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 August 24 - August 31, 2014

Love and Blessings of the Lord Jesus be with you!!

Our readings for the Labor Day weekend are Jeremiah 15: 15-21; psalm 26; Romans 12: 1-8 and Matthew 16: 21-27. The Jeremiah reading assures us that if we, despite our sins, will turn back to the Lord, He will receive us and make us a "fortified wall of bronze" and no evil will prevail against us. This is very important in view of the gospel where Jesus has to challenge Peter saying that he is playing the role of Satan in trying to dissuade Jesus from embracing the cross. (This last weekend I gave copies of a commentary that point out that Jesus is likely referring to the Hebrew letter taw (T), the last letter in Hebrew. It is like saying be faithful in your life from A to Z (or in Greek, alpha to omega, in Hebrew, aleph to taw). Of course, for us lovers of St. Francis, it was his use of the tau (T), Greek T as his simple way of signing his name and saying that he wanted always to embrace the cross. So those of you who occasionally wear a tau cross, do so proudly (or maybe I should say humbly).

The Romans reading calls us to be transformed by the offering our bodies as a living sacrifice and by the renewing of our minds with the very mind of Christ. There it is again--embrace the cross.

This weekend is our "fifth" Saturday of the month in which we decided to have other members of the fraternity lead our prayer on the pattern of Even Song. Jim has asked to bring the word. Sharon and I will be there so there will be the Eucharist following.

Tuesday and Thursday Eucharist at noon. In our Francis movie study, We will be viewing a more recent film called Francis and Clare. Remember that we are trying to start by 9:30 am

That is all that occurs to me. Bless you as we approach Labor Day weekend.

Fr. John OFP