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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.
Registration is now open. Please go to the parish website Youth Ministry Page, to register and for more information.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER MEMORIALS We invite you to remember a deceased loved one with a Christmas Flower Memorial. Memorials will be published in the Sunday bulletin on the weekend of December 25-26. Please complete this form, make your donation payable to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church (donation amount is at your discretion) and send to the parish office (attention Christina) or drop in the collection basket by Sunday, December 19th. Please be sure to meet the deadline of 12/19! Donations can also be made through FaithDirect.net (OLQP code: VA271), but be sure to send an email with memorial information to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Flower Memorial” in the subject line, again by 12/19.
Christmas Flower Memorial:
Requested by: ______________________________________
FRIDAY EVENING ROSARY DURING ADVENT A Weekly Rosary will be offered by the Respect Life Ministry in the church to pray for those women who suffer during the Christmas season because they have experienced an abortion or are contemplating an abortion. Rosaries will be said at 7:00 pm on Fridays December 3rd, 10th and 17th. All are welcome. If you have a question, please contact Julie Hanlon Bolton at 508-360-1082.
HAITI CHRISTMAS DRIVE: TIS’ THE SEASON OF THANKSGIVING AND COMPASSION The Haiti Christmas Drive is in full swing and we are grateful for our twinning relationship with St. Joseph parish and the impact it has on the education, agro-forestry, clean water, sanitation, and solar initiatives that empower our Medor family. How you can make a difference in Medor:
1. Donate through FaithDirect by clicking here.
2. Write a check made out to OLQP-Haiti and mail to the parish office or place checks or cash in the Haiti box on the table at the church entry.
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 entry.
How to get the Haiti E-card:
Download from the parish website here.
and attach the card in an email to your loved ones.
YOU ARE INVITED TO A VIRTUAL TOUR OF MEDOR! Mark your calendars! Please join the Haiti Committee on Sunday December 19 at 7:30 PM for a virtual tour of Medor, Haiti. This family friendly one-hour event will spotlight the successes and challenges of life in our twin parish. Here is the zoom link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89765117541? pwd=eDVRUjdOWlBoVE0yWUNhd1YyY204Zz09
SAVE THE DATE: YOUTH MINISTRY LOCK-IN! Friday, January 14th, 7pm. Join us (with masks and social distancing) for an evening of fellowship, food, and fun!
THANKSGIVING 2021, A GREAT SUCCESS -- Thank you to all who donated, volunteered, picked up, delivered or prayed. We were able to feed over 720 families. Thank you to Rebecca, the teens and their families for making our drive through drop off a big success as well. Your generosity with those who have the least is always astounding.
NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH – “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.” That’s the message that Adopt US Kids tries to convey about becoming an adoptive or foster family. Kids in foster care don’t need perfection; they need the commitment and love a permanent adoptive family can provide. If this sounds like something you could do, learn more at www.adoptuskids.org, or join OLQP’s Building Forever Families ministry. Contact Rebecca.E.Carpenter@gmail.com or DebralphOLQP@gmail.com to learn more.
CLASSES START SOON! English for Speakers of Other Languages. Register for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Computer Literacy, GED, ESOL for Childcare, ComTIA or Citizenship preparation. Different class levels are available. Classes are available online with some offerings available in person in Manassas, Sterling and Alexandria. The classes are 12 weeks and include the class materials. Space is limited and are low cost. Financial assistance may be available. Please contact us at 571-208-1572 or email@example.com for more details.
AMAZONSMILE – HOLIDAY SHOPPING. THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Your holiday shopping can help make a difference, at no additional cost to you! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, or in the Amazon app with AmazonSmile turned on within Settings, you'll find the same products and same low prices as the Amazon you already know -plus, Amazon donates a portion of your purchases to your chosen charity. You can select OLQP Arlington VA as your AmazonSmile charity by visiting: smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0800050
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 – remembering and giving thanks for the loved ones we have lost -- 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 throughout the year of those who have gone before us, marked with a sign of faith and the need to reach out to those who have suffered a recent loss.
DAILY ADVENT REFLECTIONS Sign up to receive a reflection written by fellow OLQP parishioners on the Daily Readings during the season of Advent. Reflections will be emailed in either English or Spanish as preferred. Sign up using this link https://forms.gle/WtsWDwdK9153Ac6Q8 or contact Bob Finke, firstname.lastname@example.org .
REGISTER WITH THE PARISH / UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION / LET US KNOW YOU’RE MOVING. If you have never officially registered with the parish, we invite you to do so. It is very helpful to us to have accurate information. Visit the parish website (www.olqpva.org) click on about us >> register >> register with us. If you need to update your record or would like a copy of the information we have on file for your family, please send a message to Jeannette Gantz Daly, email@example.com.
PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND TO EMAIL AND. TEXT MESSAGE REQUESTS FOR HELP
These fake messages that appear to be from Fr. Tim continue to be a problem. Fr. Tim will not ask for your help in this way and will certainly not send you to the drug store to buy gift cards. Clues to watch for – email address is other than his, the language used just doesn’t sound like him and there’s a level of urgency that feels unrealistic. These are fake messages – both email and text messages. If you are at all unsure, please call the parish office for verification.
