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


WEEK OF February 22 to March 1, 2015

***** UPDATE *******

Just found out that since the weather is sounding bad for Saturday that the Formation weekend for our novices have been called off. So....there will BE NO EVENING PRAYER OR EUCHARIST AT 5 PM on Saturday February 28. (Sharon and I are still hoping to be with family in St. Louis)

There WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST AT THE CHAPEL on Sunday March 1 at 10 am. Come join us, weather permitting.

Again, Formation weekend cancelled and Evening Prayer at 5 pm cancelled on February 28.


I am a little late in getting these notes out. Many of you know that I was with my brother Ray who had open heart surgery two weeks ago and has a long way of recovery to go. Thanks to all for the prayers and support.

We are coming to the second weekend of Lent. Our readings are Genesis 22: 1-14; psalm 16; Romans 8: 31-39 and Mark 8: 31-38. In Genesis, we have the account of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac which is TYPOLOGICAL of what God would actually do in the Eternal Sacrifice of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel is Jesus predicting His Passion and calling us to pick up our own cross also. And the Romans reading tells us that since God paid that AWE-FULL price for us, NOTHING (NO, NOTHING!!) can separate us from the Love of God available to us through Christ. We can count on that!

Last week we announced that Fr. David Almond OFP would preside at the community Eucharist on February 28. NOTE THIS: Fr. David will NOT be able to preside, because he has a very bad throat infection and is on strong antibiotics. He expresses strong regret.

This is the weekend that the OFP novices will be here Friday evening and Saturday. They will close their day with a NON-EUCHARISTIC evening prayer at the usual time of 5 pm. All who usually join us for the usual Saturday 5 pm Eucharist are welcome to that evening prayer. It will be fairly simple.

As I announced last week, Sharon and I will be at a special family gathering in St. Louis on Saturday. But, we will be back that evening. I will plan to preside at THE EUCHARIST ON SUNDAY MARCH 1 AT 10 AM at the Chapel. It will be simpler (ie not as much time for praise), but I welcome any who usually celebrate Eucharist with us to join us.

Should any one want to participate: the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is hosting a day of Renewal at Newman Center on Turner St. in Columbia also on Saturday February 28. Registration begins at 8 am and it ends at 4:30 with Eucharist. (Former CEC priest Ed Will is one of the presenters as a Catholic lay leader.)

NEWS: On Saturday February 28, Aaron Williams (the young man who was our liaison for Christian Fellowship Church, when we rented from them on Walnut St several years ago) is to be ordained a priest in the Anglican Church of North America somewhere in Oklahoma. His mom Jane says that she thinks our little community had a hand in his vocation to move into ACNA and respond to a call to the priesthood. Lift him in prayer please.

We have our usual Thursday Luke-Acts Study at 10 am, and Eucharist at noon February 26.

Remember, that NEXT WEEKEND March 6, is fraternity fellowship at 7:30 pm, and that March 7 is WHEN WE EAT, THEY EAT. So bring food for the food bank and plan for fellowship supper after the Saturday Eucharist. (We are running very close financially, so on March 6 we will do carry-in at the chapel. Plan to participate whether you can bring something or not. We will assess how this goes. It will probably be better stewardship and better fellowship.)

Two other things about the March 6, 7 and 8 weekend. It is True/False film festival. Jim J and I will be at our OFP meeting and at the liturgy on Saturday, but will go back to the festival right away. Also, that Saturday evening, TIME SPRINGS FORWARD.

That's all folks (a la Bugs Bunny.)

Fr. John OFP