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


October 25-November 1, 2020

Hello to all!  Well, we are at the end of October and the culture has us thinking about Hallowe'en.  Please start your thinking also with the Church and your faith in Christ and realize that Hallowe'en is actually 'All Hallows' Eve'--Eve of All Saints, all the Holy Ones who have lived well and gone before us.  Unless you become an outstanding Christian, it is YOUR feast day and the feast of all those loved ones who brought you along into living your faith-life well.  My recommendation--Christianize these days.  In a sense, they already are.  And, don't focus on evil, overcome evil with good. After all, we belong to HIS Kingdom of righteousness, and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  (Besides, beginning next week all the Christmas stuff will be up well before Advent.)

Well, this weekend preempts ordinary time, so our readings are from All Saint's Day: Revelation 7: 9-17; Psalm 34; Ephesians 1: 15-23 and Matthew 5: 1-12.  The Revelation account is like looking in on the big group picture of the gathering of all the saints.  Make sure that you get into that picture!  We don't want to be left out.

The Ephesians reading is an encouraging prayer by St. Paul that God will give us the wisdom, revelation, knowledge and understanding of what God has for us who believe.  We have the inheritance of the Saints.  We are His Church, His Body.

And the gospel is of the Beatitudes, which give us the mindset and attitude that are to be ours if we are to step into the holiness of life that means we actually are saints--actually are citizens of THE KINGDOM here and now and will make a difference in our world.

Chapel Schedule this week
Tuesday and Thursday noon Eucharist (October 27 and 29)
Saturday Eucharist at 5 pm (October 31).  Join us with mask wearing and physical distancing or join us on Facebook or Zoom.

"Let us never forget that if we wish to die like the Saints we must live like them"   St Theodore Guerin--Canonized in 2006

Let us pray hard for our country and and a restored spirit of dialogue and mercy.  Let us also ask for deep discernment of Spirit and then plan to VOTE.  

That's all I have.  Blessings to all!

- Fr. John, OFP


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2020 Diocesan Prayer Cycle