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

August 13-20, 2017

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

In a good part of our United States just after this coming weekend, we are about to be visited by a sign that is mentioned often in the Scriptures because of its uniqueness--a total eclipse!  Let us be in prayer for the country and all who will be moving about because of this momentous event.  I am reminded of the words in Peter's sermon in Acts 2: 17-21 (where he quotes Joel: 3:1-5): " It will come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out a portion of my spirit on all humankind: your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams. Yes, even on my servants and handmaids I will pour out a portion of my spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy.  I will work wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below: blood, fire, and a cloud of smoke.  The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of that great and glorious day of the Lord. Then shall everyone be saved who calls on the name of the Lord."

Peter took a scary quote from the prophet Joel and and turned it into a New Testament promise. I hope that all who are affected by this eclipse will be drawn in the same way to center on The Lord and King of the Universe---Jesus Christ.  With the Book of Common Prayer we pray: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed be His Kingdom, now and forever. Amen. Loving Savior, help us appreciate these signs of the times, and yet stay awake and sober, because we do not know the day or hour of our Lord's Return.

Scriptures for our Eucharist this coming weekend are Isaiah 56: 1-7; psalm 67; Romans 11: 25-32 and Matthew 15: 21-28.  Our gospel is the account of the woman from Tyre and Sidon, whose daughter Jesus healed.  She is a foreigner (dare I say, immigrant) who receives blessing from Jesus even though she does not officially Jewish.

 The first reading promises that the foreigner and the eunuch, (and also other people at the margins of society, not only the Jew) will reap the benefits of the covenant if they live uprightly.  God reads our hearts and loves us all.

In the Romans reading, St. Paul credits Jews who do not receive Jesus as the Christ as the ones buying us gentiles the time to come into His reign before He comes at the close of it all.


Tuesday August 15 noon Eucharist (Feast of Assumption/Dormition of Mary)
Wednesday August 16 evening prayer
Thursday August 17 NO EUCHARIST. (I have the MOVED Columbia Faith Voices meeting and before it I have a commitment that I need to honor, so I am unable to preside at 10:30 as I often do.)
Saturday August 19 Eucharist for the Weekend at 5 pm. 
  (After fellowship, on this third weekend will be the Fraternity business meeting)

Remember to keep Thursdays right after noon Eucharist open for the study of John Armstrong's book, YOUR CHURCH IS TOO SMALL for about 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours. I hope to begin September 7.  Again, is anyone open to such a study in the evening?

Please save coats, jackets, gloves, blankets, socks, hats for WARM UP COLUMBIA to be gathered in late October.

Have a blessed week getting ready for the great sign in the heavens.

Love to all, 

- Fr. John, OFP






2017 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle