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.

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Love and Blessings

Before I do anything else, I want to send blessings to Fr. Chris Keough ofp and his wife Dawn and their daughter. Fr. Chris's dad Robert Joseph Keough went home to his Lord on June 10. We will pray for him and especially you, asking that you will know the consolation of the Holy Spirit at this time. God bless and keep your family these days.

Our scriptures for Proper 7 are Job 38: 1-11; Psalm 107; 2 Corinthians 5: 14-21 and Mark 4: 35-41. Our reading from Job is the address of God to him at the end of the book. Remember, Job is the righteous man, who stays upright even as his life sees plenty of trouble. Our text had God saying to him (and us) from the whirlwind, 'where were you when I did all the stuff of creation?' In other words, God is Lord of His Creation and gets to run it as He likes.

The gospel is the account of Jesus and His disciples in a boat on the Sea of Galilee and a fierce storm arises. Jesus demonstrates that He is Lord over the waters, calling to mind God exerting Lordship over the waters of Creation at the beginning of Genesis.

And staying with the 'creation' theme, our second reading tells us that if we are 'in Christ', WE are a new creation! Christ in us, our hope of glory as we cooperate with God's grace. Yes, even we are continually being created anew by the Creator.

Chapel Schedule

Noon Eucharist on Tuesday and Thursday (June 15, and 17)
5 pm Eucharist on Saturday, June 19
Also at 7 pm, June 19, we have our Fraternity business meeting, available on Go To Meeting.


"Keep the faith, and do the little things"--St David of Wales

"Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God, and our ears to the voice from heaven that every day calls out this charge: "If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts (Psalm95: 8)--St. Benedict in the prologue of his Rule.

God bless you all. Love, Fr. John ofp

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