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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Week of July 25 - August 1, 2021

Hello beloved brothers and sisters.,

Lots of info, so I will get right to it. First the scriptures for the next two weekends.

(Proper 14, August 7) 1 Kings19: 1-8; Psalm 34; Ephesians: 4: 25-32; and John 6: (35-40) 41-51 and (Proper 15, August 14) Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5: 15-20 and John 6: (52) 53-59. At our weekend Eucharists, we continue with a deep delve into Jesus as the Bread of Life. Each week makes His case stronger. Jesus scandalizes us by making sure we get the import of His centrality in our life--He is our absolute nourishment for us to enter into the close communion we are to have with our God. The multiplication of the loaves and fish was the sign, but we must go further in relationship with Him. And yet further!! His Flesh is real food, His Blood real drink and without Him in that way, we will not live eternally. Talk about the centrality of the Eucharist for us Christians!! Again, I recommend reading prayerfully all of John 6, letting it pull you into the depth of Jesus' teaching us as He is our Bread of Life.


This week everything is as usual, noon Eucharist on Tuesday and Thursday (August 3 and 5).

Friday Fraternity fellowship at 7 pm August 6 on Go To Meeting. (We face serious questions about our rental agreement)

Saturday 5 pm Eucharist, also available on our website through Facebook (August 7)

Note Well--NO NOON EUCHARIST on Tuesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 12.

YES, 5 pm Eucharist on Saturday, August 14.


From St Bernard of Clairvaux: "Happy is the man who has found wisdom. Even more happy is the man who lives in wisdom, for he perceives its abundance. There are three ways for wisdom or prudence to abound in you: if you confess your sins, if you give thanks and praise, and if your speech is edifying." (Wonderful focus on how to come to wisdom! Thanks, St. Bernard.)

Another one I found recently comes from St. Ethelwold, bishop of Winchester, England. In 980, a persistent famine prompted him to sell His cathedral's gold and silver vessels to alleviate the hungers of the poor. He explained his action this way: "There is no reason that the senseless temples of God should abound in riches and the living temples of the Holy Spirit starve for hunger." (Somehow it strikes me that St. Ethelwold understood the deeper meaning of Jesus as THE Bread of Life as he gave up the riches of his cathedral's coffers, so that there would be ordinary bread for his people.)

Note that there will be NO FRIAR'S FOOTNOTES next Monday.

Be blessed. Much love to all.

Keep as cool as you can!!

Fr. John ofp

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