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

October 13-20, 2019

Greetings and salutations in the name of the Lord!

First to our upcoming weekend scriptures: Genesis 32: 22-31; psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3: 14-4:5 and Luke 18: 1-8.  The first reading is about Jacob, struggling with God and receiving a new name, ISRAEL, meaning 'God has contended'. It is at this point that God makes a personal covenant with Jacob.  This reading goes wonderfully with the gospel, where Jesus tells a parable about a widow (who has no power in that culture) who contends with an unjust judge. Jesus points out that God WILL bring justice and right to those who cry out to Him, but laments their seeming lack of faith.

The Second Timothy reading is one of the best scriptures about SCRIPTURE.  First, realize that the 'scripture' spoken of here is the writings of the Old Testament (but it applies very well to the writings of our New Testament as well).  Then catch this line (2 Timothy 3:16), "All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the person of God may be complete, equipped for every good work".  That is why St Jerome's quote is so pertinent: "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ"!  So, don't let up on your personal search of the Scriptures!!

Before I get to the chapel schedule, if you have coats, hats, scarves, gloves or blankets ready to donate WARM UP COLUMBIA, be sure to bring them by the chapel this week.  We have to bring them to Voluntary Action Center by October 24.

Chapel Schedule
Noon Eucharist Tuesday and Thursday (October 15, 17)
Wednesday Evening Prayer at 5 pm (October 16)
Note also that I preside at Eucharist at St. Francis Hospitality House at 8 pm (October 17) and you would be welcome.
Saturday Eucharist at 5 pm (October 19) 
    -Fraternity Business Meeting at 8 pm after our fellowship

Almost all of you know that I did campus ministry at Kirksville's Newman Center and then at Columbia's Newman Center from 1978 till 1986.  Because of that work, I became a devotee of Cardinal John Henry Newman.  Well, I invite you to spiritually celebrate with me, because as of yesterday (October 13), he has been canonized and fully recognized for his life and teachings.  I praise God that I have seen the day!

That does it.  Much love as you carry Christ to your world.

- Fr. John, OFP


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