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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.
CELEBRATING BLACK CATHOLIC HISTORY MONTH.
Learn about Black Catholic Saints and Saints-to-be in this video created by members of the OLQP Young Adult Ministry. BLACK CATHOLIC SAINTS
Read Bishop's Report on the Arlington Diocese Synod results summary…
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 24-25. 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 18th. Please be sure to meet the deadline of 12/18! 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 12/18.
Christmas Flower Memorial: Honoring:________________________________________
Requested by: ____________________________________
THE GIVING TREE – Support SEEC Day Laborers! We invite you to support the parish in providing lunch for SEEC day labors. Each week a group of volunteers shop, prepare and package lunches for Shirlington Day Laborers through the Brown Bag Lunch Program. The Giving Tree supports this effort: take a ‘brown bag angel’ ornament from the basket under the giving tree in the sanctuary, place your donation inside the ornament and hang it on the tree. The tree will be in the sanctuary through the Christmas season.
MANY THANKS on behalf of the 824 families that were given a Thanksgiving food basket this year. The need was great and the generosity that you showed was even greater.
GIANT FOOD MARKET -- has selected Our Lady Queen of Peace Church Food Pantry to receive $1 from every Bloomin' 4 Good bouquet sold during the month of January 2023 at: 2901-11 South Glebe Road, Arlington. Please support the food pantry by buying flowers. Thank you.
FOOD COLLECTION WEEKEND is December 10-11, to stock our Food Pantry. Please pick up some or all these items: Instant Yellow Corn Tortilla flour (not cornmeal), 24 oz. Canola or Corn Oil, Cereal (low sugar), Canned Tuna or chicken, Canned Fruit in own juices, 24 oz. Pasta Sauce, Canned Vegetables, White Rice, Dried Beans, and Macaroni and Cheese. Thank you.
HELP STRUGGLING MOMS CLOTH THEIR BABIES The volunteers serving the customers of the Gabriel Project are happy to help struggling pregnant women and mothers of babies younger that one-year old. We are reaching out to our parish family for donations of winter baby clothes, especially coats sizes newborn to 24-months. We're also in need of warm baby blankets, bottles, formula and newborn diapers. Anything for a baby will help! Thanks in advance for your generosity.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 10:00 TO 11:30 A.M., GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS VIGIL AT NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION HEADQUARTERS. We will commemorate the 26 victims on the 10th anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre – the impetus for the monthly protests that have been held in front of the NRA headquarters in Fairfax without fail, every single month since. This event will feature many guest speakers and the involvement of faith leaders. Please plan to attend this important event in front of the NRA HQ at 11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax to remind the gun lobby and Congress that we have not gone away and we are still demanding better laws to protect our children and all of the people in our country from gun violence.
CARPENTER'S SHELTER DINNER Thursday, December 15 Our meal this month is meatloaf, veggie entree, mashed potatoes, green beans and salad. We will be providing dinner for 50 people; dinner will be served as usual at the shelter and the rest delivered to the Winter Shelter every night until spring. With Carpenter's increased needs, we welcome everyone who wants to contribute. Thank you! Deliver food to the parish office kitchen Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30, or to Fr. Ray Hall kitchen on the day of dinner, 4:00-5:00pm. Please label food with date and description and place it in the refrigerator, freezer or counter. Please note if you're delivering directly to the Shelter (930 N. Henry Street in Alexandria) label food the same and add our church name & "dinner". If you have any questions, contact Mary Resnick, 703-462-4841, email@example.com.
NEWS FROM MEDOR The Haiti Christmas Drive helps support the education of 3,100 children in five primary schools and one secondary school. Many of these children would not be able to receive an education without our help.
How you can make a difference in Medor:
1. Donate online at: https:// www.ourladyqueenofpeace.org/haiti-ministry.html
2. Write a check made out to OLQP with "Haiti" on the memo line and mail it to the parish office or place it (or cash) in the Haiti box on the table at the church entry.
Both printed and electronic cards are available for the Haiti Christmas Card Alternative Gift Program.
How To Get Printed Cards - There are 3 options to pick up printed cards:
Thank you for your love and support for our Medor family.
YOUTH MINISTRY: Rising 9-12 graders -- Time to register for Catholic Heart Work Camp, our annual mission trip led by Father Martin and Rebecca Grant Jenkins, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries. July 16-21. The cost is $300; a $100 deposit reserves your spot. Financial assistance is available if needed. Adult volunteers are also needed to accompany our OLQP youth in their discipleship. Please contact Rebecca Grant Jenkins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLACK CATHOLIC MINISTRY Share, Teach and Reflect Corner!
Thaddenia West (1914-2012) moved from DC to Arlington to care for her sister after graduating high school. She left her impression in Arlington, as the youngest adult of the 16 African American Catholics who successfully petitioned for the founding of our parish (1945). Mrs. West would also be the last surviving parish founder. Thaddenia worked for 57.5 years at Woodward & Lothrop, starting temporarily folding clothes, and retiring as an IT Specialist at age 80. Thaddenia donated time to establish clubs in Arlington for Black teens, focusing on fellowship, scholarship, and good manners. Many Black
professionals in the coming decades were teen club alumni.
WORLD YOUTH DAY 2023 PILGRIMAGE At all Masses this weekend, December 3rd & 4th, our OLQP pilgrims traveling to Portugal for World Youth Day will be in the back of the church offering sea shells, a traditional symbol of being on a journey. We invite you to take a shell and join us on the pilgrimage through your prayers and financial support. Thank you!
Even if you don’t take a shell, you can still make a pledge of any amount to help our pilgrims out by following the online giving instructions on the parish’s online giving platform. No gift is too small, and no gift is too large. Please include your email address or other contact information so we can properly send you a thank you and share prayer and updates about the pilgrimage with you. Give online
JOB OPPORTUNITY – Faith Formation Assistant OLQP is seeking to hire a part-time assistant to the director of faith formation. The ideal candidate has excellent computer, organizational and communication skills, and is bilingual (English/Spanish preferred; no essential). Responsibilities include managing registration, scheduling classes and events, working with families, communication reminders, occasional weekend availability and other tasks as needed. Please submit email message of interest along with resume to email@example.com (FF Director Cecilia Lopez Oetgen). Position open until filled.
COME TO MINKISI’S ADVENT SCRIPTURE PRAYER Register by midnight Dec. 4 for Minkisi’s Advent Scripture Prayer, “Shedding the Light with Jesus!” on Monday, December 5, 6:45 pm (Zoom). Meditate on 2 Corinthians 4:6, followed by a book discussion. Contact facilitator Cecilia Braveboy for program questions, Jisaac3@verizon.net and for tech questions, Julia Rocchi, firstname.lastname@example.org. See the info and Eventbrite registration: https://bit.ly/MinkisiDecember2022.
ECO-TIP: Give "bird-friendly" Christmas gifts. They include coffee, rice, maple syrup, beer, and chocolate and are becoming more available. Through rigorous certification, bird-friendly products protect wildlife, their habitat and encourage farmers to use modern conservation practices. Bird-friendly coffee is available online and at Whole Foods and Wegmans.
OLQP Weekly Moment
Join the parish community on Friday at 3:01 pm to reflect on the topic of Encouragement. 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 email@example.com 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)