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 September 28, 2014 to October 5, 2014

Well, it is almost here again--The feast of St. Francis! That means for us (disciples of Jesus in the way of St. Francis) that we will celebrate TRANSITUS (St. Francis' transition from death to Life) with Franciscans the world over on the evening he died (October 3) and his feast day (October 4). Mentally, and spiritually, join with us these good days.

Specifically, for us in our CEC Franciscan fraternity, we will do our celebrating together in Branson, Missouri with Fr. David and S. Toni Almond and we can hardly wait. All of you our friends, pray with us as we will retreat together at the chapel of the Holy Spirit and just enjoy the fellowship and the place.

Specifically that means no film and discussion on Thursday morning, no noon Eucharist on Thursday and no weekend Eucharist at the chapel on Saturday October 4. All scheduled events return to normal from October 6 onward.

Our weekend scriptures are Isaiah 5: 1-7, psalm 80, Philippians 3: (7-13)14-21 and Matthew 21: 33-43. These readings are wonderful. Isaiah 5 and Matthew 21 are strong on the people of God being the vineyard of God, from whom God expects much in the way of fruit (of the Spirit). God help us be faithful as workers in His vineyard.

Philippians 3 is probably my personal favorite section of any of St. Paul's letters just have to read 7-13 as context to set up the power of the rest of the reading. All we want is to know Jesus Christ and the power of His Rising, by being conformed to the pattern of His Dying that we may experience His Rising in our lives. We are called to lay a hold of that for which He first laid a hold of us as we press onward/upward for full life in Christ.

Like I said: wonderful scriptures this weekend.

That is it. Blessings to all. Pray with us as we celebrate the feast of St. Francis.

Love in Christ,

Fr. John OFP