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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.
MASS REOPENING: Dear Parishioners, we are preparing to return to full church capacity for Masses. For the weekend of May 29 & 30, we will maintain our current Mass schedule, Saturday Vigil 4:00pm, Sunday 10:00am and Sunday 2:00pm Spanish Mass. And there will be no need to sign up for Mass any longer. We will no longer be social distancing and so we can have a full church! Those attendees who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear a mask unless they desire to out of caution. Those who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue to wear a mask. The Holy water fonts will be full again, the entrance procession and exit procession with return along with the Offertory procession of the gifts. The sign of peace is not to be shared physically between non-family members. We will continue to live-stream at least one Mass in English and one in Spanish. We plan to return to our pre-pandemic Mass schedule the weekend of June 5 & 6; Saturday Vigil, 5:30pm, Sunday 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:15am, 1:00pm Spanish and the 6:00pm Young Adult Mass. Please note that for the time being the dispensation from the obligation of attending Sunday and Holyday Masses remains in place. And for the time being we will continue to refrain from communal reception of the Blood of Christ.
OUR FOOD PANTRY'S YEAR OF GRATITUDE: From the early days of COVID-19 when the decision was made to keep the Food Pantry open to undergoing a massive and rapid ramp up in order to meet the increasing client demand, OLQP's Food Pantry has had an extraordinary year in every sense of the word. Please check out Fr. Tim's letter sharing the one-year update of OLQP's food pantry operations. As you will see, it is a story of compassion, generosity and community coming together to provide for our sisters and brothers in this most remarkable of years. The number of families we serve each week has nearly tripled this past year, and it is ONLY because of your amazing generosity that we have been able to meet this massive need. THANK YOU! As Fr. Tim has often said, "This is what hope looks like in a crisis." Amen!
WORLD REFUGEE DAY IS JUNE 20TH World Refugee Day honors the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support of the refugees, people who have had to flee their homelands be- cause of conflict or natural disaster. For more information go to UNHCR.ORG and also see today’s bulletin back page.
OLQP ANNUAL BACKPACK & SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE OLQP Religious Education Families are collecting new back- packs and school supplies for parish and local children, kindergarten through high school. Please consider supporting our kids. We can really use your help and are still in need of the following items:
REUSE THOSE GROCERY BAGS! We are in real need of brown paper bags with handles. These help Food Pantry volunteers package our food and it give the bags a second life before recycling. Thank you for working to reduce waste and to help the Food Pan- try. Please drop them off during office hours from 10am until 2pm in the food collection bins behind Father Ray Hall or bring them to Mass on Sunday and leave them at the back of church.
CALLING ALL RISING 7TH, 8TH, AND 9TH GRADERS! We’re calling you if you are interested in the OLQP Young Disciples Work Camp, August 2nd - 6th on the OLQP campus. We will be partnering with Phoenix bikes again to recycle and repair bikes for the Shirlington Employment and Education Center (SEEC). Space is limited, so if you’re interested, please contact Youth and Young Adult Minister Rebecca Grant Jenkins, email@example.com. If you previously expressed interest, please also confirm your participation for that week. Get those service hours in!
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 Cecilia Lopez Oetgen (Clopez@olqpva.org) or Sandra (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or call 703-979- 5580 to leave a message for a return call.
ECO-TIP ON COMPOSTING: Food scraps and food waste make up about 30% of what we throw away, so consider composting instead. This keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. For tips on how to compost and the many benefits, see www.epa.gov/recycle/composting-home.
JEFFCORRY,OLQP’SCHOIRDIRECTORfor 8am Mass on Sunday mornings, has been hospitalized since December 2020 with the Corona Virus. He was just released this past weekend – hallelujah!!! -- but faces a long period of rehabilitation and expenses after nearly seven months of hospitalization. His home parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alexandria, is accepting donations on Jeff’s behalf. If you would like to help, please send your donation in care of his mother Blanche. (St. Joseph Catholic Church, Attn: Blanche Corry, 711 N Columbus St., Alexandria VA 22314) Thank you!
MASS FOR MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITIES All are invited to celebrate our unity through diversity at the annual Mass and Celebration for Multicultural Communities at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, on Friday, June 25. Mass will begin at 7pm. Arrive early! Following the Mass there will be a simple reception in the Church hall. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Ministries, Diocese of Arlington.
ARISE! A Diocesan Family Celebration Please join Bishop Burbidge as we gather as a diocesan fam- ily in thanksgiving to God for guiding us through the COVID- 19 pandemic and bringing us to a point where restrictions could be lifted. The celebration will take place on Saturday, June 26 at St. Paul VI Catholic School, 42341 Braddock Road, Chantilly.
- 3:30 p.m. - Holy Hour
- 4:30 p.m. - Mass (will fulfill your Sunday obligation)
- 6:00 p.m. - Diocesan festival with games, free Chick-fil-a, family fun, bounce house, musicians and even an illusionist! Please RSVP!
RSVPs are needed for planning purposes and as capacity is limited. Please sign-up here.
MATTHEW 25—The Matthew 25 clothing store will be operating from inside the store beginning Wednesday, June 9, 2021. We want to thank all of the volunteers and donation patrons who graciously made the back patio work during the worst of the pandemic. Hours of operation will change, but donation dates and times have not changed. We will be open from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and will accept donations the first and third Saturday of the month unless a holiday interferes.
OLQP FIRST COMMUNION CLASS SUPPORTS MEDOR! In preparation for their First Communion, the Communion Class at OLQP studied the Works of Mercy. When discussing “Give drink to the thirsty” the children learned about the clean water program in Medor: there is no running water; children walk to streams to collect their family’s daily water supply; all streams there are contaminated with harmful bacteria that can be deadly. Members of OLQP’s First Communion Class did service projects based on the Works of Mercy. Some of the class chose projects that support the clean water program in Medor and raised $309. They also raised an additional $1,145.93 to support education, healthcare and agroforestry!! Thank you to the First Communion Class, to their parents and to their religious education instructors. Thank you for living the gospel, bringing love, justice, and clean water and so much more to our Haitian family.
WE’RE CELEBRATING PARISH GRADUATES Each year, OLQP proudly honors parish members who graduated this year by publishing their picture in the Graduation Bulletin. We include middle school, high school and college. If you would like your graduate’s picture in the bulletin, please email the photo to email@example.com and include a notation with the graduate’s name and school. Please indicate “graduation bulletin” in the subject line of your message. Deadline is Monday, June 21 (for publication in the June 26-27 Graduation Bulletin).
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OUR YOUTH DISCIPLES ARE ON A MISSION! Youth Ministry is partnering with Catholic Heart Work Camp this summer and need your support to help them bring the Matthew 25:35 mission to North Haledon, NJ, July 18-24. Every donation counts - will you be a Mission Mate? Please visit the OLQP Work Camp Fundraiser page to make a donation for a specific item, or to make a general donation. Please also share the link with friends and family members interested in supporting our great group of youth disciples. Please contact Rebecca Grant Jenkins with any questions: 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.
FEAST ON THE STREET -- A group of friends and neighbors from the Burke community has decided to join with OLQP, beginning now, to share the load, and the fun, and the joy! The Burke team will provide food and water on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, and OLQP will do the 2nd and 4th Thursday. Donations will be gratefully accepted on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, in the “Feast on the Street” collection bins in front of the parish Ministry Center. If you’d like to learn more about the ministry, and the many ways you can help, Please contact Katie at email@example.com
COLLEGE NIGHTS June 30 - St. Michael's; July 7 - Nativity; July 21 - St. Mary's Old Town (held at St. Mary’s Lyceum); July 28 - St. Mary's Fredericksburg (held at Holy Cross Academy) College Nights are free to all students and provide resources and support for keeping your Catholic faith when entering college this fall. Catholic student representatives from George Mason, UVA, the University of Mary Washington, William & Mary, Virginia Tech, and other private and public schools will be on hand to share their experiences of being a Catholic college student. The Nights begin at 7:00 PM. To register for one of the College Nights and for additional information, visit our website at www.asjb.org.
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/).
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 Tuesday 11:41 am to reflect on the topic of Command. 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)