August 14 , 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. (Assumption) and
Sun 8:00 a.m. (St. Mary's)

SUNDAY COLLECTIONST. MARY’S: $1,013.00 Ret fund for religious $20.00
(Aug 7, 2011) Samaritan Center $42.00 candles $2.50
 ASSUMPTION: $346.00 Ret fund for religious $5.00
  Herman Food Patnry $14.00 Elec & Heat $50.00


COUNTERS AT ASSUMPTION: 8/13 - Larry Kuebler, 8/20 - Gayle Hackmann, 8/27 - Gary Seifert, 9/3 - Joe Budnik

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

MONDAY Aug 15 6:30 pm      
Urban Rost  
TUESDAY Aug 16 10:00 am WEDNESDAY Aug 17 6:00 pm
Raymond H. & Stella G. Wolken Chick Keilholz
THURSDAY Aug 18 8:00 am FRIDAY Aug 19 8:00 am
Alvin & Alvina Rackers Paul Mehmert
SATURDAY Aug 20 6:00 pm SUNDAY Aug 21 8:00 am
Frances P. Schneider For the People

**Solemnity of the Assumption - Mass for this feast day will be offered on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Assumption.  All welcome.

Text Box:       “Several people have commented on my homily at LeRoy’s funeral. Perhaps several comments are worth repeating. We all get old. The question is why? Is it just an unfortunate consequence of original sin? Or something more? I think that growing old is all part of God’s design for us. As we grow up, and throughout our youth, and most of our life we are busy about the affairs of this world. But as we grow older, we are no longer able to do the things we once did. We wear out, get tired, grow weak, and don’t have the strength we once did. God wants us to turn our attention from the things of this world, to the world that is to come. He reminds us in many ways that this world is not our true home, and he gives us our elderly years to look forward to the kingdom of heaven. Therefore we should rejoice with old age, and accept it as a friend. We now have more time to be about our spiritual good. If we can’t do a lot of physical activities, we can still pray. Our thoughts can turn to God. We can spend more time talking with Him. That is the wisdom of the Elderly. Those who know that use their time well, and accept their physical limitations. They spend more time with God. LeRoy (and many others) had that wisdom. They would spend their days saying their prayers, praying the rosary, watching EWTN, and going to Church and other ways of using their time on earth preparing to meet their Creator. I hope we all have such wisdom. We only have weekday Mass at each parish several times a week; if you are retired and can’t do much else, maybe make that part of your retirement years. Surely an hour on Wednesday evening, or thirty-five minutes on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday is not too much to prepare for celebrating the everlasting banquet in the Kingdom of Heaven.
     “Monday is the Solemnity of the Assumption of our Lady. While not a holyday of obligation, it is still an important Solemnity of the Church. As it is Assumption parish’s principal feast day, they would like to invite everyone to a special celebration at 6:30 p.m.
     “God bless.”...Fr. Dave

Out-of-Town Mass - A Mass will be offered for “Dora White” on Thursday, August 18, at 10:00 a.m. at Autumn Meadows in Linn.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Assumption Fall Dinner Raffle Prizes - Anyone who would like to donate a raffle prize for the Assumption Fall Dinner please call Mary Ann Lamb before August 15, phone # 294-7162.

Support Elderly Religious - A donor to the Retirement Fund for Religious writes, “We thank God for every religious sister who taught us in school, not only our ABCs, but also to love God.”  Show your support for the senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who have made a positive difference in so many lives.  Please share in the care and give generously to next weekend’s special collection.  A special envelope for this collection is in your contribution envelope packet.

Social Events Elsewhere - 1) Picnic at Sacred Heart parish in Rich Fountain Aug. 14, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.  2) Picnic at St. Thomas parish Aug. 21, 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 3) K of C Pumpkin Festival - Oct. 2, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in Westphalia.  Any vendors interested in renting space at the event, please contact Darla Veltrop, 573-455-2947, by Friday, Sept. 23. 

MO Catholic Conference Annual Assembly - Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. closing Mass.  This annual assembly will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War with workshops on a wide range of controversial issues that currently divide our nation.  Some workshops are: 1) Separation of Church and State: Fact or Fiction?, 2) Can We Still Afford Social Security and Medicare?, 3) Where is God When Life Hurts?  Youth events featuring visit with Mr. Lincoln, child care/activities for ages 5 through 12.  Registration is free, and so is lunch.  For more info/to register, pick up a brochure from the back of church, visit, or call 1-800-456-1679.

