “Verhoff Family” on Tuesday, May 10, at 9:30 a.m. at Frene Valley Nursing Home in Hermann.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Celebrate Gayle Hackmann’s Retirement – May 17 celebration 3:30-6:30 p.m. in Osage R-1 School library.  Everyone invited.

Mass at Starkenburg Shrine – Tuesday, May 10, at noon.  Confessions available 11:30 a.m. until start of Mass.  Rosary offered at 11:40 a.m.  Lunch available following Mass.

Floodplain Meeting – Thursday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. in MPH hall.  Karen McHugh from State Emergency Management will provide education about floodplain issues that affect us – building, demolition, insurance, etc.  Open to the public.  If questions, call Chamois City Hall 763-5541.

MO Catholic Conference asks you to contact Senator Mike Kehoe (573-751-2076, email at in regard to two bills:  1) ask him to support Senate bills that allow graduates of nonpublic high schools to participate in A+ Scholarship Program, 2) urge him to pass HB 1605 as approved by MO House (state EITC for working families & tax credit that will help school children with their unmet needs including health, hygiene, and hunger).

Reminders – Call Ev if:  1) you would like your name added or removed from MPH Prayer Chain, 2) you can bring coffeecake, muffins, etc., or if you can help at Fr. Dave’s reception on June 5.

Social Event Elsewhere – K of C Breakfast at Linn May 15.


Calendar of Parish Events – May

May 14/15 – Comm & Ed Coll

May 15 – Graduation Rcptn





Bishop’s Letter – Communication & Education
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This coming Pentecost weekend, May 14-15, I ask that you prayerfully consider supporting the combined collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Due to resources provided by the CCC, thousands of Catholics were able to experience the events of last fall’s Papal Visit remotely through live-streaming on the Internet and enhanced coverage by the Catholic News Service.  This visit truly had unprecedented reach in sharing the Gospel and it reflects the ongoing impact of the CCC in helping to evangelize and engage people with the faith.  The CCC supports projects throughout the world that evangelize both Catholics and non-Catholics alike through the use of various print, electronic and social media. 
The Catholic University of America (CUA) is the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. Bishops and chartered by the Vatican.  Catholic University has educated and continues to instruct clergy, religious, and young laymen and women from our Diocese, every geographical region of the country, and from the far corners of the globe.  Nearly 500 Catholic parishes participate in the University’s Parish Scholarship Program, through which 1,500 undergraduates are nominated by their pastors to receive annual scholarships, valued at $4.5 million.  Your gift helps to support a Catholic University education, which offers students a unique opportunity to develop individual passions and prepare for a lifetime of faith and service.
Please note that fifty percent of the CCC collection remains in the Diocese of Jefferson City to support our local evangelization efforts, which include my commercial ads that invite Catholics back to the practice of their faith, and the “Mustard Seed” scripture meditation radio programs in Moberly and California.  In addition, the student financial aid made possible through this collection will help future Catholic leaders experience an education grounded in Catholic tradition at America’s Catholic University.
We need your help.  On May 14-15, with your assistance, we can promote the Gospel and train the next generation of Catholic leadership in our Diocese and our nation.  Please generously support this important diocesan collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. 
Sincerely yours in Christ…Most Reverend John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City