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

December 9-16, 2018

Love to all.  

Here we are in mid Advent.  Our upcoming weekend is known as Gaudete Sunday, because the readings exhort us to rejoice for the Lord is near. The readings are Zephaniah 3: 14-20; psalm 85; Philippians 4: 4-9 and Luke 3: 7-18.  Zephaniah urges singing and shouting in joy because our God is in our midst as our true king.  In fact, the imagery is of God loving us so much that He is singing over us. Pretty neat, huh? The Philippians reading urges our rejoicing and putting off all our anxiety as we let the Lord know everything we need in prayer. Then we are exhorted to think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and gracious. If we do this, we are told the God of peace will be with us.  Our gospel is the one that mentions John's specific words to help us repent and reorient our lives. They require a bit of translation into our modern way of being. John was asked 'how are we to respond to his challenges?'  I will paraphrase.  Share what you have, don't rip others off.  Don't bully others or throw your weight around.  In general, it is a call to be sincere in trying to live justly and uprightly.

Chapel Schedule
Noon Eucharist as usual on Tuesday December 11 and Thursday December 13
Wednesday Evening prayer at 5 pm on December 12
This week on December 13 at 8 pm I preside at St. Francis House's Eucharist.  Your are most welcome.
Saturday Evening Eucharist at 5 pm, then fellowship and at 8 pm, our usual third weekend Fraternity business meeting

Don't let all the advertisements and commercialism get you down. Keep your eyes on the prize which is our always developing relationship with Christ, who (as Thomas Merton once said) lives in our paper flesh like dynamite.

God bless you and keep you.

- Fr. John, OFP








2018 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle