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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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The Haiti Christmas Drive begins on November 18 and extends through the beginning of January.
Here is how you can make a difference for our twin parish in Medor:
1. Donate online at:
2. Write a check made out to OLQP with "Haiti" on the memo line and mail it to the parish office, or place checks or cash in the Haiti box on the table at the church entrance.
Both printed and electronic cards are available for the Haiti Christmas Card Alternative Gift Program.
-How to get Haiti printed cards:
Pick up cards at the self-serve table at the church entrance.
-How to get the Haiti e-card:
Download the Haiti e-card here
POPE FRANCIS TO ATTEND COP28 You may have seen this headline in recent weeks. What does it mean and why does it matter? COP28 is the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Most countries in the world will send a delegation to the meeting with the hope of creating plans to reach climate goals. This year it will be held in Dubai from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. Significantly, this will be the first year that Pope Francis will attend, speaking to the conference on Dec. 2. In Laudate Deum, he said that COP28 "can represent a change of direction, showing that everything done since 1992 was in fact serious and worth the effort, or else it will be a great disappointment and jeopardize whatever good has been achieved thus far". Our Integrity of Creation Team would like you to join us in keeping Pope Francis and the conference in your prayers over the next few weeks.
[As he said, "our responses have not been adequate, while the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point." To save our climate and our “common home” major changes must be agreed to at this conference.]
REMEMBERING OUR LOVED ONES: The Book of Life The month of November is traditionally a time of remembering and giving thanks for the many blessings God has given us in our lives. In this light, we call attention to the Book of Life in our sanctuary. We invite anyone who has experienced a loss this past year to add the name of that person to our Book of Life at the end of Mass. This will be a continual reminder to us year round of those who have gone before us marked with the sign of the faith and the need to reach out to those who have
suffered a recent loss.
PRISM YOUTH MINISTRY: There will be no Teen Night, Sunday, November 26th. Enjoy this time with your family. Happy Thanksgiving!
TAU YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY: Join us for our Advent Morning of Reflection, Renewal, and Restoration! As we begin this Advent Season let’s reconnect with ourselves and our Lord in this joyous time of hope and expectation. Led by Father Ed Bresnahan of Nativity Church, Burke, VA, the program will begin with breakfast and include talks,
music, and guided meditation. Saturday, December 2, 9:00am – 1:00pm at 1915 S Edgewood. To register go to: https://tinyurl.com/OLQPADVENT2023 or click the qr code: For details contact Rebecca Grant Jenkins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRATITUDE FOR OUR TWINNING RELATIONSHIP WITH ST. JOSEPH OF MEDOR PARISH During this season of Thanksgiving we reflect on our gratitude for our Medor family. We thank them for their prayers and for allowing us to learn about their lives, their joys, and their challenges. We are grateful for the parishioners of OLQP. Thank you for your love for the people of Medor. We are thankful for the twinning of OLQP and St. Joseph parish. Thank you, God, for empowering us to love and serve each other. Please support the Haiti Christmas drive with gifts of prayers and financial backing. Checks can be made out to OLQP with “Haiti” on the memo line and placed in the Haiti box at the church entrance or mailed to the parish office. Online gifts can be made through faith direct to https://membership.faithdirect.net/givenow/VA271/6766
The Haiti Christmas Card Alternative Gift Program offers both printed and electronic cards.
How to get Haiti printed cards:
Pick up cards at the self-serve table at the church entrance.
How to get the Haiti E-card:
Download here and attach the card in an email to your
MASS AND A HEALING PRAYER SERVICE Mass and a Healing Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:00 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary (310 S. Royal Street, Alexandria) on Tuesday, November 28. Fr. John Melmer of St. John the Beloved Church of McLean will celebrate. Confessions will be available. This liturgy comes through the diocesan Catholic Healing Ministry. For more information, contact Grace Sims, 703-981-4620.
SCARVES FOR THOSE IN NEED Call for completed scarves and hats by November 30! The OLQP Knitting Group scarves and hats are due just in time for Christmas and the cold winter months: by November 30. We are handing off the wrapping portion of our work to the Young Adults who will gather that day. If you have any finished scarves or hats, please make sure to drop them off in the foyer basket in Fr Ray Hall or in the Knitters Closet in the Library. Scarves and hats will be distributed to men and women in our metro community through Path Forward, SEEC and Feast on the Streets before Christmas along with a Shoebox. If you are interested in volunteering on wrapping day with the Young Adults (about 2 hours) please contact Monica Rivera: email@example.com.
The Knitting Group has already distributed over 100 baby blankets to Project Gabriel and Comfort Cases, along with children’s hats and scarves to Comfort Cases. Baby blankets are welcome at all times. If you are interested in knitting or crocheting please contact Marilena: firstname.lastname@example.org. We always need gently used gift bags or store bags (Starbucks size), tissue wrapping paper and ziplock bags, yarn is welcome. Many thanks for the generous time and talents of our volunteers in our parish as well as Burke Quilters, YarnCrafters, Jefferson YarnCrafters and many friends and neighbors.
NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH – One focus of the Building Forever Families ministry is children aging out of foster care. Can you imagine being 18 years old, and venturing into adulthood with no family support, guidance, or encouragement? No home to return to for Christmas? No one to help you with your resume or find and furnish your first apartment? The Building Forever Families ministry works to support youths aging out of the foster care system as they learn to navigate life as an adult. Find out how you can help – your involvement could change the course of their life! Contact Rebecca.E.Carpenter@gmail.com or DebralphOLQP@gmail.com to learn more.
LUTHERAN IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICES — HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS Please help us offer immigrant and refugees some hope this Christmas by filling out a Christmas card (without the envelope) and dropping it off in the decorated boxes in the back of the church with the volunteers this weekend or next, November 18-19 and 25-26. If you can offer $1 for each card you submit (for processing by LIRS), it is very much appreciated. For more information, email@example.com Carey Gauzens, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Debra Johnson email@example.com.
SAVE YOUR SHOEBOXES AND SAVE THE DATE! The OLQP shoeboxes for the homeless tradition is back. On Sunday, December 10, our parish will gather to fill with love and wrap with hope shoeboxes for the homeless gals and guys in DC, Arlington and Alexandria. Please save the date and your boxes. Additional information coming soon. If you have any questions please contact Monica Rivera (787-603-6654) firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS CARDS NEEDED! Have Christmas cards lying about? We are collecting new and gently used Christmas cards to recycle for the Shoe Boxes. Please drop off cards to Rebecca Grant Jenkins in the Ministry Center (office with the blue and white curtain) or in the MATT 25 bins, no later than Sunday December 3rd.
THE FAITH VOICE AT COP28 -THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH AT 12- 1 PM REGISTER HERE The world’s attention will be on the critically important climate conference (COP28) that begins on Nov. 30th in Dubai. In this timely discussion, Dr. Hayhoe, Dr. Zenner, and staff from Laudato Si’ Movement and Catholic Climate Covenant will provide insight and analysis on: COP28: The expectations for this global meeting, the key issues the delegates will discuss, and the impact Pope Francis might have when he addresses the delegates on Dec. 2nd. Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Laudate Deum, and how it might impact the outcomes of the COP28 meeting. We hope you can join us. Remember that we send the recording of our webinars to all who register.
ECO-TIP: In addition to free trade items, consider giving "bird-friendly" Christmas gifts. They include coffee, rice, beer, chocolate and more. Through rigorous certification, bird-friendly products protect wildlife, their habitat and encourage farmers to use modern conservation practices. Bird-friendly coffee is available online, at Whole Foods and MOM's Organic Market.
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)