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

****Special Note - February 25, 2020**** Big apology to all.  I should have caught this as I sent out the regular edition of Footnotes yesterday.  On Saturday February 29 right at 5 pm our family is to be at a wedding here in Columbia.  We are pledged to be there and some of us are participating in it.  Obviously, we will not be at our Saturday gathering and I won't be able to preside at Eucharist. As of writing this, I have not been able even to secure a leader for a scripture service on Saturday.

To complicate matters, our chapel is used by our New Evangelical Anglican Church on Sunday mornings.  For those of you who can make it, I will preside at the Eucharist at our home (2611 Mallard Court, 65201) at 10 am. Come celebrate the first Sunday of Lent (March 1) with us  at our home at 10 am.

Please spread the word of this change to all as several do not get the Footnotes or don't check details like this that are in them.

Reminder: I preside at Ash Wednesday service at Christian Fellowship at 12:15 pm tomorrow.  All of us are welcome.  And if you prefer, come to our house at 7 pm for a simple scripture service with the imposition of ashes.  Blessings to all as we begin our Lenten observances.

Again, I apologize for not catching my inability to be there Saturday. Old Timer's disease, I guess. Do come on Sunday if you are able.

Lots of love, Fr. John.

February 23- March 1, 2020

Hello to all

I mentioned it in the Footnotes last week, but will elaborate a bit more.  I was asked by Pastor Phil Schaefer of Christian Fellowship Church (4600 Christian Fellowship Road, Columbia Mo 65203) to preside at their congregation's celebration of Ash Wednesday at 12:15 pm to which I said yes. (After all, it is a wonderful ecumenical opportunity.)  All of us are invited to join them if you can be free at that time. And since I will have been out for that service and am somewhat restricted in movement by being on "Home Health",  I will lead an Ash Wednesday service for our community at our Prenger household (2611 Mallard Court) at 7 pm, which has been our usual time in past years.  Our readings are Joel 2: 1-2; 12-17, psalm 51 or psalm 103;  2  Corinthians 5: 20-6:2; and Matthew 6: 1-6; 16-21.

The readings for the first Sunday of Lent are Genesis 2: 15-17; 3: 1-7; psalm 32; Romans 5: 12-17 and Matthew 4: 1-11.  On the first Sunday of Lent it is a time honored tradition to focus on the Temptations of Christ--this year it is Matthew's account.  The first reading is the account of the fall of man and woman  The Romans account reflects that through one man (Adam)  we fell and now through one man (Jesus Christ) now we are saved.

Chapel Schedule 
No Eucharist on Tuesday or Thursday  (though several have been gathering to do a reading of the Scriptures of the day and receive reserved Sacrament. So I do encourage such )
No Wednesday 5 pm Evening Prayer, (deferring to either the 12:15 Ash Wednesday liturgy at Christian Fellowship or the gathering in the evening at 7 pm.


I believe that is all I have.  Have good beginning to Lent.  Much love,

- Fr. John, OFP


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