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

May 21-28, 2017

Hello and Love of Our Risen Lord Jesus to all!!

This week we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus to the right hand of the Father on Thursday.  That Eucharist will be at noon as usual on May 25. Those scriptures are Acts 1: 1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1: 15-23; andLuke 24: 45-53.

Also, we will have usual noon Eucharist on Tuesday (May 23) and evening prayer at 5:30 pm on Wednesday (May24).

This weekend's readings are Acts 1:6-14; psalm 68; 1 Peter 4: 12-16; and John 17: 1-11.  NOTE WELL: THERE WILL BE NO LITURGY ON SATURDAY MAY 27.  My family will be celebrating with my extended family over the Memorial Day holidays.

Instead of my usual few words about the upcoming texts, I wish to comment on  the prayer and preparation that we are supposed to be doing.  The Ascension is the beginning of NOVENA (the nine days of prayer for a deeper coming of the Holy Spirit upon us at Pentecost).  This Pentecost (on June 3,4) will be special because Pope Francis has invited world church leaders to come to Rome seeking a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the whole CHURCH as the Body of Christ.  I hope we will join in that TARRYING/ WAITING/ HOPING for a powerful impartation for our/HIS Kingdom work. 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people, enkindle in us the fire of your love and WE (Holy Spirit and us) shall renew the face of the earth. There is much work to be done and it cannot be done without Spirit guidance and empowerment.  Therefore, we together beg for more and yet more of Jesus' imparted Paraclete.  COME HOLY SPIRIT!! MARANATHA!!

REMEMBER, No Liturgy this coming Saturday (May 27) and from Ascension Thursday on, let us join together seeking more Holy Spirit empowerment.

Love to all. 


- Fr. John, OFP






2017 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle