The Order of Franciscan Penitents

Chapel of Sts. Francis & Clare
1004 N. College Avenue
Columbia, Missouri 65201

Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.
Tues. & Thurs. Mass: noon
Wed. Evening Prayer: 6 p.m.


Come Worship With Us!

Join us for Worship at our Franciscan Chapel, 1004 N. College Avenue in Columbia, Missouri.

Saturday mass is at 5pm, followed by fellowship (about 90 minutes.) Tuesday and Thursday mass at Noon (about thirty minutes)

All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion

April 15-22, 2018

Christ is Risen!  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Blessings to all!

We are well into our 40 days of Easter now.  This coming Sunday is called Good Shepherd Sunday. Our readings still tell of the power and wonder of Easter.  Our scriptures for this coming weekend are Acts 4: 5-12; psalm 23; 1 John 3: 16-24; and John 10:  11-18. 

The Acts account is of Peter defending before the Sanhedrin the fact that he and John had healed the beggar at the Beautiful Gate of the temple (Acts 3).  Just like Jesus, and even these days, we are called before government leaders and religious leaders to defend our good works done in Jesus' Name. (I think of the efforts of the Church to be with the marginalized, the homeless, the undocumented.  It is tough to be there accompanying them, but we know of the Resurrection and it calls us to love in DEED and TRUTH.)

Here the second reading comes into play, The First John reading reminds us that real love is more that just speaking of love.  It must show itself in deeds and truth. This is how we demonstrate that we are disciples of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. People read us as a living Gospel.

The gospel has Jesus tell us who He is as He describes Himself as THE Good Shepherd.  He did His work at the Cross and continues to do it constantly, continuously and forever as King at the right hand of the Father.  He is our shepherd and we are THE sheep of his flock. And yet, as citizen-sheep, we help Him in His shepherding, His caring for all His sheep. That is how His Sheepfold-Kingdom spreads. Shepherds don't make sheep, sheep make sheep. And so, the Kingdom comes!

Chapel schedule this week

Tuesday and Thursday noon Eucharist
Wednesday evening prayer at 5 pm
Thursday Study at 10 am
Saturday weekend Eucharist at 5 pm, fellowship, followed by 3rd Saturday Business meeting
(This Sunday I am healthy enough to head back to St. Joseph to preside at their Eucharist)

That is all that occurs to me.  Love to all.

- Fr. John, OFP







2018 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle