In the midst of the awful tragedy in Charleston we unite ourselves in prayer with the children, women and men of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. While our thoughts and prayers surely enfold them in the midst of their sorrow and grief, I would ask that each of us write a card or note of support and send it to the church (Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 110 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401). This simple action is meant to be a sign that we stand with them, over and against the racist hatred that brought about this tragedy. We confess them as "sister and brother" and recognize, that in this act of racial hatred, all are diminished.

Let us pray that out of this tragedy Grace makes for us a moment of enlightenment for our country...a moment of conversion of hearts.

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

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.

CLW Summer Break
Our Children's Liturgy of the Word program will break for a few weeks as we work to update the program and paint the Chapel. A very special thanks to Chapel Ministers Ford Williams and Anthony Felipe for their service. Ford will be going to college in the fall. Anthony will join a new group of high school students who will work together to share the Sunday Gospel message with the children of OLQP. High school students who are interested in being a part of this effort are invited to apply by contacting Katie: Kremedios@olqpva.org.

Photos of Graduates
Each year, OLQP proudly honors our recent graduates by publishing their picture in the bulletin. We include middle school, high school and college. Email your graduate's photo to office@olqpva.org and include a notation with the graduate's name and school. The deadline is July 5th for publication in the July 12th Graduation Bulletin.

Young Adult Potluck
Please join us Sunday, June 28th, after the 6 pm Mass for an "All-American" theme potluck. We're honoring Independence Day with a red, white and blue theme. Bring your favorite food or drink to share; the Founders Room will be open and available before Mass to drop off food/drink.


Doing Justice

food pantry

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.

Labor Team Potluck
The Labor and Income Inequality Team will hold its Summer potluck meeting on Saturday, June 27th, at noon in the Founders Room. We'll be discussing our agenda for the next 6 months. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Laura at: htlaura1@gmail.com.

DAPA/DACA Briefing
On Sunday July 12th from 2:30-4 pm Catholic Charities and VOICE will be hosting a briefing in Fr. Ray Hall on the current status of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs and what those who are eligible should be doing during this time. This event is open to the public and will be held in Spanish. For more information, call 301-337-5792.


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)