SHOEBOX MINISTRY FOR ARLINGTON’S HOMELESS Why a Shoebox? Biodegradable, portable, lightweight, re-useable. What Goes Inside? Personal care, health and comfort items (lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, socks, shampoo, nail clipper, gloves, flashlight, lip balm, notepad, pen, and some candy). Suppose I do not have a shoebox! Shop for suggested items, individually, or buy a large quantity of one item. Hotel samples are in high demand too. Deliver the bag to church on Dec 11/12. What is the timeframe? The packing, wrapping, storing process happens on Dec 11-12 this year. Deliver all items on that weekend. What if I hate to wrap? To add dignity and delight to our mundane gifts, we wrap all shoeboxes in the Founders Room starting at 10:30. Boxes and fillings are welcome after all Masses. Leave at the back of the church or bring directly to the Founders Room. What if I love to wrap? Wrap your boxes at home. Designate for a man or a woman. OR offer to be part of our Organizing and Wrapping Teams in the Founders Room, one hour shifts, small, safely-spaced and masked groups. December 12 from 10:35 AM till we finish. Can children participate? Wrapping is a multi-generational family sport on Shoebox Sunday. There are tasks for even 3 year olds (accompanied by their family). One hour shifts start at 10:30. Any other info? Remember there are more than twice as many men as women needing our gifts in Arlington this year. This is nearly a 35 year old tradition at Queen of Peace. Empty shoe boxes are desperately needed, but only on Dec 11-12. Scarves are donated by the Scarves for the Homeless Committee.
How do I/we volunteer to shop? to donate? to wrap? Because this year is likely to be different, we need to know about participation. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (AnnFelker) to plan for wrapping and distribution. Please, then thank you.
MATTHEW 25 NEEDS WINTER CLOTHING We are always grateful for your donations, but we are getting more summer clothing than winter. Please review your closets and offer some of your gently warn winter clothing for men, women, children, and infants. Thank you very much.
REJOICE! JOURNEY WITH MARY - Join us for the Young Adult Advent Afternoon of Reflection on Saturday, December 4th from 1-4pm. This mini-retreat will be lead by Sister Marie Benedict Elliott, FSE. Come as we journey with Mary this Advent season. Send an email to email@example.com to register.
JUST$$ - OLQP continues its Just$ Holiday Sale Event of Giant and Safeway Grocery cards after all masses (except for the 1:00 PM) this weekend and next, and the first two weekends in December (4/5 and 11/12). The cards for sale were purchased but not sold due to the pandemic shutdown. Parishioners can purchase cards for their own holiday shopping, to give as holiday gifts, and to donate to personal causes. Also, cards that are purchased and donated back to the parish will go to the “Pastor’s Outreach Fund” where they may be used for any number of programs – food assistance, Gabriel Project, Shoeboxes for the Homeless, Brown Bag Lunches for SEEC day laborers, etc. Father Tim has a plan to fairly distribute donated cards. Currently, Giant and Safeway cards are available in various denominations. You can purchase cards with cash or check.
“O COME, O COME EMMANUEL!” All are invited to MINKISI's advent Scripture Prayer and Reflection, at 6:45-9:00 pm, December 6, in Zoom. Jackie Smith will lead the meditation on Luke 3:16. For program questions, contact facilitator Cecilia Braveboy, firstname.lastname@example.org or for registration assistance, Melody Atkinson, email@example.com. Further details and registration: https://bit.ly/MinkisiDecember2021.
ECO-TIP: Online shopping's "free returns with free shipping" policy can be an inducement to order more items than you plan to keep. Be wise in what you order, as an estimated 25% of returns, especially clothing, ends up in landfills.
THE CHURCH AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF CANADA: A RACIAL JUSTICE TRAGEDY
Please join the Racial Justice Ministry of St. John Neumann Church on Tuesday, December 14, at 7 pm via Zoom for this special presentation. For over 100 years starting in the 1880s, an estimated 150,000 indigenous Canadian children were taken from their homes and sent to schools run mainly by the Catholic Church in Canada. (Catholic organizations ran similar boarding schools in the U.S.) Unmarked graves of thousands of these children have been found on former Catholic school properties. To learn more about this tragedy, the current situation of indigenous people of Canada, and most importantly, what the Canadian government and Catholic Church are doing to achieve truth and reconciliation, we’ll hear from Gerry Kelly and Donna Naughton. Mr. Kelly has served as Director of the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and helped establish the Catholic Aboriginal Council for Reconciliation. Ms. Naughton, an Anishinaabe woman, is Executive Director of the Kateri Native Ministries in Ottawa and a member of the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Relations Committee of the Archdiocese of Ottawa. To register, go to https://bit.ly/3bMl5ZX by December 13 and fill out the short registration form.
OLQP Weekly Moment
Join the parish community on Monday at 10:36 pm to reflect on the topic of Redemption. 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 - 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)