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

February 4-11, 2018

Hello to all.

This upcoming weekend is our last before we begin Lent.  In our lectionary, we emphasize the Transfiguration of Christ to close ordinary time. (The Roman Catholic calendar does this on the second weekend of Lent.) These are our assigned readings. 2 Kings 2: 1-11; psalm 50; 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6 and Mark 9: 2-9.  The first reading is about the passing of the prophetic mantle from Elijah to Elisha. The second reading refers to Paul's preaching of the light of Christ shining in our hearts that reveals to us the glory of God.  And as I already pointed out, the gospel has us reflect on the glory of God that shines on us disciples as we "gaze" upon Christ. (Remember that the gaze upon the cross is what led Francis to hear Christ's call to rebuild the Church.)

Chapel schedule this week:
Noon Eucharist on Tuesday and Thursday (February 6 and 8)
Wednesday Evening Prayer at 5 pm
Thursday after noon Eucharist--YOUR CHURCH IS TOO SMALL study
Saturday Eucharist--4 pm

Please NOTE WELL, Saturday at 4 pm.  Sharon and I are expected at 6:30 in Kirksville, so I will do a simple Eucharist beginning at 4 pm.  There will be a song or two, but it will be more like a weekday liturgy. I do hope all of you regulars can make that earlier time.

This week on Tuesday beginning at 1 pm the Roman Catholic diocese will have the ordination of their new bishop, Most Reverend W. Shawn McKnight.  Let us be in prayer with all our Catholic brothers and sisters that God will bless them in the new overseer of their faith. I am intending to watch it on Channel 17 at the Prenger house. I would love to have others prayerfully join me.

For your calendaring also, on February 14 (yes, it's Valentine's Day, but....) it is also ASH WEDNESDAY.  We will do a non-Eucharist celebration of the Word, with the imposition of ashes at 7 pm. 

Be thinking about what spiritual discipline you might take on or give up as we approach that refocusing season we call LENT.


- Fr. John, OFP







2018 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle