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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: ____________________________________
HAITI CHRISTMAS DRIVE: Tis’ the Season of Thanksgiving and Compassion
The Haiti Christmas Drive is underway. 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 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.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES SERVES THOUSANDS – With Your Support
The theme for the 2022 Catholic Charities Parish Christmas Collection recalls the words of Our Blessed Mother: My Soul Rejoices in the Lord. We Rejoice because of the graces God pours upon us. Out of gratitude, we respond by carrying the love of Jesus to our neighbors, especially those in most need. Please prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift to this Collection. Look for the special insert in the bulletin at Mass next weekend, or visit ccda.net/Christmas.
YOUNG ADULTS ADVENT MORNING OF REFLECTION Rejoice and join us for an advent morning of reflection on Saturday, December 3, from 8:00am to 12:30pm at 1915 S Edgewood St. Breakfast will be served! Father Ed Bresnahan, Parochial Vicar at the Church of the Nativity, will be our retreat leader. Hope you can join us as we journey with Joseph during this advent season. For more information and RSVP please contact Rebecca Grant Jenkins, email@example.com.
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. Please Contact Rebecca.E.Carpenter@gmail.com or DebralphOLQP@gmail.com to learn more.
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.
MOTHER OF LIGHT CENTER CHRISTMAS GIFT DRIVE: MOLC will distribute gifts to over 500 children in Northern Virginia this Christmas. Approximately 250 families will receive Christmas packages with gifts for each child and a gift card (or two!) Please consider helping us reach our goal by donating a new gift (worth $20-35) or gift cards to Walmart or Target by December 11. Drop off at MOLC at 421 Clifford Avenue, Alexandria from 10am – 2pm Monday through Saturday. To order a gift and have it delivered directly, visit our Amazon Wish List at https://bit.ly/ MOLCChristmas. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCARVES FOR THE HOMELESS WRAPPING DAY, DEC 2 The Scarves for the Homeless and those in need will be wrapped on Friday, Dec 2 at 9:30 am in the Founders Room immediately to your right when you enter the Ministry Center. Scarves and hats will be distributed to men and women in our metro community through Path Forward and Feast on the Street before Christmas along with a Shoebox. We have already distributed blankets, hats and scarves to Comfort Cases (children in foster care), Doorways for Women and Children, and Project Gabriel. If you are interested in volunteering on that day (about 2 hours) please contact Marilena: email@example.com. We need gently used gift bags or store bags (Starbucks size), tissue wrapping paper and ziplock bags, yarn is always welcome. If you are a knitter, please drop off your creations by the end of November. All donations go in the basket in the front entrance of Fr Ray Hall. Many thanks for the generous time and talents of our volunteers.
NEWS FROM MEDOR Father Frantz, pastor of St. Joseph of Medor parish, sent this message: “Even though the inhabitants of Medor, along with everyone in Haiti, have terrible difficulties with the current situation in our country, there are positives for us: The schools in St. Joseph Parish are open and the teachers are paid. The gangs are not in Medor. We do not have cholera. And, I can add that we celebrate Mass every day. These positives are a ray of sunshine in the darkness of the situation in Haiti.” Please pray for peace and security in Haiti.
SHOEBOX Ministry for the Homeless If Halloween is over and DST is over for another year, then it is time to start gathering the collection of shoeboxes that is lurking in the closet because in December we will be wrapping them for the homeless in Arlington and Alexandria – filled with essential items. More information soon to come, but if you have any questions please contact Monica Rivera (firstname.lastname@example.org).
YOUTH MINISTRY: Rising 9-12th 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 also needed to accompany our OLQP youth in their discipleship. Please contact Rebecca Grant Jenkins, email@example.com.
TEEN NIGHT NEWS--There will be no teen night on Sunday, November 27th. We will resume December 4th, after the 6:00pm Mass.
COME TO MINKISI’S ADVENT SCRIPTURE PRAYER “Shedding the Light with Jesus!” on Monday, December 5, 6:45 pm (Zoom). Meditation with Grace Rissetto 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.
TIPS FOR AN ECO-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS:
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.
IGNATIAN VOLUNTEER CORPS – Serving the Least Among Us
The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) is a Jesuit-sponsored organization that provides retired men and women, age 50 and older with substantive opportunities to serve others and transform lives. IVC matches the skills, talents and life experiences of these volunteers with nonprofit organizations that assist the materially poor or address issues related to poverty. A unique feature of IVC is a spiritual reflection component that helps volunteers discover the deeper meaning in their service, and their lives. To learn more about IVC, contact Mike Goggin, Senior Director, IVC of the National Capital Area: 202-277-4447 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.ivcusa.org/NCA.
OLQP Weekly Moment
Join the parish community on Friday at 11:35 to reflect on the topic of Paradise. 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)