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

July 15-22, 2018

Grace and Peace of God our Father, the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship/communion of the Holy Spirit be with ALL of you!!

Our Scripture readings for the coming weekend are Jeremiah 23: 1-6; psalm 23; Ephesians 2: 13-22 and Mark 6: 30-34.  As with the past several weekends, we have had several challenging readings from one of the prophets.  This is time it is Jeremiah, who prophecies against Israel's shepherds for fleecing the sheep and in no way protecting them. Then he assures us of the coming one (we know to be Jesus) who is THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, the Good Shepherd.

It is no secret that I just love the letter to the Ephesians.  It is such a wonderful letter letting us know who we are and what we have IN CHRIST.  Our account here reminds us that Christ is our RECONCILIATION; in Him we who were two are now ONE.  Its original meaning was concerning Jewish and Gentile disciples.  In this day and age, it must mean Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox---we are NOT ENEMIES, if we are serious disciples of our Lord Jesus. This scripture is a challenge to think with the mind of Christ about true reconciliation throughout the Body of Christ.

Our gospel has Jesus calling the disciples to rest after they had done their two by two apostolic work.  It sounded like a good idea, but the crowds pressed them. But the needs were so great and Jesus' compassion won the day because He is indeed the Good Shepherd.  So He turned around and gave them His time and His Life.

Chapel Calendar

Tuesday and Thursday Noon Eucharist (July 17 and 19)
Wednesday Evening prayers at 5 pm
Saturday 5 pm Eucharist, followed by fellowship
After Fellowship, (third Saturday ) Fraternity Business Meeting.

Blessings to all and have a good week.

- Fr. John, OFP

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2018 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle