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 17-24, 2017

Blessings and Love to all in the name of our Lord Jesus!

Our readings for the upcoming weekend liturgy are Jonah 3: 10-4: 11; psalm 145; Philippians 1: 15-18 and Matthew 20: 1-16. The first reading is the conclusion of the book of Jonah where Jonah is pouting because God is so much more generous than he would be.  He was reluctant to go to Nineveh and now God is more merciful than ever.  He can't take it. What does it say to us about mercy in our merciless age?

Our section of Philippians has Paul rejoicing even when the Gospel is not being proclaimed well. At least the WORD of salvation is going forth. I found myself thinking of what I consider false gospels--prosperity versions, or unsacramental versions, or uncharismatic versions, etc. Can we join St. Paul in rejoicing, even if we wouldn't proclaim the Gospel in that particular way.

The gospel is that of the workers in the vineyard.  The last one working gets the same generous wage as the first hired. This parable blows our concept of justice with a God that is so merciful and generous, we are aghast in how to respond.

EVENTS of the week at the chapel:

Tuesday and Thursday noon Eucharist (September 19 and 21)

Tuesday after the noon liturgy we will be viewing second part of the film THIS CHANGED EVERYTHING (Note that because by agreement we moved it, there will be no study on Thursday this week)

Wednesday evening prayer at 5 pm

Saturday Eucharist at 5 pm with fellowship following


Keep in mind and set aside blankets, coats, etc., for WARM UP COLUMBIA at the end of October.

Also, we did not have our business meeting last Saturday and because several vowed members will be gone this coming weekend,  we will not have an official business meeting this month..  Sheryl sent in a report that as of September 16 we had $2584 in the bank.  I am happy to report that because of two more donations over the weekend that we are now at $3877.  So bless the Lord who does provide for us.  Let's keep good stewardship over what our Lord gives us to work with.

That is all that occurs to me.  Have a blessed week in your area of mission for the Coming Kingdom! 

- Fr. John, OFP






2017 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle