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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.
Black History Month February 2024
Read Bishop's Report on the Arlington Diocese Synod results summary…
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Evening and weekend activities (except scheduled Masses): OLQP follows the decision of Arlington Public Schools for cancellation of evening and weekend activities. Those traveling outside the local school district should use their best judgment. For the most up-to-date information for Arlington Public Schools, please call 1-866-322-4277 or visit School Status Alerts - Arlington Public Schools (apsva.us)
Parish Office Staff and Weekday Activities, 8:30am-4:30pm: Office and weekday activities follow the decision of the Federal Government. Tune in to your local radio and tv stations for updated information or visit www.opm.gov/ policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/
Scheduled Masses: The decision to cancel Masses within the Diocese of Arlington is made by Bishop Burbidge and broadcast on local radio and tv stations.
To the extent it is possible, notice will be placed on the parish website www.ourladyqueenofpeace.org and parish calendar http://calendar.olqpva.org/. Use your best judgment when traveling outside the immediate area.
FOOD PANTRY FOOD COLLECTION WEEKEND Food Collection Weekend is each second weekend of the month for our busy food pantry. If you were unable to bring food this weekend, please consider dropping off donations anytime during the week or making a monetary donation on our website (ourladyqueenofpeace.org>>donate, then click the donate button). Thank you for your continued support.
2024 BISHOP’S LENTEN APPEAL (BLA) BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW This weekend each household is asked to make a BLA pledge or gift. This appeal provides an opportunity to unite as a Catholic family to support programs, ministries and services helping tens of thousands of people. After reflecting upon God’s blessings to you, please consider a pledge to the BLA. Each donation is vital to the success of the appeal and the important work that it funds. You may complete a pledge card at Mass, mail in your pledge, go online to www.arlingtondiocese.org/BLA. Watch the newly created BLA youtube video to learn more about this year's BLA theme.
CONFIRMATION CLASS and PRISM TEEN NIGHT are cancelled for this Sunday. Enjoy the long weekend.
SAVE THE DATE: Confirmation Lasagna Dinner, March 16th
Dinner will include salad, lasagna, rolls, and dessert. Proceeds will go towards school supplies and water treatment buckets for our sister parish community at St. Joseph’s in Medor, Haiti. We’re also looking for Lasagna dinner variety show entertainment. Please contact Rebecca, Youth Ministry Director if interested in performing: email@example.com.
NEWS FROM MEDOR: Today’s gospel describes Jesus fasting in the desert. He was hungry! Please recall that hunger is an issue for many people in our sister parish, where food insecurity has been an issue for years. Now violent gangs are preventing the transport of food for the parish’s school lunch program, magnifying the problem. Medor’s 3,200 school children depend on a daily school lunch; it is the main source of nourishment for many students. We had thought that the lunches were a motivating factor in school attendance. But Medor’s students continue coming to class even without the meals. Their motivation to learn sets an example for us all. During this Lenten season, please pray for peace and security in Haiti. Please pray that every member of our Medor family has enough to eat.
HOLY HOUR SONG – SILENCE – SCRIPTURE
Please join us in the church for Holy Hour on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm. We will gather this month on the 22nd. We will meditate on Scripture readings, (in Spanish and English), sing Taizé style songs and sit quietly in prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. A wonderful opportunity to slow down and sit with God in the midst of our busy lives.
SUNG STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Come refresh your soul during Lent with the Sung Stations of the Cross. In the musical style of Taize, these unique stations invite you to pray along with thoughtful reflections on the Via Crucis and join in a meditative refrain. The Sung Stations will be offered on three Wednesdays -- Feb. 21, March 6, and March 20 -- at 7 pm in the church and live streamed at YouTube and FaceBook page . Reconciliation will be offered from 6:30-8 pm. For more information, contact Monica Perz-Waddington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a link to an article that was written in 2018: https://www.catholicherald.com/news/arts/sung_stations_of_the_cross_at_our_lady,_queen_of_peace/
LENTEN RICE BOWL JOURNEY Lent is here. Once again, OLQP joins more than 12,000 Catholic communities across the country in the Rice Bowl journey. During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on global hunger and act to assist our vulnerable brothers and sisters. We will meet people in Uganda, El Salvador and Indonesia – part of our one family in Christ. Please plan to have a Rice Bowl on your table; bowls will be available at the back of church
COMMITMENT TO SERVICE
Jesus rose from supper and took off his outer garments…Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel from around his waist….Then he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” -- John 13
During the upcoming season of Lent, commit to following Jesus’ example of service. Please take a purple Commitment to Service card from the back of
church and reflect on how you plan to serve. Keep your card in a place where you will be reminded daily and then bring it back on Holy Thursday (March 28) as your offertory gift.
