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

September 15-22, 2019

Love and Blessings to all!

As I write this issue of the Footnotes, I want to remind all of you that I send them out almost every week. You can count on it.  Which means that if you don't get it by Monday or Tuesday, find out why.  The reason I bring this up is that for some reason, my group email to you has been dropping individuals off and I haven't figured out why? So, if that happens to you, get in touch with me right away.  The FRIAR'S FOOTNOTES is my brief way to tell you what is going on at the chapel through the next week and to give an early brief reflection on the upcoming weekend scriptures.  Sometimes we have to change a time or a date or can't have one of our weekday Eucharists at the chapel and it is my way of letting you know.

One other thing you can do to get at the Friar's Footnotes is go to our website.  Remember that Fr. Chris Keough ofp publishes them almost right away on our website: or .  (Of course, in the summer there was the time that his email address got dropped and I didn't know it. Oh, well...what can you do?) the business at hand.

Our upcoming weekend scriptures are Amos 8: 4-12; psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2: 1-7 (8); and Luke 16: 1-12.

Briefly, the Amos reading is a strong call to do justice in all your commerce and business dealings.  God promises to deal severely with it if we do not, and it will lead to our thirst for the RELIABLE WORD OF THE LORD.  Reminds me of our search for the truth in this age of fake news.

First Timothy reminds us to pray for those in authority so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life.  Once again, it is a timely exhortation.

Luke 16 tells of the unjust steward who upon being fired (and while he has authority) bargains shrewdly so that others will receive him as he is "let go".  Jesus uses this story to encourage us to use this world's goods wisely so that on our day of reckoning it will go well with us.

Chapel Schedule
Tuesday and Thursday noon Eucharist (September 17 and 19)
Wednesday Evening Prayer at 5 pm (September 18)
---(September 21) Saturday 5 pm (Deacon's Mass), that is Weekend Scriptures, time of reflection and distribution of reserved Holy Communion. Brother Jim Jantz ofp will preside. (FYI, Sharon and I will be at Maranatha's last Parents Day at Truman State as she is a senior.)

Also NOTE WELL: it is the third Saturday, which means Fraternity Business Meeting.  Since the Service with fellowship time will probably not last as long as our Eucharist,  let's set the time for the meeting by means of GO TO MEETING at 7:30 pm)

Let us bless the Lord and give God thanks by our life!

- Fr. John, OFP


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