"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 your to support our church.
GOOD NEWS FOR LIVE-STREAMING We have transitioned to YouTube for live-streaming of Masses/Services because it provides a clearer picture and clearer sound. New equipment has been purchased and installed and we encourage you to give it a try – go to the parish website (www.olpqva.org) for real time viewing and click on the YouTube arrow under “Live Steam Mass”. You will be taken to the YouTube site where you can “subscribe” to OLQP’s YouTube site and access saved video and future live streamed Masses/Services. Live- streaming continues to be available on the parish FaceBook page: (https://www.facebook.com/OLQPArlington/).
MATTHEW 25 -- NEW DONATION DROP-OFF CHANGES First, we would like to thank all our parishioners for your very generous donations to Matt 25. Beginning in May, we will begin to accept donations on the first and third Saturday of each month. Collection dates for May: Saturday, May 1, followed by Saturday, May 15, from 9-11am. We are only providing outdoor service so please bring donations to the far side (east side) of the Ministry Center building. Thank you for your continued support.
HAITI EASTER DRIVE The Haiti Easter Drive supports the work OLQP shares with our sister parish in Medor, Haiti. Donations to the Haiti Easter Drive help educate 3,000 students, k-13 grade, and support agro-forestry, sanitation and clean water programs in Medor. Learn more...
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) We welcome with great joy those who received the Sacraments of Initiation at a special Mass on Saturday, April 17. James Daley and Reina Velasquez were baptized and received First Eucharist and Confirmation. Molly Hill and Jenni Wallace were received into full communion with the Church and received First Eucharist and Confirmation. Baptized Catholics, Michael Cabrera and Eva Irwin received First Eucharist and Confirmation. Congratulations to all! We will continue to meet virtually via Zoom during the next several weeks. Thank you to all those who have offered prayers and support through the RCIA process, especially their Sponsors and Companions on the Journey. Please continue to pray for our neophytes as they enter more fully into the life of the Catholic community.
CRS RICE BOWL This weekend marks the official end of the Rice Bowl campaign. A heartfelt thank you to all who participated. Maybe as you journeyed and prayed through Lent, in some small way the challenges faced by our brothers and sisters around the world became more real. Because of your generosity, Catholic Relief Services will continue to assist people in 91 countries. 25% of the funds raised in our Diocese will remain to fund local programs that feed the hungry. Bowls can be placed in the basket at the church, checks for your donation should be made payable to OLQP (not CRS) with Rice Bowl on the memo line. Or you can give through Faith Direct.
DURING THIS SEASON OF RENEWAL, we are grateful for the recent legislation, the American Rescue Plan. It is a fresh start for repairing many holes in the fabric that have caused damage to our human community. As we note the continued increase in the numbers of households served by the OLQP Food Pantry and the food pantries throughout our Arlington community and our diocese, we applaud the legislation for addressing the priorities of hunger and poverty. In order for hunger to be ended for many and poverty greatly reduced, it is imperative that the temporary measures in the American Rescue Plan be made permanent. Ongoing and long -term support for families — for example, making the expanded child tax credit permanent — will go a long way to giving everyone a chance to feed their families. More information is available through Bread for the World, www.bread.org. Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY! This year marks the 51st Earth Day, and the 6th anniversary of Laudato Si. The themes of what began as a secular celebration have been adopted by many faith communities as we celebrate God’s creation, our common home, and the call to preserve and restore our common home. Our focus now is on April 22, but really every day should be Earth Day. This is a time for celebration, reflection, conversion, and a time for action; for fun and joy as we go on our Earth Day journey. It comes at the perfect time of year as we enjoy the bursting out of new life and all its promise. As believers, we have a special guide in the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si to lead us through the challenges and the opportunities.
By reflecting we can engage in an “ecological conversion”, one that calls for developing attitudes which foster a spirit of generous care and tenderness. It entails gratitude and a recognition that the Earth is God’s loving gift, and that we are called quietly to imitate God’s generosity in self-sacrifice and good works. It entails a loving awareness that we are not disconnected from the rest of creatures, but joined in a splendid universal communion. We do not look at the world from without but from within, conscious of the bonds with which God the Father has linked us to all beings. We are called to be aware of the human dignity of all and strive to protect that dignity in all creatures (adapted from Catholic Climate Covenant).
Here are some actions for honoring the Earth:
Mary Jo Johnson, Integrity of Creation Team Special Earth Day Speaker: Thursday, April 22, 7:30pm. “Biodiversity in Your Own Backyard” See Details and Zoom link in the flyer in today’s bulletin.
