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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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


November 21-28, 2020

Hello to all!!

Blessed celebration of Thanksgiving even as we approach the beginning of the new liturgical year with its entrance into the season of Advent.  In a real sense, this is a very sober time.  The country is stressing because of the Covid-19 Pandemic along with the political and economic unrest.  Yet, all that we have and all that we are is gift to us from our loving Father.  Let us be fully thankful (ie Eucharistic) while lifting in prayer all whom we know are struggling.  Also, let's be safe and careful with our gatherings, wearing masks in public and safely distancing. Let's keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ who is our hope and salvation.  Let's be true citizens of His reign in these challenging days.

Our scriptures for the first Sunday of Advent are Isaiah 64 1-9; Psalm 80; 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9 and Mark 13: 33-37. The Isaiah reading is wistful in yearning for God's Coming and deliverance.  The account from 1 Corinthians is from the beginning of the letter and reminds us that we are sanctified by Christ, that we are equipped with all we need as we are awaiting the full revelation of Christ.  The gospel asks us to watch and pray as we await Christ's Coming because we don't know the day or hour.

At the chapel, we will have noon Eucharist on Tuesday, November 24, and 5 pm Eucharist on Saturday, November 28. Reminder: that Saturday's liturgy is available on Zoom or the Fraternity Facebook page.

SAYING OF THE SAINTS: "In the light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel"  --St Teresa of Avila

I thought this saying was appropriate given all the inconveniences of mask-wearing and social distancing, etc.

Again, stay safe, and BE THANKFUL for all that is ours through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Love to all,

- Fr. John, OFP


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2020 Diocesan Prayer Cycle