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 16-23, 2021

Hello to all,

As I write this, no matter where you may be on the political spectrum, we are about to inaugurate a new president.  Let us PRAY for our country and the world, that he and our congress will do their part in leading our world in the ways of the Kingdom of God.  May forgiveness, peace, and justice reign.

The other thing to highlight is that this is the week of the March for Life in Washington, DC.  It has been consistently the largest, constant, peaceful demonstration in our nation's history.  Our CEC for Life has constantly been a part of this faith-filled witness. Given the upheaval in our country, let us pray that this witness for life will have an impact leading to a CONSISTENT LIFE ETHIC that is so needed.  Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

The scriptures for our upcoming weekend are Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; Psalm 62; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31, and Mark 1: 14-20.  The readings are terce and have to do with God calling and then sending messengers.  Jonah is sent to Nineveh for their conversion.  1 Corinthians reminds us to live in such a way we are aware that 'the world as we know it is passing away'.  Mark tells us of Jesus' announcement of the fulfillment of time because the Kingdom is at hand.  It tells of Jesus enlisting disciples who will follow Him and announce that Kingdom.  Let's bring that Call of Jesus to today.  Fellow disciples of Jesus, let's ask ourselves.  Where are we with our call to announce His Kingdom and live so that our very lives are demonstrating the mercy, peace, love, and true justice of that Kingdom?

Chapel Schedule for the week
Noon Eucharist on Tuesday and Thursday (January 19 and 21)
Saturday Eucharist at 5 pm, which is also available on Facebook and Zoom

SAYINGS OF THE SAINTS:  "What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.  It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, what you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.  Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything."  --from the Servant of God, Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ, The minister general of the Society of Jesus at the time of the Vatican Council II.  (Press on to lay ahold of that for which Christ has laid ahold of you--Philippians 3: 12)

That is all for now.  

Sincere love to all.

- Fr. John, OFP


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