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 October 19, 2014 to October 26, 2014

"We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers..." That is the beginning of the greeting from 1 Thessalonians, our second reading from last weekend. And, it is true. Read it again as you prepare this weekend's scriptures.

Our upcoming readings are Exodus 22: 21-27; psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8 and Matthew 22: 34-46. The gospel has us hearing Jesus give us the 2 Great Commandments of Love God and Love Neighbor (which are well articulated in the Hebrew Scriptures, Deuteronomy 6:5 combined with Leviticus 19:18). They are to be THE Focus of our following Him.

The Exodus scripture is one of many Old Testament places that seeks to spell out how to go about loving God and neighbor. It is very prescriptive and detailed about caring for the alien (think of our borders and the many people of other cultures in our midst, how do we treat them?). It is very direct in challenging our giving and lending policies (think of our idolatrous love of making money, does this not challenge or at least question unfettered capitalism, like Pope Francis has done?). Take these texts seriously. How do they challenge our repentance?

The 1 Thessalonian text brings forward the love St Paul and his coworkers exhibited not only in word but in their action. He uses the example of a nursing mother taking care of her children. Once again this is a scripture that puts together Love of God, demonstrated by love of neighbor.

The stuff of the week is pretty much the same. Tuesday noon Eucharist, Wednesday evening intercessory prayer at 5 pm and Thursday study beginning at 10 am followed by noon Eucharist.

Reminder that if you are bringing any coats, hats, gloves scarfs to be donated to WARM UP COLUMBIA, sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center, bring them to me by this Saturday liturgy.

Many of you have heard me speak of Columbia Faith Voices, an effort of Christian and other faith communities to make a difference against some of our societal ills. It has been primarily pastors meeting to try to work together on justice issues. CVF is now trying to more fully involve the laity. Their monthly LAY TABLE will meet at 7pm at Second Baptist Church on Broadway in downtown Columbia Tuesday October 21. I have been going, but will NOT be able to do so tomorrow, because Sharon and I have another engagement. I do encourage any of our fraternity and fellowship to be a part of this ministry.

That is all that occurs to me.

Much love of God and (hopefully) of neighbor be with us....

Fr. John OFP