MATTHEW 25 REQUEST: Please review your outerwear and donate any gently used or new items, especially jackets. We accept donations Saturday through Thursday from 9am-12noon – No Donations on Fridays, please. Thank you.
STONE SOUP SUPPER SERIES — The annual series will continue Friday, February 23, with 6 p.m. daily mass followed by a modest meal with a speaker beginning promptly at 7 p.m. Our speaker will be Rev. Ed Bresnahan of Nativity Catholic Church, Burke. He will talk about almsgiving. If you need a refresher or just want to hear a different take on what Lent has to offer, come join us for a wonderful evening. We will have the series this year in Father Ray Hall.
Eat Less Meat
Why I Stopped Eating Meat
As a child of the 70s, I ate typical meat-centered meals. In college and early in my career, I met vegetarians and learned about the dark side of how our meat is produced in factory farms. Since I have a deep respect for all of God’s
creation, I was sickened by the inhumane treatment of cows, pigs and chickens. Factory farms are a far cry from the Old McDonald’s Farm we sang about in school.
My fiancée, Kimber, concerned about his family history of heart disease, was also interested in eating healthier, especially eating less meat. Together, we
began the journey to cutting meat from our diet completely. For the last 30 years, we’ve enjoyed a meat-free diet. We still eat eggs, cheese, fish and
seafood occasionally, but the vast majority of our meals are plant based, which we love.
Some of our favorite meals are zucchini noodles (zoodles) with mushroom meatballs, ginger-garlic tofu with broccoli stir fry, and spinach and black bean
enchiladas. We love our BLTs made with veggie bacon. We enjoy eating out, and almost every restaurant now offers plant-based options.
We are delighted that Pope Francis has spoken forcefully on the urgent need for action on the climate crisis, including consuming less meat. Perhaps this
Lent can provide a good opportunity to add more plant-based meals to your diet. You may find, as we have, that they can become some of your favorites,
and contribute to a healthier world as well.
Brenda Craine, Integrity of Creation Team
BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN FILM (BHMIF) The Social Justice and Ujamaa Committees are sponsoring a film series. The third movie is on Saturday, February 24, at 2:15 p.m. in the Ministry Centers Founders’ Room. This year’s theme is Celebrating Black Artistry. We will be watching the movie Summer of Soul. This will NOT be a hybrid viewing; in-person only. For information, contact Sally Diaz-Wells at email@example.com.
LIVE JESUS! 2024 “Bloom where you are planted,” this year’s theme for Live Jesus – how Salesian wisdom grounds us to live well where we are! Register at oblates.org for Saturday, March 9, 8am-12:45pm at Bishop Ireton High School. Speakers: Fr. Kevin Nadolski, OSFS, Fr. Matt Hillyard, OSFS and Kathleen McNutt. A morning of reflection with continental breakfast, speakers, fellowship and prayer.
ADVOCATES FOR JUSTICE: In the Virginia General Assembly, the “crossover” of legislation is now complete. The frenzy is underway as Members in the State Senate consider the bills that were passed in the House of Delegates — and the bills passed earlier in the Senate are now under consideration in the House. Advocates note that the biennial budget is quickly becoming the focus of the Members’ work in Richmond. A balanced budget must be adopted before the end of the fiscal year, no later than June 30. The Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) is one source of data and information (VPAP.org). Let us pray that our elected Members will work together harmoniously to find common ground and pass laws that will benefit the common good for all Virginians.
LAMENT OF RACIAL JUSTICE
Pause and praise in OLQP Minkisi’s annual “Lament of Racial Justice,” a virtual gospel music prayer service using the Stations of the Cross icons from our church walls, Monday, March 4, 6:45-9:00 pm. Questions to Cecilia Braveboy, firstname.lastname@example.org and tech, Julia Rocchi, email@example.com. See details in the required Eventbrite registration by Fri., March 1: https://bit.ly/Minkisi04March2024.
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)