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

****Please pray for Br. Jim Janz, OFP and his family. Jim informed us today that his father passed away today (Feb 11). Details about funeral plans will be shared here as they become available.****

February 16-23, 2020

Greetings to all

Reminder that our calendar diverges with some of the other liturgical calendars as we approach Lent which begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26. I will give our weekend scriptures and then have something to say about our observance of Ash Wednesday this year.

Our scriptures are Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 33 or 99, Second Peter 1: 16-21, Matthew 17: 1-9.  Our calendar joins most of the Protestant liturgical calendars and emphasizes the Transfiguration just before Lent.   (Roman Catholics always reflect on the Transfiguration on the second Sunday of Lent)   Our Exodus reading plays on the similar "glowing with God" theme as the gospel does as it tells of the mountain, the glory of God and Moses coming out of the cloud just shining.  The Second Peter reading has St. Peter witnessing to the Church that 'I was there' and I experienced the Lord's transfiguration on the mountain and heard the words "This is my Son, my Beloved".  So, he reasons, hang on this truth till the Day of His Second Coming dawns.

Now let me tell you about a wonderful opportunity.  Rev. Phil Schaefer, pastor of Christian Fellowship asked the other day if I would preside at an ASH WEDNESDAY celebration for their Christian assembly because their folks have been asking to receive ashes as so many other Christians do.  They want to do it mid-day so that they may let their ashes demonstrate the beginning of Lent.  I said yes.  So, probably at noon, we are welcome at that service on Wednesday February 26.  Then at our community's usual time,(7 pm) I will impose ashes (at our house, 2611 Mallard Court, Columbia) in a simple ceremony.  I do know that several of you in the past because of work could only receive ashes at the end of the work day. I do celebrate that so many churches of every kind want to join the Liturgical Christians in WITNESSING to the beginning of this season of Lent, really witnessing the importance of lenten preparation for a fuller celebration of Easter.

REMINDER: while I am relatively house bound because of needing home health nurses, I will not be able to preside at our usual noon Eucharists on Tuesday and Thursday.

Blessings to all.

- Fr. John, OFP


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