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"I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me..." Matthew 25:35
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church is dedicated to witnessing the teachings of Jesus Christ, especially the Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 25:31-46.
Our parish offers a wide range of ministry opportunities. Whether you'd like to learn more, pray more, or serve more, we have a ministry for you.
Making an offering of our financial resources is an integral part of what it means to be a Christian. We have a variety ways to make it easy for you to support our church.
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Following our inclement weather policy all activities are canceled and the offices and buildings are closed at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish today, Saturday, September 23, this excludes confessions at 4:45 and the 530 5:30pm Vigil Mass.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) Seeking a spiritual home? The RCIA is a gradual process of formation for those seeking a deeper relationship with God and a better understanding of the Catholic faith. Whether you are just beginning your faith journey, are already baptized in another Christian tradition and want to explore Catholicism, or are seeking sacramental preparation, RCIA is the pathway. The journey begins with a "no-strings" inquiry session on Thursday, October 5, at 7 pm in Founders Room. Join us! For further information, contact Kevin and Alice Curtin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-461-3082. Contact Cecilia Lopez Oetgen, email@example.com, for classes in Spanish.
CELEBRATING A GOLDEN OR SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR? Were you married in 1973 or 1998? Then join Bishop Michael F. Burbidge for the 2023 Mass for Jubilarians to be celebrated on Sunday, October 15th at 3pm at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington, VA. Contact Jeannette in the parish office by October 2, 2023 to register (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more info, visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/MJM.
SPECIAL KIDS // SPECIAL NEEDS – 2nd Collection October 1
Porto Charities is a non-profit organization formed by Arlington Diocese families who wanted to help their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive a Catholic education in our parish schools. In his recently released 5 - Year Strategic Plan, Bishop Burbidge prioritized making a Catholic education available to ALL. Equally important is the work Porto Charities does to identify employment opportunities for our young people with disabilities, especially, within our own Diocese, parishes, and schools. Like all parishes, ours is home to families with children who have been diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. All donations to Porto Charities stay in the diocese. You can learn more about Porto Charities here: www.portocharities.org.To contribute directly use the QR code or this link: https://www.paypal.com/donate/? hosted_button_id=5K564DN3NARU2 .
OLQP HARVEST FESTIVAL - All are welcome to this free, fun, family-friendly event on Saturday, September 30 from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM in the back parking lot.
BISHOP O'CONNELL HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE - SUNDAY, OCT. 1, 1-3 PM We invited families to learn more about the Catholic high school experience. Find out how the school’s Catholic mission is integrated across the curriculum, visit science and engineering labs, meet teachers, administrators and coaches, and chat with current students. For more information, visit www.bishopoconnell.org or 703-237- 1433. Bishop O'Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Road in Arlington.
YOUTH MINISTRY has been busy this summer! Please go to the Youth Ministry Page on the website to check out the Young Disciples Work Camp, Catholic Heart Work Camp, and the World Youth Day 2023 Pilgrimage videos. And thank you again for your continued spiritual and financial support.
PRISM YOUTH MINISTRY PRISM Youth Ministry registration now open, join us! We celebrate being a community of young disciples, grades 7-12, growing together through faith, fellowship, and fun. This is especially needed as we struggle with the stuff that “friends” and social media tell us we should be or believe in. Bring your troubles, doubts, curiosity & joy to Prism! Click here for link.
CELEBRATE THE SEASON OF CREATION AND HUNGER ACTION MONTH by checking out Isidore's Garden, our parish community garden located on our OLQP campus, where we grow fresh vegetables for our OLQP Food Pantry, along with some pollinator-friendly and native plants. Among the flowers, look for pollinators - bumblebees, butterflies, and other insects. It is thanks to pollinators that we have many of the flowers and dietary staples that we enjoy, like squash and blueberries. All are welcome to join us on Saturday mornings from 8 - 10am and/or Tuesday evenings from 5:30 - 7pm to help in the garden. No experience is required. Weather permitting. Bring your water bottle if you wish and the tools will be provided. No need to sign-up. Email Julene at email@example.com with any questions.
MATTHEW 25 FALL/WINTER Clothing Call – we’re turning the store over this week. Please begin to bring in your fall/winter items. Thank you for your continued support.
CONGRATULATIONS FATHER JOE Pax Christi USA’s 2023 Teacher of Peace!! “‘Teacher of peace’ is an apt description of Fr. Joe. His life has been lived in mission and service and he has taught first by example and then by words about what justice with peace means.” Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., Bishop-President of Pax Christi USA. Mark your calendars and plan to join us in celebration Friday, September 29, for a Prayer Service and Award Ceremony beginning at 6pm in the church, followed by a reception in Fr. Ray Hall. Please help us to get a sense of how many people might attend by submitting an RSVP to this link:Join us for Pax Christi USA's Teacher of Peace ceremony, Sept. 29 .
ED TALKS ARE COMING – This year’s theme is Walking with the Other. On Friday, October 6, at 7pm Ralph McCloud, Director of the Campaign for Human Development at the USCCB, will be our guest speaker. He will give a talk on the Signs of the Times. Please join us for an interesting discussion. All talks will be held in the Founders Room in the Ministry Center from 7-9pm. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Sally Diaz-Wells: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLQP LECTOR MINISTRY – Call for Volunteers The Bishop’s Committee on the Liturgy explains that “in proclaiming the word of God, lectors exercise their responsibility in the liturgical celebration. God speaks to the faithful through them, and the effectiveness of their proclamation of God’s word depends significantly on their conviction, preparation and delivery.” Lectors are given training at the parish. While they are not required to be eloquent speakers, the very nature of this ministry calls forward those who can speak/read effectively in public and who are willing to commit themselves to careful preparation. Lectors are scheduled to read approximately once a month. Please contact Beth Koprowski email@example.com or 202-360-8604 if you are interested to become an OLQP Lector.
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHCs) support the parish by distributing the Sacred Body at the Liturgy and to our homebound, ill and hospitalized parishioners. EMHCs are mandated by the Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington for a term of five-years through participation in a required Diocesan training; OLQP in-house training is also offered. Typically, ministers are scheduled once or twice a month to serve at Mass. Though full participation in this ministry comes only by way of the Bishop's mandate, interested people may also begin with visits to the homebound offering company and reading material. Please contact Keren Charles, firstname.lastname@example.org, for interest in becoming an EMHC, or Kay Sempel, email@example.com for interest in the Visitation Ministry.
NEWS FROM MEDOR: The six schools in St. Joseph of Medor parish employ a total of 130 staff, including principals, directors, teachers, cooks, and housekeepers. The school staff benefits from their wages as well as the knowledge they are working to improve lives in their community. Madame Jonel Joseph, principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help chapel school, said, “I contribute so that the children receive very good educational training. This enables them to become good citizens. My main goals are that the students continue to receive excellent training to expand their minds, that they continue to receive school materials which help them to work better, and that they continue to receive their school lunch, which helps them stay healthy.” Thank you to the staff at the Medor schools. We are grateful for your dedication and expertise!
EXERT YOUR CIVIC MUSCLE Each of us has a voice! Our vote is our voice! Faithful Citizenship requires us to use our voice in the public square. Every small act carries within it the potential for a major transformation. As Catholic Christians we pray and ACT for a moral economy that promotes and protects the whole human community. Our vote this year will result in a new state General Assembly as all 140 seats are up for election. Locally, we will elect school board and other local officials. All of these will impact our daily lives. VOTE! -- It is YOUR voice! In Virginia, THE POLLS ARE OPEN NOW! Note these critical dates:
L’ARCHE’S ‘GATHER OUR GIFTS FRIENDRAISER & FUNDRAISER’! Come connect with friends old and new Saturday, September 30, 3-5pm at the Mater Center at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (9101 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD). Bring the whole family and invite your friends! Everyone is welcome.
RSVP encouraged: Gather Our Gifts - L'Arche Greater Washington, DC (larche-gwdc.org)!
Our Lady Queen of Peace
2700 South 19th Street
Arlington, Virginia, 22204, USA
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed on federal holidays)Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: Vigil Mass at 5:30 pm
Sunday: 8 am, 9:30 am, 11:15 am, 1 pm (Spanish),
6 pm (young adult)