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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.
Black History Month February 2024
Read Bishop's Report on the Arlington Diocese Synod results summary…
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Evening and weekend activities (except scheduled Masses): OLQP follows the decision of Arlington Public Schools for cancellation of evening and weekend activities. Those traveling outside the local school district should use their best judgment. For the most up-to-date information for Arlington Public Schools, please call 1-866-322-4277 or visit School Status Alerts - Arlington Public Schools (apsva.us)
Parish Office Staff and Weekday Activities, 8:30am-4:30pm: Office and weekday activities follow the decision of the Federal Government. Tune in to your local radio and tv stations for updated information or visit www.opm.gov/ policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/
Scheduled Masses: The decision to cancel Masses within the Diocese of Arlington is made by Bishop Burbidge and broadcast on local radio and tv stations.
To the extent it is possible, notice will be placed on the parish website www.ourladyqueenofpeace.org and parish calendar http://calendar.olqpva.org/. Use your best judgment when traveling outside the immediate area.
2024 BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL (BLA) BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW This weekend each household is asked to make a BLA pledge or gift. This appeal provides an opportunity to unite as a Catholic family to support programs, ministries and services helping tens of thousands of people. After reflecting upon God’s blessings to you, please consider a pledge to the BLA. Each donation is vital to the success of the appeal and the important work that it funds. You may complete a pledge card at Mass, mail in your pledge, go online to www.arlingtondiocese.org/BLA.
SAVE THE DATE: Confirmation Lasagna Dinner, March 16th
Dinner will include salad, lasagna, rolls, and dessert. Proceeds will go towards school supplies and water treatment buckets for our sister parish community at St. Joseph’s in Medor, Haiti. We’re also looking for Lasagna dinner variety show entertainment. Please contact Rebecca, Youth Ministry Director if interested in performing: email@example.com.
MATTHEW 25 is asking that you please review your outerwear and donate any gently used or new items, especially jackets. Donations are accepted Saturday – Thursday from 9am to 12noon. We do not accept donations on Fridays. Thank you.
AS THE WINTER FLU, RSV AND COVID CASES RISE all around us, please take care to follow the latest CDC guidelines regarding these illnesses aware that for those who may be immunocompromised or have other health issues, these airborne illnesses can be life threatening. If you are sick please remember that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is lifted. We continue to offer masks near the main entrance to the church. We also recognize that not everyone who coughs or sneezes has a cold or is contagious with an illness, but may suffer from asthma, COPD and or other chronic condition. Thank you for your caution and for your care of our sisters and brothers.
DO YOU HAVE A RICE BOWL ON YOUR TABLE? It’s not too late. This week we learn about farmers in Uganda and how the rain has been coming later and is more inconsistent, sometimes causing flooding and ruining the crops. CRS helps Adolf and Florence learn new farming techniques to adapt. Look up Uganda on the map. Rice Bowls help us realize that hunger is global and local. 25% of funds raised stay in our Diocese. Thank you for sharing the journey.
SUNG STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Come refresh your soul during Lent with the Sung Stations of the Cross. In the musical style of Taize, these unique stations invite you to pray along with thoughtful reflections on the Via Crucis and join in a meditative refrain. The Sung Stations will be offered on three Wednesdays -- Feb. 21, March 6, and March 20 -- at 7 pm in the church and live streamed at YouTube and FaceBook page . Reconciliation will be offered from 6:30-8 pm. For more information, contact Monica Perz-Waddington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a link to an article that was written in 2018: https://www.catholicherald.com/news/arts/sung_stations_of_the_cross_at_our_lady,_queen_of_peace/
COMMITMENT TO SERVICE Jesus rose from supper and took off his outer garments…Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel from around his waist….Then he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” -- John 13
During the upcoming season of Lent, commit to following Jesus’ example of service. Please take a purple Commitment to Service card from the back of church and reflect on how you plan to serve. Keep your card in a place where you will be reminded daily and then bring it back on Holy Thursday (March 28) as your offertory gift.
MATTHEW 25 — Our Faith Formation program and Matthew 25 share space once a month. In preparation, we will not be accepting donations from Wednesday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2. We will begin accepting donations again on Sunday, March 3. Please save your donations until after the preparation period. Thank you.
