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

March 26 - April 2, 2017

Blessings and Love to all!

Can you believe that we are already approaching the fifth weekend of Lent?  Our coming scriptures are Ezekiel 37: 1-14; psalm 130; Romans 8: 8-11 and John 11: (1-17) 18-27 (28-44).
These particular scriptures begin to orient us to why Jesus came--for our reconciliation and resurrection.  The Ezekiel passage is that story of the dry bones on the desert floor and "can they live?" Only God knows! And then just as at Creation, God breathes and life comes!

The gospel is the account of the resurrection of Lazarus.  Jesus is THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE!  One of the reasons we consider the Resurrection in the middle of Lent is that our lenten observances are for a reason--to lead us and prepare us for being breathed into with LIFE ETERNAL--life that lasts.  If we are "in Christ" we never die.

Romans 8 tells us that if the Spirit of Christ dwells in us, that same Spirit that raised Christ from death will give life to our mortal bodies. (Another promissory note just like the Ezekiel passage. And we are drawn on by those promises.)

Well lots have happened since I last penned to you. First, for me, on this past Wednesday, March 22, I had one very bad bike accident: 2 broken ribs, a very serious hematoma on my right knee and several abrasions.  So please pray for me.  The community, gathered at last Saturday Eucharist, laid hands on me, anointed me and prayed.

This week, fortunate for me. is light because all of our schools are on spring break.

We will have noon Eucharist on Tuesday and Thursday.  (Those coming then will get the lowdown on my aches and pains.)

Also, Wednesday evening prayer at 5:30 as usual.

Reminder that any of you who want to join in the ForColumbia effort of the Churches volunteering on all or part of April 28 evening and April 29, need to register online and
 soon (sometime this week I think) to be included for a free tee shirt.  Anyway, I hope several of you will join me on that weekend when THE Body of Christ (in over 48 area churches) will serve our city.

This coming weekend is WHEN WE EAT, THEY EAT.  So bring something for the Columbia Food Pantry and something to share as we do our fellowship meal after the Eucharist on Saturday.

Fr Elias Eniade and the folks from The New Evangelical Anglican church (who meet in our chapel on Sunday mornings) at our invitation will join us for Holy Thursday and Good Friday services. (7 pm  April 13 and 14 respectively).  We are honored to bring our communities together for these Holy Week occasions.  They will do their Easter Liturgy on Sunday and we will do ours on Holy Saturday at 7 pm with our fellowship meal together beginning at 5 pm

I think that about does it. Love to all in the name of the Lord. 

- Fr. John, OFP






2017 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle