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 March 22 to March 29, 2015

Hello to all

Well, we are approaching Palm Sunday and all the events of Holy Week. Fr. David and Toni Almond will be with us and Fr. David will be presiding at our Holy Thursday and Good Friday liturgies. I will preside at the Saturday Easter Vigil.

But I get ahead of myself and all that I hope to tell you.

This week, though, it is spring break and some kids are at home and Josiah and Maranatha are on a Rock Bridge High School Band trip to Florida, I am intending to preside at Tuesday and Thursday Eucharist at noon. I think we will have Wednesday evening prayer at 5 pm.

We will NOT have the Luke-Acts class this weekend and at least into mid-April. (We do have spring break this week, then Holy Week.) And no noon Mass next week)

Our Palm Sunday liturgy will be at the usual 5 pm time on Saturday, March 28, with the blessing of palms and a procession. On Sunday in the downtown at Broadway and ninth at 10:30 am, the usual Ecumenical Palm Sunday gathering happens. It is a wonderful witness of faith as processions of people carrying palms come together with their presiding ministers to bless palms and enter into each of their observations of Holy Week. I have participated many times and just love it. Come be part of it if you are able.

Next week from Sunday March 29 till Thursday April 2, I and my sister Carol are travelling to be with our brother Ray in Omaha as he continues his open heart surgery recovery. This means NO FRIAR'S FOOTNOTES for next week and no Tuesday Eucharist on Tuesday March 31.

The Easter Triduum (Three Days celebrating the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ) is April 2,3,4 culminating with Easter Sunday. There will be no Noon Eucharist on Holy Thursday because of THE main celebration of the Eucharist at 7 pm, with the washing of feet. Then the very simple Good Friday service with the reading of the Passion of St. John is at 7 pm. Finally, our celebration of Easter will be by keeping the Easter Vigil which also will begin at 7 pm on Holy Saturday. (Note: NOT THE USUAL 5 pm time.)

We will NEED many participants during several of these liturgies. We need several readers for the regular readings and for the Passion of St. Mark on Palm Saturday. We need all to be ready for foot washing on Thursday, as well as readers. Though Fr. David is presiding, I expect we need several readers on Friday, since it includes the passion of St. John. And, we definitely need readers for the MANY readings from the Old Testament on the Easter Vigil on Saturday. SO PLAN TO PARTICIPATE. And after Palm liturgy on Saturday, we will assign readings and other duties.

There is another issue. Good Friday and Holy Saturday occur when we usually do the fraternity fellowship and when we do WHEN WE EAT, THEY EAT. So this weekend we need to discuss our options. We could do a meal mid afternoon, before the 7 pm (not 5 pm) liturgy. We could do a brunch after the long vigil service. Or, as we did a couple of years ago, a breakfast on Sunday Morning? Be thinking about it and we will settle it this weekend after the Palm Saturday service.

Be sure to check out our CEC calendar for various scriptures and for some reason it DOES NOT include the many Easter Vigil readings. We will assign those this Saturday, as I indicated.

That is it. Blessings as we approach Holy Week.

Fr. John OFP