YOUR CHANCE TO HELP REFUGEE FAMILIES...Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services seeks your help to secure desperately needed household goods for our new arrivals. Donations directly benefit refugees settling inside our Diocese by outfitting their apartments with basic household necessities. Using our Amazon Gift Registry (https://a.co/3CwyIQ9), linens, kitchen, bedding, or other household items can easily be purchased, as well as additionally collecting these goods at your parish through a donation drive. For more information on how to set up a donation drive, please contact Lourdes Iglesias at 703.719.8971 or email@example.com.
WANT TO GIVE TO OUR COMMUNITY DURING LENT? This Lenten season the OLQP Knitters are making a renewed commitment to knit or crochet either a baby blanket or scarf, maybe one or hopefully more. In addition, this year we are inviting all parishioners, your friends and neighbors to also knit or crochet. All of our items support several church ministries. Knitting can be a contemplative experience when done in silence or relaxing while traveling or watching TV. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? Not a problem, we’ll teach you basic stitches to get you started and we have some supplies. Do you have something you started but don’t know how to finish? Concerned it won’t look beautiful or finished? The important thing is, it will keep a child or adult warm and surrounded by your care and effort. We will host a daytime learning session over one weekend soon if there is interest. Email Marilena at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to knit or crochet on your own? Here are the dimensions we need: adult scarf - 6-8” wide; 55- 58” long; adult hat - use your head as a guide; baby blanket should be 24”x 36” more or less; toddler blanket - a bit larger; child scarf - use your own judgment since the kids come in all
sizes; child hat - plan for a 6 month old. When you finish, please drop them off in the large OLQP Knitters bin in the foyer of Fr Ray Hall. If you are interested in doing this regularly email Marilena.
LAMENT OF RACIAL JUSTICE
Pause and praise in OLQP Minkisi’s annual “Lament of Racial Justice,” a virtual gospel music prayer service using the Stations of the Cross icons from our church walls, Monday, March 4, 6:45-9:00 pm. Questions to Cecilia Braveboy, email@example.com and tech, Julia Rocchi, firstname.lastname@example.org. See details in the required Eventbrite registration by Fri., March 1: https://bit.ly/Minkisi04March2024.
NEWS FROM MEDOR: Many of us who grew up in the United States were blessed to receive excellent educations from well-funded schools. Investing in teachers and schools for our brothers and sisters in Haiti gives them the opportunity to realize the same growth througheducation that many of us have been fortunate enough to experience, developing both academic skills and learning lessons in responsibility, patience, collaboration, communication, and community. Thank you for your continuous support of the over 3,200 Medor children who now know to read, write, grow food, use arithmetic for budgets and plans, and overall, to work together. Thank you for supporting their growth, discovery, community building, and businesses. This week consider how your education has helped you shape the world. Consider learning more about, and supporting, education in Medor, Haiti.
STONE SOUP SUPPER SERIES — The annual series will continue Friday, March 1, with 6 p.m. daily mass followed by a modest meal with a speaker beginning promptly at 7 p.m. Our speaker will be Marie Dennis past president of Pax Christi International and OLQP parishioner. She will talk about fasting. If you need a refresher or just want to hear a different take on what Lent has to offer, come join us for a wonderful evening. We will have the series this year in Father Ray Hall.
ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE: Over the years, the saying “FOLLOW THE MONEY” was used to describe various issues, some of which had negative connotations. Advocates for justice in Virginia are advised now to be attentive to budgetary issues in the Virginia General Assembly. Last December, the Governor’s biennial budget was made public. Last weekend, the State Senate and the State House of Delegates announced their budgets, each chamber having prepared their own version of the 2025-2026 budget. Justice advocates are studying the documents as are elected Members of both chambers and of course, the Governoris scrutinizing the numbers. There is a saying that now, the sausage-making begins. Many of the recently passed bills had little to no budget implications. But there were many bills that did and those will continue to be under consideration and dependent on the negotiations that have begun on the budget. Ultimately, there must be a negotiated budget that is adoptable by the General Assembly by June 30. We will be helped in our efforts to follow the money by The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis. Check out their analysis at www.thecommonwealthinstitute.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)