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

October 14-21, 2018

Love and blessings to all!!

As I begin this, I hope you will join me in celebrating with the greater Church which recognized a hero of mine as a canonized saint on Sunday October 14. It is none other than St. Archbishop Oscar Romero.  I followed him and his fearless defense of the poor of San Salvador through the late 1970's, was horrified as he was martyred on March 24, 1980 and now praise God all the more for his witness/martyrdom. Under his patronage, may we pray and work for justice for the oppressed throughout the world.

Our scriptures for the upcoming weekend are Isaiah 53: 4-12; psalm 91; Hebrews 5: 1-10 and Mark 10: 35-45.  The Isaiah reading is one of the Suffering Servant sections.  We Christians read this text as prophesying the suffering that God's Servant Jesus endured for us. The Hebrews account refers to Jesus' appointment as The True and Eternal High Priest. The gospel begins with James and John asking for a special place when Jesus comes into His Kingdom. It irritates the other disciples and Jesus uses it to teach them (us, also) that true greatness is predicated on SERVANT LEADERSHIP.

Chapel Schedule
Tuesday and Thursday noon Eucharist (October 16 and 18)
Wednesday Evening Prayer at 5 pm (October 17)
Saturday Eucharist at 5 pm (October 20)--Fraternity business meeting after fellowship

NOW IS THE TIME to be setting aside extra coats, hats, gloves, scarves for WARM UP COLUMBIA.  Bring them to chapel any time till the end of October.  They get distributed the first weekend of November by Voluntary Action Center.

Enjoy blessings as you make every effort to follow Jesus' example as the ONE WHO SERVES.

I'll see many of you on the weekend.


- Fr. John, OFP








2018 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle