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


April 18-25, 2021

Easter Love and blessings to all,
Well, we are pretty much in the middle of the Easter Season.  We are approaching what is traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday because the gospel is about Jesus as our Good Shepherd.  The readings are Acts 4: 5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3: 16-24; and John 10: 11-18.  The section of Acts is about the disciples being called before the Sanhedrin (just like Jesus) and having to defend their actions.  Peter tells them that there is no other name given by which we are saved, only the name of Jesus.

The second reading continues in the first letter of John.  God is love and if we abide in love, we abide in God and God in us. This section is just beautiful as it calls us to love each other because we are God's children. 

As I indicated above the gospel presents Jesus as our reliable Good Shepherd, who has laid down His life for us and will defend and guide us always.

Chapel Schedule for the week

Tuesday and Thursday noon Eucharist (April 20 and 22)
Saturday Eucharist at 5 pm, also broadcast on Facebook from our website: franciscancec.org .  Remember, you can even access it if you don't have a Facebook account.

Two calendar items:
On May 22nd at our 5 pm Eucharist (the feast of Pentecost), Shannon Swoboda will be formally accepted as a postulant in the Order of Franciscan Penitents. And with delegation from Bishop Davidson, I will be confirming my daughter, Chiara, on that occasion also. Please keep both of them in prayer this Easter Season.
The other is to keep before you the date: June 5.  That is the date of ForColumbia, the occasion each year when va riouschurch members offer their services to help better Columbia.

Please lift in prayer our bishop's wife, Cathie Davidson, who has received a diagnosis of breast cancer.

From St. Teresa of Avila: "Let nothing disturb you.  Let nothing affright you.  All things are passing.  God alone remains."
and from St. Teresa de los Andes: "I am God's.  He created me and is my beginning and end. If I am to become entirely His, I must do His will....From now on I put myself in your divine hands: do with me as Your will."

I hope this week is a blessing to you.  Keep your eyes on the prize, life on high in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Much love,

Fr. John, OFP


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