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

November 10-17, 2019

Love to all!  

Our Franciscan Fraternity celebrates something special this coming weekend--the final vows into the community of Bette Ham on Sunday November 17 at 3 pm at the chapel.  Our bishop will join us to represent the larger denominational family.  Let us lift her in prayer as she offers her life to the Lord under the patronage of St. Francis and Clare. Note that November 17 is also the 12th anniversary of the Enactment of the Order of Franciscan Penitents and is the feast of Secular Franciscan, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, patroness of all Third Order Franciscans.

Our Saturday weekend Eucharist has these lectionary readings: Malachi 3:16-4:2; psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; and Luke 20:45-21:4.  Malachi speaks of a book of remembrance written with our names in it and speaks of a day of judgement, "but for us who fear His Name, the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in its wings."  The Thessalonian text is a strong encouragement to not be a free loader, but be ready to work, 'never growing weary in doing good.'  Our gospel challenges the scribes in their religious observances for show and then exalts a widow who contributed a few cents to the Temple treasury. It seems to hold before us the idea of true scrificial giving.

Chapel Schedule this week
Tuesday and Thursday noon Eucharist (November 12 and 14)
Wednesday Evening Prayer at 5 pm (November 13)
Saturday Weekend Eucharist at 5 pm followed by the fraternity business meeting (November 16)
Sunday at 3pm Final Vows Eucharist for Bette Ham, followed by a fellowship meal (November 17)

Of note is this.  Joe Pallikkathayil (Kansas City man of Indian Background who visited our chapel about 6 weeks ago) is leading a prayer retreat from 8:30 till 5:30 on Saturday November 16.  I am hoping to be a part of it (till I have to leave for Saturday Eucharist).  Join me if so inclined.  It is at Broadway Christian Church.

Love and Blessings.  Be sure to lift Bette in prayer as she prepares her heart.

- Fr. John, OFP


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