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


August 2-9, 2020

God's abundant blessings to all!

Our coming weekend scriptures are Jonah 2: 1-9; Psalm 29; Romans 6a-11; Matthew 14: 22-33.  The first reading is the prayer of praise on the lips of Jonah after his rebellious heading away from preaching salvation to the Ninevites.  (Why not read the whole 4 chapters of Jonah for the wonderful context.)  The second reading continues in the chapters 9 through 11, in which St. Paul appeals for salvation for his own Jewish people.  This is the well-known section that reminds us that if we confess with our mouths the Lord Jesus and believe with our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved.  And the gospel is that part of Matthew that has Jesus walking on stormy waters and inviting Peter to step out of the safety of the boat in faith.

Notice how many times I used words like 'salvation' and 'safety'.  These readings comfort us as we are in challenging and perilous times.  Jonah was INSIDE the whale as he praised God.  Paul was calling for his own Jewish brethren to see that Jesus is indeed THE Messiah they had been waiting for.  And we are being asked to step forth in faith trusting our Lord in our day to day living in these uncertain times.  Very pertinent scriptures!

Chapel happenings:
  Tuesday and Thursday noon Eucharist on August 4 and 6.
  First Friday Fraternity Fellowship over Go To Meeting at 7 pm on August 7
  Saturday 5 pm weekend Eucharist on August 8

Keep Shannon in thought and prayer.  Her surgery is August 6.  Again we hold Bev and James in prayer for their health issues and we pray for all who have to face issues related to Covid 19.

- Fr. John, OFP


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2020 Diocesan Prayer Cycle