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 11-18, 2019

Hello to all,

To any who read this, you know!  It is that zany time of the year when you or your acquaintances or children or grandchildren are getting ready to begin the school year.  It comes around every year just like a season, like clockwork.
Here in Columbia Missouri, the town swells as the colleges and university accept their students. All the other schools are getting ready too.  The teachers ready themselves as do the students. We bless them, encourage them, we pray with and for them in these endeavors.

Our scriptures for this coming weekend are Jeremiah 23: 23-29; psalm 82; Hebrews 12: 1-6 and Luke 12: 49-56.  Jeremiah is very timely for this day and age.  God is speaking saying, "I've heard the prophets who tell lies in my name" and goes on to say, "let the one who has my Word, let him speak my Word faithfully".  God help us be prophetic to this time we live in by speaking and living God's Word faithfully.

Hebrews 12 tells us to draw strength from the heroes of faith who have gone before us so that we ourselves will be faithful.  We are told not to discount the disciplining that the Lord allows us to undergo. This demonstrates that we really are sons and daughters of God.

In our gospel account, we have Jesus saying that He wants to send fire on the earth and wishes it were blazing. He ends our scripture section wishing we could discern the time, the age we are living in.  Yes! Amen!

Chapel Schedule for our week

Tuesday and Thursday noon Eucharist (August 13, 15)
5 pm Wednesday evening prayer (August 14)
5 pm Eucharist on Saturday August 17 
8 pm Fraternity Business Meeting

Have a wonderful week!

Love in Christ,

- Fr. John, OFP


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