OLQP Celebrates 70th Anniversary

This year, Our Lady Queen of Peace is celebrating its 70th Anniversary as a parish that bears witness to the teachings of Jesus Christ through our liturgical celebrations, educational endeavors and social justice ministries, and our commitment to being a diverse and multi-ethnic community that looks out for the well-being of those who are marginalized. Check out these images from our history as we have grown over the years:


Bible and candle

Annual Parish Picnic
This year's parish picnic is Sunday, September 13, on the parish grounds. Join us for the 12 noon bilingual Mass followed by picnic festivities from 1-5 pm. There will be no 11:15 am or 1:00 pm Mass on picnic Sunday. The parish will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ chicken tenders, fried fish, and cold drinks. We kindly request that everyone who plans to attend bring a salad, side dish or dessert (enough to feed 8 people). There will be sign-up sheets at the back of the church beginning soon for those who wish to volunteer to this much awaited yearly event. Bernadette Lozano, Picnic Chair: 571-269-2280, valdezbvd@yahoo.com.

Ushers/Greeters Wanted
OLQP is looking for people who are willing to serve as ushers/greeters at their regular Mass. If you would like to serve in this ministry, please attend the brief training session in the church on Saturday, August 22 at 10 am. Experienced Usher/Greeters are required to attend as well. If you have questions contact Ginny Franco at vfranco1@verizon.net or call 703-751-7110.

Religious Education Registration
If you missed last weekend's opportunity to sign up for the fall RE program, you can still register by completing the forms found at the back of the church. All families, new and returning, are asked to complete the registration form and attached emergency information sheet. Please place them in the file folder located in the rear of the church. Contact RE@olqpva.org with questions.

Neighborhood Circles Training
New families who want to join a Neighborhood Religious Education Circle must attend a 45-minute information session which will explain how the circles operate, what resources are available, and other expectations. The last training session is scheduled for Sunday August 9th at 10:45 a.m. Please reserve your place by contacting RE@OLQPVA.org.


Doing Justice

school supplies

Back to School Clothing and Supplies
Several of the Religious Education circles are sponsoring a campaign to gather children's clothing (new or used in good condition), shoes, school supplies and backpacks for area children going back to school. Please put your donations in the blue container behind Fr. Ray Hall or bring them to the Founders Room between 2 and 6 p.m. on August 9th. For more information, please contact Pat Vinkenes, 703-532-5721, patvinkenes@yahoo.com.

Laudato Si'
Pope Francis has issued a new encyclical on the environment titled Laudato Si'. OLQP parishioners are encouraged to familiarize themselves with this encyclical. You can read the full text in English or in Spanish on the Vatican web site. A one-page summary of the main points of Laudato Si' prepared by the USCCB is also available.

Justice for Farmworkers Movie and Discussion
Join the Labor and Income Inequality Team on July 26th at 3 p.m. in Ministry Center Classrooms 1 and 2 for a screening of Food Chains and a discussion with campaign organizers to learn about the Fair Food Program and how the parish can help support the farmworkers' movement for justice. Popcorn will be served! Email Laura at htlaura1@gmail.com with questions or to join the Labor Team.

Gabriel Project
Gabriel Project receives and distributes many kinds of baby items, especially to the moms who come on Wed mornings to our Food Pantry. We can always use baby wipes, baby shampoo, strollers, baby clothes (esp. girls) in sizes 6-9-12 months, diapers sizes 2,3,4 and small gift bags. If you have large items please contact us as our space is limited: sharizamarra@yahoo.com, 703-323-9367.


Our Lady Queen of Peace

2700 South 19th Street
Arlington, Virginia, 22204, USA
703-979-5580 Office
703-979-5590 Fax
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed on federal holidays)