20TH ANNIVERSARY - ARLINGTON 9/11 MEMORIAL 5K Two of our parishioners, Jake and Aimee Ramsay, have been running the Pentagon 9/11 5K since they met, and Jake since its inception 20 years ago. This year they decided to register a team under the name, "Love Thy Neighbor" in hopes that others in the OLQP community might join them for the race on September 11, 2021. They chose "Love Thy Neighbor" for what each of us are called to do for humanity through acts of love, kindness and justice. If you think you might be interested in registering with their team, or to get more information, you can contact Jake and Aimee Ramsay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THEOLOGY UNCORKED (IVC) Retired seniors ages 50+ are invited to Theology Uncorked, an online happy hour taking place over Zoom on Thursday, April 29 at 6:30pm. A talk by local author Frank J. Butler (whose book Belonging: One Catholic’s Journey was recently published by Orbis) will serve as your appetizer before engaging in conversation with members of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (ivcusa.org), a service corps of retired adults making an impact throughout the DMV. Sponsoring parishes of this event include St. John Neumann (Reston), Our Lady of Good Counsel (Vienna), and Our Lady Queen of Peace (Arlington). Save the date! To RSVP, contact Susan Kral by April 26 at 703-402-8789 or email@example.com.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Finance & Operations role available at L’Arche Greater Washington DC -- We are a nonprofit and a community of people with and without intellectual disabilities, providing housing and support services to adults with intellectual disabilities. If you are passionate about stewardship of resources and experienced in business leadership, with a strong aptitude in finance and operation- please consider this role! The primary goal of the Director of Finance and Operations is to protect, facilitate, and expand the mission of L’Arche through leadership and systems that sustain L’Arche’s people and resources. Submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL The BLA is an opportunity to join together as one family in Christ to support ministries that serve the needy and vulnerable, educate and form our youth, encourage vocations, promote a culture of life and assist the priests and lay people who help build and strengthen our diocesan Church. Bishop Burbidge extends his sincere gratitude to those who have already donated to the BLA. With continued effects of the pandemic, there may be some families who are unable to participate in the BLA this year. But, if your circumstances allow, and you have not yet donated, Bishop Burbidge humbly requests your support. Please visit the diocesan website to learn how you can give: https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/bishops- lenten-appeal/ways-to-give/. Thank you and God bless you!
ONLINE GIVING/DONACIONES EN LÍNEA We rely on your weekly contributions to cover all parish expenses. With the heightened concern over the Covid-19 virus, many are choosing wisely to stay home. At the same time, if your circumstances allow, we ask that you continue to support the parish on a weekly basis by enrolling in online giving at Faithdirect.net or a bill-pay program so that we are assured of your support even when you cannot join us for Mass. The Faith Direct parish code is VA271. We thank you for your consideration.
Dependemos de sus contribuciones semanales para cubrir todos los gastos de la parroquia. Con la creciente preocupación por el virus Covid-19, muchos eligen sabiamente quedarse en casa. Al mismo tiempo, si sus circunstancias lo permiten, le pedimos que continúe apoyando a la parroquia semanalmente al inscribirse para hacer donaciones en línea a través de Faithdirect.net o de un programa de pago de facturas para que tengamos la seguridad de su apoyo incluso cuando no pueda unirse a nosotros para la Misa. El código parroquial de Faith Direct es VA271. Le agradecemos su consideración.
FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION For 2021-2022 NOW OPEN The registration form is on the parish website (olqpva.org >> our faith >> registration) or you can call the Faith Formation office to receive a copy by mail. We are registering for all 2021-2022 programs including first year sacramental programs (First Communion and Confirmation are now 2-year programs). New with the 2021-2022 school year a family book fee for Foundations of $20; one fee per family. Program/book fees are also in place for the sacramental programs. Fees can be paid on-line through Faith Direct (Faithdirect.net, parish code VA271, note “foundations”) or families can mail in a check with “foundations” on the memo line. Details on all the programs being offered for 2021-2022 school year are available on the parish website under “our faith” tab. Please contact Alex (email@example.com) or Sandra (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or call 703-979- 5580 to leave a message for a return call.
ECUMENICAL ADVOCACY DAYS CONFERENCE-VIRTUAL "Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored" - Join us for EAD 2021 to advocate for Climate Justice! EAD 2021 is an opportunity to support this global movement centered on and led by the people and communities most vulnerable to climate im- pacts due to historic racial and colonial inequities. Beginning Sunday, April 18 until Wednesday April 21.
FROM POLARIZATION TO PEACEMAKING OLQP recently offered two sessions on the challenge of politi- cal and cultural Polarization. Based on participant feedback, we are preparing a follow-up 3-part series -- “From Polarization to Peace-Making”. The series will be offered as Zoom sessions on three consecutive weeks in April during the Easter season. The series will begin with a session on Spirituality, then move to a Skills Workshop, and conclude with facilitated small group conversations based on a restorative circle process. The sessions will happen:
As you strive to deepen your faith in the Christ who is alive again, we invite you to join us in meeting and recognizing him in each other, both ally and other, as we all walk homeward together. To sign up and receive a Zoom link for any or all of these events, please RSVP at: https://forms.gle/ekewYyiyHrK9VSMj6. Email Lydia Cardona with any questions at Cardona.email@example.com.
PARISH OFFICE HAS MOVED FOR RENOVATION Continuing with the Capital Campaign, the Parish Office Building is scheduled to be renovated next. The main office has been moved to our new temporary location at 1915 S Edgewood St. If stairs are not an issue, please use back gated entrance next to rectory. Unfortunately, the temporary office is not completely accessible so please call before dropping by if this is an issue so we can find a way to accommodate you. We expect to be back in the regular office space shortly after the first of the new year. Through this month’s transition office operations will continue, but we ask that you contact us by phone and email rather than drop by. Please continue to use the regular parish mailing address to send mail: 2700 19th St S, Arlington VA 22204.
OLQP Weekly Moment
Join the parish community on Wednesday 11:48am to reflect on the topic of forgiveness. There is no time requirement for your reflection and no virtual meeting to join. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, please pause for your reflection knowing you are with others from the OLQP community.
Anyone wishing to add the OLQP moment to their calendar can email "OLQP Moment" to Patrick Julius at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the information in a calendar request. Please specify if you want the reminder in Spanish.
Our Lady Queen of Peace
2700 South 19th Street
Arlington, Virginia, 22204, USA
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm (closed on federal holidays)Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am, 2:00pm (Spanish)