Financial Stewardship
  St. Mary’s Assumption
Offertory budget 7/1/11-6/30/12 $43,160.00 $33,020.00
Budget goal per month $3,597.00 $2,750.00
Weekly goal $830.00 $635.00
Collection - Aug 7 $1,013.00 $346.00
Aug 14    
Aug 21    
Aug 28    
To date for August $1,013.00 $346.00
Offertory budget goal 7/1/11-8/7/11 $4,980.00 $3,810.00
Sunday collection 7/1/11-8/7/11 $4,559.00 $3,577.00
Difference -$421.00 -$233.00

? of the Week - When you pray, how do you know that Jesus will really respond?

Handbell Choir Rehearsal - Tuesday, August 16, at 7:00 p.m.

Vocation Blurb - In today’s reading from the Letter to the Romans, Paul says “the gifts and the call of God is irrevocable.”  Go to

Help Stop the Inclusion of Abortion-Inducing Drugs in the Federal Healthcare Law - The Obama Administration has announced a mandate that all new health insurance plans (and any non-grandfathered plans) provide coverage for all FDA-approved "birth control" drugs and devices, sterilization procedures, and counseling with no co-pay, including emergency contraceptive drugs that can cause an abortion.  This regulation also lacks adequate conscience protection for individuals & religious organizations and will trump MO law, which allows institutions and people of faith to opt out of insurance plans that cover emergency contraceptives and birth control.  Action requested by MO Catholic Conference:  Ø Express your objection to the mandate by contacting the Dept. of Health & Human Services by September 30 (go to!home, enter keyword "group health plans" or ID "HHS-OS-2011-0023-0002". Then scroll down and click "submit a comment" under Actions.  Regular mail address:  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-9992-IFC2, PO Box 8010, Baltimore, MD 21244-8010).  Ù Contact U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (202-225-2956 email at, Senator Claire McCaskill (202-224-6154 email at and Senator Roy Blunt (202-224-5721 email at and ask them to use their influence to oppose this mandate and urge support for HR 1179, a U.S. House conscience protection bill.  Points of message: A) Please don't force me to pay for abortion-inducing drugs with my healthcare premiums; B) The HHS mandate will undermine MO law which allows people of faith to opt out of abortion-inducing emergency contraception and birth control coverage; C) Catholic institutions should not be forced to provide emergency contraception that can cause abortion and birth control, because use of these drugs violates Church teaching; D) Pregnancy is not a disease; E) Preserve the rights of conscience and religious liberty for people of faith.

MO Catholic Conference (MCC) Citizens’ Network - Through this network Catholics work together to advance public policies that assist the poor & protect all human life from conception until natural death.  If you are not already a member of the MCC Citizen’s Network & would like to be, visit or call 1-800-456-1679.  The MCC is the official public policy agency for the Catholic Church in MO.

On Mission in India - The Foundation for Children in Need in India has made mission appeals in parishes across our diocese and parishioners everywhere have responded generously. In gratitude, the foundation has offered to host a mission immersion group from the diocese in February, 2012. The foundation ( works in the state of Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India, ministering to the medical, educational, and other basic needs of the poor. Participants will spend two weeks visiting projects, meeting the people they serve, and encountering some of the great culture and history that is India. For more information, contact Mark Saucier in the Mission Office at 573-635-9127 or

Why Natural Family Planning (NFP)? Good News for Modern Families - Why pollute your body with drugs? Modern NFP has no side effects, it helps couples understand and communicate about their mutual fertility, and unlike the rhythm method of 50 years ago, it is 99% effective. Who can benefit?  1) Families with one child or several, 2) Married couples hoping to achieve—or postpone—pregnancy, 3) Married couples approaching the end of their fertile years, 4) Engaged couples trying to live in accord with God’s plan for marriage.  For more info, contact Kate Basi at

Stewardship Quote - Good stewards know that Isaiah's message is as compelling today as it was in the time of the kingdom of Judah: Do the right thing. Offer justice and compassion toward others. Be honest in all your dealings. And remember to observe the day of the Lord.


Calendar of Parish Events - Aug

Aug    - AS Hermann Food Pantry Coll
- StM Samaritan Cntr Coll
Aug 16 - Handbell Choir Rhrsl
Aug 20/21 - Ret Fund for Rel Coll
Aug 23-Sept 2 - Fr. Dave on Vacation
Aug 28 - Coffee/donuts after Mass
Aug 31 - Heart of Mary Funfest