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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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


January 24-31, 2021

Love and Blessings to you!

As I write this, it is January 25th, the feast of the conversion of St. Paul.  It is the last day of an octave of prayer that many Christians are not even aware of.  For about a century January 18 to January 25 has been observed as Church Unity Octave--eight days every year to pray and get church leaders and congregations to seek seriously the UNITY in the Body of Christ that will be a better witness to the world.  Remember Jesus' prayer in John 17 that all his disciples be one as He and the Father are one. So, as you read this, breathe a prayer for CHRISTIAN UNITY.  Line up with Jesus' Will that we become one even with all the diversity that exists in His Body on Earth.  It has to do with an attitude, desire, and action for CHRISTIAN UNITY.  I can almost hear our heavenly Father as He says: "Children, get along!  You and your witness are how the world will believe that I have sent the Son for the establishment of My Kingdom".  

The scriptures for this coming weekend are Deuteronomy 18: 15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8: 1-3, 10-13; and Mark 21-28.  The first reading is a prophecy on the lips of Moses that God would raise up a Prophet like himself who will speak God's Word with authority.  The gospel presents Jesus in the synagogue in Capernaum teaching with God's authority.  As we hear these readings we must ask about the response to the authority of Jesus the Christ in our own daily living.  That is where we get some guidance in our reading from First Corinthians which challenges us in regard to the idols in our own lives.  A good way to get ahold of our own idolatries is to do an assessment of where we put our time and focus.  A saying that would guide this process is attributed to Christian counselor, Clayton Barbeau:  "Where you put your time your put your life, where you put your life you put your love."  As His disciples, Jesus commands all our time, life, love!  Less than that is idolatry.  Here we need His grace!  And He is glad to give it.

Chapel Schedule this week
Noon Eucharist with physical distancing on Tuesday, January 26 and Thursday, January 28
(When Covid-19 restrictions are over we will return to Wednesday Evening prayer)
5 pm Saturday Eucharist on January 30.  We are available remotely through Facebook and Zoom

SAYINGS OF THE SAINTS:  "Days on which you have not rendered any good to others, will not be reckoned in the book of your life"  St. Kuriakose Chavara--saint from India
He also said this on his deathbed: "Why are you sad? All God's people must die some day.  My hour has come.  By the grace of God, I prepared myself for it since long."

That's it.  God bless your service to God and the Kingdom of His Christ!

- Fr. John, OFP


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